Visiting an unfamiliar place may sometimes seem complicated for people with disabilities. There are certain forms of transportation and touristic attractions that are simply not prepared to meet the disabled people’s needs.
Fortunately, Barcelona takes that issue very seriously and has been working hard to make the city accessible for those in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility.
Barcelona’s main airport, El Prat, is equipped with handicapped toilets and has assistants that will help you get to your selected form of transportation to travel into the city.
Most subway stations in Barcelona have elevators that allow disabled visitors to go from the main floor to the platform, and some of them have ramps to facilitate the entry into the carriage. If you want to know which subway stations are prepared to receive disabled visitors and which aren’t, visit TMB’s website.
All the city’s buses are equipped with ramps, which are activated when needed. Touristic buses are also prepared to receive disabled visitors.
Taxi Amic has a fleet of vehicles adapted for wheelchair users.
Most museums in the city have been adapted to suit disabled visitor’s needs, with elevators and ramps that make circulating inside the buildings simpler. Here are some of the most important museums in the city that are prepared to receive disabled visitors: Caixa Fòrum, Casa Amatler, Casa Batlló, Casa Vicens, Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCB), Cosmo Caixa – Musem de la Ciència, Fundaciò Antoni Tàpies, Fundaciò Miró, Palau de La Virreina, Museu Picasso, Museu Gaudí, Museu Maritim, Museum de la Xocolata, and Museu de Cera.
There are a lot of other places to visit besides the museums that are handicapped-accessible, including L’Aquarim de Barcelona, Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, Camp Nou, Diagonal Mar Shopping Center, Las Golondrinas, Jardí Botànic, Mercat de la Boqueria, Zoo de Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella, Poble Espanyol, La Sagrada Família, Palau de la Música Catalana, and Parc Güell.
Beaches in Barcelona are easily accessible through ramps. During the summer you will also find wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities.
Most of the public buildings such as museums and other attractions have their own adapted handicapped bathrooms. However, not all restaurants and bars are ready to receive disabled visitors. Make sure to inquire about the bathroom before deciding to stay for a meal.
For a fun time and a quicker way to move around the city, you can rent or buy electric scooters and wheelchairs with Cosmo Scooter.