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Visiting Barcelona for Seniors

Written by Ingrid

The city of Barcelona not only attracts youths and middle-aged people, but also senior citizens. In this article, ShBarcelona offers the latter group a few tips for a successful stay in Barcelona.

Find the perfect place to stay

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Photo by: My Wave Pictures via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

ShBarcelona has many adapted properties; think about verifying whether your chosen accommodation is situated in an apartment with a lift and access ramp if necessary, or else look out for apartments situated on the planta baja (ground floor).

Public transportation

Another important consideration is public transportation. It will make your life much easier if you choose an apartment or hotel located close to a bus or metro station.

Metro: Barcelona‘s metro service is especially well planned, allowing you to get almost anywhere in the city in a quick and inexpensive way.

Bus: The bus is equally practical but services are not so frequent.

Taxi: If you take a taxi, bear in mind that if you pre-book a journey, the counter should not start until you get into the vehicle, as the driver cannot charge you for the journey from his position to yours.

Touristic bus: a little more comfortable than the public bus service if you wish to see the sights by road, the Bus Turístic allows you to travel easily from one place to another.

There are a number of means of transportation adapted for those with limited mobility. You can find more information about it  here.

In the centre, the narrow streets are best explored on foot, as this will enable you to discover the true charm of the city. If you find yourself in a difficult hilly area, such as Montjuïc, you can hire a wheelchair. The walkways are adapted to wheelchairs thanks to the dropped curbs at pedestrian crossings. We would advise you to check your itinerary to avoid the steepest climbs. For example: if you want to go to Park Güell, exit at Vallcarca station rather than Lesseps, which is the next station on metro L3 towards Trinitat Nova. This will give you access to a downward-sloping path instead of having to climb up to the park.

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Reduced entry rates

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Photo by: Richardjo53 via Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

If you are 65 or over, you can benefit from reduced entry fees at many tourist sites Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and Park Güell. On the other hand, certain other cultural sites such as Casa Milà (La Pedrera) do not offer reduced tariffs to seniors.

Avoid the summer months

It can get very hot in Barcelona during the months of July and August. The air humidity also contributes to a feeling of oppressive heat. This can become unbearable and it is important to rehydrate regularly. We suggest that you pay Barcelona a visit mid-season or even in winter when it still tends to be pleasantly sunny.

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Ideas for visits

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Photo credit: Joanbrebo via / CC BY-NC

A classic but easy walk consists of strolling along the coast via the Passeig Marítim; breathing the sea air has many health benefits.

As mentioned previously, you can take a nice, pleasureful walk on the hill of Montjuïc. Preferably ascend the heights via funicular (from Paral.lel metro station), by bus or by taxi in order to avoid a steep climb.

Barcelona is situated at the heart of a region with a rich cultural heritage. You can walk in the footsteps of Dalí, discover traditional villages, explore the beaches of Sitges, for example, or perhaps visit the vineyards of Tarragona.

The city of Gaudí is also a city where music holds an important place. If you visit during the spring, you can enjoy the Musica als Parcs, a series of free concerts held in the parks and green spaces of Barcelona. There is also the stunning Palau de la Musica, the perfect place to experience a concert in a splendid setting (one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world).

You now have a great starting point for planning your visit to our beautiful city of Barcelona. Do not hesitate to explore our short and medium-term rentals for your stay in the city. ShBarcelona wishes you an excellent trip!

About the author


Having studied English Language and Literature at university, Ingrid went on to obtain an MA in Classics. She currently works as a freelance writer, covering a variety of subjects, especially language, literature, history and archaeology.


  • Hoping to find advice on Accomodation for my parents who are retired and can’t walk long distances to be a few minutes walk from the beach but accessible to city

  • 2 seniors arriving 3/13 for three nites
    will be staying hotel leonardo c/diputacion 100
    on a buddget so please advise on a couple of restaurants for locals not tourist in that neighborhood same for a place to try tapa
    how about some local music venue not the touristy flamenco
    how about jazz near our hotel
    two happy seniors

    • Hello Ted & Sheila,
      If you visit this link you will get some ideas on where to go or what to do during your days in Barcelona.
      For specific information about jazz or other live music, I would suggest you ask the hotel reception for advice.
      Enjoy your stay in March,

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