Disabled Friendly Barcelona : Top 5 Accessible Holiday AttractionsBy Niamh Duffy -
Casa Batlló welcomes all visitors, and, as the nature of the building makes it difficult for larger wheelchairs to navigate the house freely, are happy to provide suitable wheelchairs. The famous Casa is also the first museum to adapt its visit for blind people in accordance with ONCE. The museum is a tactile environment, and guests are welcome to feel the forms and textures of the building. There is a 3D model of the facade, as well as methacrylate relief plans with explanations in Braille. Information in Braille is available in many different languages. There are audio guides of the museum, and printed versions of these are available in a number of languages for those who are hearing impaired.
There is a wheelchair accessible route through the park which allows visitors to behold the best of Gaudí’s work. At the ticket office, visitors will be given a map of this accessible route, and for people with sight impairments, information is available in braille. There are a range of tactile elements in the park for people with sight impairments and learning difficulties, such as the butterfly shaped wrought-iron railings, and the iconic mosaic bench that extends around the perimeter of the esplanade.
Tickets are free for people with proof of disability and one companion, but should be obtained from the ticket office before entry is attempted. Tickets include entrance to both the Sagrada Família and the museum beneath.
The Easy Walking Tour Gòtic is has a completely wheelchair accessible route and can also be adapted for blind people. What's best - this tour is designed for groups of no more than 10, so the tour can be taken at your own pace, and you won't miss a thing. Loan of lightweight wheelchairs is available, and the tour lasts approximately an hour, depending on your preferred pace.
Barceloneta, the Fòrum bathing area and Nova Icària Beach all offer an assisted bathing service to enable people who would otherwise be unable to access the sea to be fully immersed in the cool Mediterranean waves. This service runs in the summer at specific times, so ask us for more details. Assistance includes a hoist to transfer people from their wheelchair to the floating wheelchair or shower, the floating wheelchair, water crutches, and standard beach wheelchairs, with support throughout the bathe.
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