Accessibility

  • Changing room on the beach for people with reduced mobility
  • Poster that indicates the assisted bathing area for people with disabilities
  • Adapted chairs for swimming at the beach

Accessibility Model

Accessible beaches make it easier for all beachgoers to reach and enjoy them, especially for those that have physical handicaps of some kind. These specific beachgoers have special reserved parking spaces with easy access routes to the sand as well as signs and both visual and tactile information points, toilets that have been adapted for the handicapped along with wooden boardwalks that reach all the way to the water line and showers that come equipped with stationary chairs. 

All the city’s beaches offer services to accompany swimmers and beachgoers during the leisure time they spend at the city’s waterfront. The goal is to guarantee the safety and quality of public spaces and facilitate the coming together of all those who use Barcelona’s waterfront.

Accessibility Model for Barcelona's beaches

We understand accessibility to be an integral part of the design and configuration of any public space in the city. Therefore, making the beaches more accessible not only includes creating specific access points that are designated for those who have certain physical handicaps but also becomes a defining characteristic in the planning of all the beaches, integrated into the global nature of the setting and its interactions.

It is on the basis of this general accessibility that a specific swimmer assistance service has been developed for those people who have a handicap and need help entering and exiting the water.  

Two modalities have been established::

  • Accessible beaches facilitate the ability of all users to access and enjoy them and, especially, those who have some kind of handicap. There are designated parking spaces with access routes that lead to the dry sand, both visual and tactile signs and information points, handicapped restrooms, adapted showers with chairs and wooden footbridges that reach the water as close as possible, although, under no circumstances will they ever touch the water, as its currents could detach the module. There is also public transportation that has been adapted for the handicapped that facilitates access to the beach. This option is available for all of the city’s beaches. 
  • Accessible beaches with a swimmer assistance service, ,  is directed towards those people who have a handicap and need personal and specialized help in order to be able to enter the water. They also have access to, above and beyond the aforementioned options, a changing room, amphibian wheelchairs, lifting cranes, life jackets and beach parasols.This second option has been implemented for the Nova Icària and Barceloneta beaches when high season begins.

Swimmer assistance service for the handicapped

The user guidelines define this service as swimmer assistance for those handicapped beachgoers that cannot reach the water on their own. This assistance is offered by personnel that help them enter and exit the water and accompany them, if necessary, during their swim time using different support equipment that is adapted to the surroundings and the different types of activities being offered.

Timetable and service hours

Assisted bathing services for people with reduced mobility are available for individuals and for organised groups (three or more users constitute a group). No advance booking is needed for individuals.

Accessibility Model

Accessible beaches make it easier for all beachgoers to reach and enjoy them, especially for those that have physical handicaps of some kind. These specific beachgoers have special reserved parking spaces with easy access routes to the sand as well as signs and both visual and tactile information points, toilets that have been adapted for the handicapped along with wooden boardwalks that reach all the way to the water line and showers that come equipped with stationary chairs. 

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