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. 

The 2021 high season at the beach begins with measures in force to contain the spread of Covid-19, which must be adhered to in public spaces and include the mandatory use of face masks, social distancing, and avoiding crowding.

During the summer bathing season, ​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 assisted bathing services are intended for people with reduced mobility who need personal and technical help to access the water.
    This year’s bathing season has been adapted to the need for applying protective measures against COVID-19 infection, to guarantee the safety and good health of bathers and specialist assistance staff. The most important of these measures is to ensure people keep to a social distance of 1.5 metres, hence the change to the service’s user regulations.

New regulations for the assisted bathing service for people with reduced mobility for the 2021 season

The assisted bathing service is intended for people with reduced mobility who are unable to access the sea by themselves. It will be provided under the supervision of specialist staff with user numbers restricted to fifteen and exclusively under the following conditions to ensure that the preventive measures and restrictions to capacity are enforced::

  • Advanced booking is required (individual users and organised groups). Bookings can be made online or by telephone. No advance booking is required if you just need to borrow equipment or you only need minimal assistance.
    - Reserve by phone: 623 45 08 90
    Reserve online
  • Users are advised to come with someone who will be able to help them and make sure they can do the following without further assistance:
    - Preparation for bathing.
    - Transferral of personal mobility equipment to and from amphibious or hydraulic chairs.
    - Accompaniment during bathing and, when users leave their amphibious or hydraulic chair for a free swim, ensuring they are able to leave and return.

Assistance points

The service is organised around 3 assistance points on the beaches, although the location of these may change depending on alterations in patterns of use, or according to what is considered most appropriate each season. For the 2021 season, there will no longer be an assistance point on the Llevant Beach, and the one at Barceloneta will be relocated to Sant Miquel due to space restrictions. Therefore, for 2021 assistance will be available at:

  • Sant Miquel Beach
  • Nova Icària Beach
  • Fòrum bathing area

Service hours:

Mornings from 10 am to 2.30 pm, and afternoons from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm

These services will be available to the public from Monday to Sunday, during the periods stipulated each season. For the 2021 season:

  • June: Weekend of 5 - 6 June, and from 12 - 20 June.
  • July: Every day.
  • August: Every day.
  • September: From 1 - 12 September, and the weekends of 18 - 19 and 24 - 26 September.

 

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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