Accessibility

  • Adapted chairs for swimming at the beach
  • 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. 

During the summer bathing season, all the beaches in the city provide assistance services for bathers and others who spend their free time on the city’s beaches.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.
     

New regulations for the 2022 season

The assisted bathing service is for people with reduced mobility who can’t access the water autonomously. The service is offered under the supervision of specialist staff. The following is required to ensure user comfort and that the service operates properly:

  • 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: 611 532 778
    Reserve online
    Organised groups and centres must always book in advance by phone, specifying the total number of attendees.
  • 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.
  • Those who use the service without this personal assistant will only receive assistance in getting to and from the water and while swimming for a maximum of 20 minutes, and other needs will not be covered.

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 2022 season, assistance will be available at:

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

Calendar and general service schedule

From 30 April to 27 May:

  • Nova Icària beach and the Fòrum bathing area: from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.
  • Sant Miquel beach: provisionally closed for sand movement and stabilisation of the beach.

From 28 May to 11 September:

  • Nova Icària beach, Sant Miquel beach and the Fòrum bathing area: from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

From 12 to 25 September:

  • Nova Icària beach, Sant Miquel beach and the Fòrum bathing area: from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.

 

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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