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Barcelona is a dream destination for travelers with access requirements. The city’s Olympic legacy means that accessibility is just a part of everyday life, and I have no issues at all accessing accommodation, transport, attractions, beaches, and places to eat and drink.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Playa de La Barceloneta

Beaches

Tapa Tapa Passeig de Gracia

Restaurants

Port Olimpic

Piers & Boardwalks

Las Ramblas

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Flaherty's Irish Pub Barcelona

Restaurants

Mercat de la Boqueria

Farmers Markets

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Glories

Shopping Malls

CarrieAnnLightley's City Tips

  • Don't be afraid to search for budget-friendly places to eat and drink — one or two streets back from major sights, restaurants can be half the price, and better quality than the tourist traps.
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tours are widely available, and accessible. Concessions are offered to disabled travelers, although this seems to be at the discretion of the tour guide.
  • Barcelona's tram network has low-floor access from the platforms and ramps to the doors, as well as areas reserved for wheelchair users.
  • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Beaches
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    One of the most wonderful things about Barcelona is the proximity between the beaches and the city. Barceloneta has ramps down to the beach, and a wide, smooth concrete walkway. There's also a wooden walkway to the water's edge, accessible changing rooms and toilets, and preferential zones for disabled bathers. This means all you have to do is relax and enjoy the sunshine!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • From June to September there is an assisted bathing service, including a hoist, amphibious wheelchairs, water crutches, and manual wheelchairs.
    • For drinks and tapas, I'd suggest restaurants one or two streets back from the beach, as you will pay a premium for a beach view.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 1,000 things to do in Barcelona
    • Lovely Beach 03/12/2019
    • Pleasant Beach 24/11/2019
    • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Address:
    Paseo Maritimo Barceloneta, 14
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Tapa Tapa Passeig de Gracia
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Catalan)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Tapa Tapa is a stones throw from Barceloneta Beach, and offers good value, speedy tapas, and great drinks. The service here is wonderful, and the staff are happy to recommend food and wine to suit your tastes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is an accessible toilet on the first floor, accessed by elevator.
    • Cava by the glass here is super good-value, and delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6,163 of 9,278 restaurants in Barcelona
    • Lovely tapas and ambience 21/11/2019
    • Great way to experience Catalonian dining culture 20/11/2019
    • Tapa Tapa Passeig de Gracia
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 44
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 88 33 69
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$22
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Fri
    07:45 - 00:00
    Sat
    08:30 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Port Olimpic
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Port Olimpic is all about fun and relaxation. By day you can enjoy the beaches and water sports, and by night there is a large choice of seafood restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, as well as a casino.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • I have found accessibility to be no problem in all of the places I have visited at Port Olimpic, so it's easy to relax and have a good time here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 1,000 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walk Along the Water 26/11/2019
    • Seems like safe area 25/11/2019
    • Port Olimpic
    Address:
    Edifici Capitania, S/N
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 680 28 74 44
    Other:
  • Las Ramblas
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The most famous street in Barcelona is perfect for people-watching and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. As Las Ramblas is pedestrianized all the way down the middle, it's easy to slowly walk or wheel along with the crowds. There're plenty of things to see amongst the bustle too — street entertainers, stalls and cafes, a wide range of shops, the beautiful Canaletes Fountain, and the towering statue of Christopher Columbus.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As in any busy, crowded area such as Las Ramblas, keep your valuables secure.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 1,000 things to do in Barcelona
    • Visit not complete without La Rambla 08/12/2019
    • So touristy - but still fun 08/12/2019
    • Las Ramblas
    Address:
    La Rambla
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
  • Flaherty's Irish Pub Barcelona
    Restaurants (Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, International, Gastropub)
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Flaherty's is a gem of a find, just around the corner from Las Ramblas. Daily deals on drinks and cocktails, happy hours, and good-value food make this one of the most reasonably-priced options for eating and drinking in the area. The staff are super-friendly, and the atmosphere is great fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There is an accessible toilet at the back of the bar.
    • Ask about the current food and drinks promotions.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #296 of 9,278 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Liars and thiefs 07/12/2019
    • Thanksgiving at Flaherty's 29/11/2019
    • Flaherty's Irish Pub Barcelona
    Address:
    Plaza Joaquim Xirau
    Just Off Las Ramblas
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 12 62 63
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$17
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:00 - 02:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Farmers Markets
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The Boqueria Market is full of color and life. Everywhere you look, there is delicious produce on display — huge hams hanging up, fragrant cheeses, fresh seafood, and lots of fruit, spices, and herbs. Plus, the area around the market is mainly flat, so it's easy to access.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wondering where everyone has got their delicious-looking pots of fruit and smoothies from? La Boqueria Market of course!
    • There is an accessible toilet available, on the basement level. The person in charge of maintenance can give you a key for the elevator.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 1,000 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Favourite market of all time 08/12/2019
    • Theme park market suffering and dying from globalization. 08/12/2019
    • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Address:
    La Rambla, 91
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 18 25 84
    Other:
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    The Sagrada Família has become a symbol of Barcelona. As it's often under construction however, constant changes mean access can vary. It's recommended that wheelchair users visit with a companion, to fully enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows, the quirky architecture, and fabulous statues.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free for visitors with disabilities and their companions — proof of disability may be required.
    • Staff members can escort disabled visitors to the accessible entrance, so make yourself known on arrival.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,000 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous and very impressive! 08/12/2019
    • Gorgeous design by Gaudi 08/12/2019
    • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    (+34) 932 080 414
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Glories
    Shopping Malls
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    CarrieAnnLightley Says:

    Glories shopping center is large, spacious, and has a number of dining options as well as shops. It's much less crowded than Las Ramblas, and has a large supermarket for those wanting to stock up on provisions. The mall is accessible throughout, with elevators and accessible toilets. This is a good option for a more relaxed shopping experience, with many open-air shops, and restaurants with outside seating.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a very popular takeaway deli at Glories, offering freshly-made pastries and sandwiches. Be prepared to queue!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #123 of 1,000 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shopping mall 10/10/2019
    • Convenient 09/09/2019
    • Glories
    Address:
    Avinguda Diagonal, 208
    08018 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 86 04 04
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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