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How to get around barcelona in a wheelchair
Neighborhoods recommended for wheelchair-riding in barcelona
Recommended places to visit for areas:
The Fòrum area, urbanized area for the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, fully accessible and currently converted into a free public space.
L´Eixample is a commercial district and in it we can find many pedestrian zones, making it easy to move in a wheelchair.
Its main routes are Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya (which are linked by Plaza de Catalunya) where you can find shops, restaurants and art galleries.
L´Eixample has many important buildings to visit (although some are not accessible, but worth getting closer to them) such as:
Casa Milà or La Pedrera is a building built between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí. This building is declared World Heritage by Unesco. All floors are accessible by elevator except the terrace, which has important slopes and steps. The visit allows you to see the patios, the Gaudi Space (fad and roof) and the Pedrera Floor. Along Las Ramblas you can find places of interest such as La Boqueria Market.
The Casa Batlló is also the work of the architect Antoni Gaudí. It was the first museum that adapted the visit for the blind.
The Park Güell is another work of Gaudí and another space declared Patrimony of the Unesco. The park is accessible for wheelchairs, but due to the slopes, some areas are difficult to visit. In spite of everything, the basic areas can be visited.
At the end of 1884 the architect Francisco de Paula ordered Antoni Gaudí to continue with the works of this monumental church that receives millions of visits every year. Gaudí projected a church with 18 towers (12 that symbolize the apostles, 4 to the evangelists and 2 more to Mary and Jesus), of different heights according to the symbolic hierarchy that they represent. The Sagrada Família can be visited, except the towers.
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This area of the city is formed by the Old Town, the Gothic and the Raval. It has many pedestrian streets, so it is easy to ride in a wheelchair.
One of the most known streets is the Rambla, which starts at Plaça de Catalunya and ends at the monument to Columbus.
La Boqueria Market - Mercat de la Boqueria
It is a very interesting market where you can find any type of product and as it is a place where many tourists come, it is tempting for the pickpockets (so you have to go very carefully).
Another place to visit is the Liceu. The Liceu is an opera house created in 1847 and still active.
There are two types of visits:
1. Visit the public areas. Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes approximately. Totally accessible. Hours: 10 am from Monday to Sunday.
2. Visit by dressing rooms, stage, etc. Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes approximately. Totally accessible. Opening hours: previous reservation by phone to 934859914.
Teatre del Liceu
The square Reial, is a place that we recommend to visit, since it is a beautiful area, wide and accessible. It is surrounded by terraces and restaurants and its lamps are designed by Antoni Gaudí.
In the neighborhood of Ciutat Vella is one of the largest parks in Barcelona (Ciutadella Park) and with more variation in its vegetation. This park is fully accessible and shares space with the Barcelona Zoo.
Sants has a great pedestrian walkway formed by the streets Gran Via de Carles III, Rambla de Brasil and Rambla de Badal. The Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, which separates the neighborhoods of Sants and Montjuïc, communicates the city with the airport.
The area of Montjuïc is one of the green lungs of the city. Being a hill, most of its streets have a steep slope. The whole mountain is communicated by fixed and / or mechanical stairs. In some areas it is not possible to park the vehicles on the road, due to lack of spaces intended for this purpose.
In Montjuïc we find most of the Olympic facilities, built for the 1992 Games: Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi, Picornell Pools, etc. And the area constituted by the Mercat de les Flors, the Institut del Teatre and the square of Margarida Xirgu forms the so-called "Ciudad del Teatro", a large area dedicated to the theater and the spectacle.
The neighborhood of Les Corts is located in the upper area of Barcelona. It has wide avenues like the Diagonal and shopping centers like L´Illa Diagonal and El Corte Inglés.
One of the most visited places in the neighborhood of Les Corts is the FC stadium. Barcelona. You can take a tour (duration between one and a half and two hours) and with the entrance you can also access the Museum.
Neighborhood of Gracia
The district of Gràcia is a neighborhood with narrower streets but enough to walk in a wheelchair. You can find many places with nice shops and bars for a drink.
The main streets of this neighborhood are Travessera de Gràcia, Gran de Gràcia, Verdi Street and Torrent de l´Olla.
The most lively squares are the Plaza del Diamant, Plaza de la Virreina, Plaza de la Revolució, Plaza del Sol and Plaza de Rius i Taulet.
Sarrià, Sant Gervasi i Horta
These neighborhoods are residential areas and are located in the upper part of Barcelona, closer to the mountain, so we can find quite a few slopes.
One area to visit is the Laberint d´Horta, which is quite accessible, although with dirt roads.
A convenient way to visit the city is with the tourist bus. It is fully accessible (except the first floor). It has 3 routes to go and you can go up and down as many times as you like.