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This tourist guide aims to point out the measures applied in the city of Barcelona to improve accessibility and eliminate architectural and communication barriers. We should underline that these measures improve the comfort and quality of life of all the public, whether disabled or not, as well as making a visit to the city for people with reduced mobility or communication that much easier for them and their families and companions.

People with special needs are perfectly aware of how uncomfortable it is going to a shop or museum with a group of friends and, due to lack of information in the usual tourist guides, are met with the surprise of not being able to enter the premises; or not knowing beforehand whether there will be a sign language interpreter available or if they will be able to touch models, etc. In a society in which the concept of solidarity is on the increase, we believe that these aspects should be taken into account in any tourist guide. With this in mind, to produce what you are now holding, we have gone out into the street and checked for ourselves, in situ and personally, the degree of accessibility of each place described.

We have divided the guide into seven areas, each of them corresponding to a symbolic part of the city. In each area the main accessible centres of tourist and cultural interest are highlighted and there is also a selection of leisure spots, ordered and classified according the criteria of accessibility listed below. We have omitted those establishments that are not accessible or which lack toilet services, with some exception due to its specific tourist interest.

Accessibility to the physical world

Barcelona is a fairly accessible city from the point of view of the physical world, and the people are generally aware of the problem of architectural barriers.

The establishments and services written about appear ordered within each section from greater to lesser accessibility, and have been evaluated according to the following criteria:

Accessible without difficulty.

Accessible without difficulty

Level ground access or on ramps with a gentle slope, very wide doorways, lift for six or more people, adapted toilet services.
Accessible with some difficulty.

Accessible with some difficulty

Access with projection or step of 2 to 5 cm height, ramps with a moderate slope, sufficiently wide doorways, lift for five people, adapted toilet services. Help is required from another person at one time or other.

Accessible only with help.

Accessible only with help

Access with projection or step of 5 to 17 cm height, ramps with pronounced slopes, lift for four people, practicable or useable toilet services in remote or special places. The help of another person is essential.

Urban planning has also been classified according to these three categories, Level ground access or by ramps with a gentle slope, very wide door, lifts for 6 or more people, adapted toilet services. being the best-paved areas and with better kerb ramps.

As regards transport, in each case the nearest means has been shown, whether or not they are currently accessible, since the fleet of buses and the network of underground stations are in the process of adaptation (see Practical Data).

Accessibility to communication

The general public are not usually aware of communication barriers, due to the fact that the regional laws hardly consider accessibility to communication or that visual signs or auditory aid are seriously lacking.

In each premises or setting visited we specify what is included to improve accessibility for people with sensory limitations. These buildings, establishments, venues, settings and means of transport that have some measure for eliminating communication barriers are shown in this guide with the logotypes Logotype for the blind.(for the blind) or Logotype for the deaf.(for the deaf), following the same type of classification for the architectural barriers.

We hope that, with this information, whoever uses the guide will find it a practical tool for enjoying the many attractions of Barcelona with the utmost comfort and convenience possible.


In the case of restaurants we provide a guideline price according to the following classification:

up to 20 €
€€ from 21 to 40 €
€€€ over 40 €

© Viena Edicions, 2007
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