Accessible Shore excursions in Barcelona
Barcelona has become a reference point when cruising through Europe, since it is home of one of the most attractive destinations in the world and, of course, because of its demographic situation. Barcelona welcomes more than 2 million cruise passengers every year from all around the world. Depending on your schedule and the length of your stay in Barcelona we would recommend you different tours, so we have listed on this article different types of accessible shore excursions in Barcelona.
Both Barcelona and the region it belongs to (Catalonia), have an unfinished list of tours and activities which are worth knowing. Have a look at this brief list and maybe you get a closer idea of what would you prefer to experience when visiting Barcelona.
1. Cultural essentials
The main city tours in Barcelona are those showing the historic part of the city, like the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, Born and La Ribera district, etc. Or those directly related with Gaudi´s work, which take you to emblematic points of Barcelona like Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera or Parc Guell (all of them adapted). They all are an indispensable part of Barcelona´s history and culture, so either if you are more interested in history or if you feel more pulled to Modernism you can always get to know Barcelona in different ways.
There are certain things we suggest you not to miss, as for example visiting la Sagrada Familia, some punctual areas at the Gothic Quarter like Plaça del Rei or Plaça Sant Felip Neri or enjoying the views of the city from Montjüic. Other aspects like local traditions or gastronomy play also a very important role, therefore you will not want to miss having Tapas or Paella at local areas like Barceloneta or Gracia, or visiting food markets like La Boqueria.
Our guides have designed specific routes which are fully accessible and within premises that offer adapted infrastructures, as for example accessibility at the entrances and touring the museums, specific street routes or wheelchair adapted restaurants. Our team is fully conscious of all kinds of needs that a less mobile traveller may have, and our goal is to deliver our knowledge and experience in order for you to avoid any setback. The following are cruise excursions we offer:
2. Food and drink lovers
As you already know the Spanish gastronomy is worldwide known as one of the richest in the world. Barcelona offers a mixture of typical Spanish dishes and also many other Mediterranean and Catalan specialties. Overall you will always find elements related to the mediterranean diet, mainly composed of local vegetables, olive oil, blue fish, wine etc. Spanish products like Jamón (cured ham), Tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette) or Paella are all traditional dishes that represent the base of Spanish cuisine. Among the Catalan specialties you should try seafood like Clams, Praws or Oily fish, Fried artichokes, Escalivada, Calçots, Veal Fricandó, Conill (Rabitt), Botifarra, Fuet (Rare and dry-cured pork sausages), Pa amb tomaca etc.
Our guides have designed a tour specifically made through an itinerary with no barriers and with every restaurant offering adapted access and toilets, so you will not have to worry about moving around during the tour. Our 2,5 hours Tapas tour takes you through a gastronomic journey together with a gourmet guide who will introduce to some of the most historic tapas bars in Barcelona.
3. Adventure Tours
Barcelona and its surrounding area offer a wide variety of wheelchair adapted activities. From kayaking, diving or horse riding to sailing or getting into a hot air balloon. These activities take place outside Barcelona and normally take from half hour to 1 hour to get there by car. It is definitely a great option for those wanting to do something different within a natural environment. All the people we work with have long time experience with less mobile customers and they all belong to the Catalan agency of accessible tourism program.
One of the most popular activities is travelling to La Garrotxa national park and get into a Hot Air Ballοon. Travelling on a hot air balloon is one in a lifetime experience hardly compared to any other transportation. The views are simply unique and the service provided by the air balloon team is extremely kind. The experience does not end there, as after landing you celebrate the experience with a strong Catalan country breakfast made of local products. We normally put together this activity with another excursion, based on your prefered interests. As for example visiting one of the most famous winerys in Catalonia based in a close by village, travelling to beautiful Girona or visiting Dali´s village and museum.
4. Getaways from Barcelona
Sitges, Tossa de Mar (Costa Brava), Montserrat, Sant Sadurni de Noya.. they all have something in common. They are small and rural villages with a special charm and history. Every and each of them has a different story that brings thousands of people worldwide every year. These places offer an amazing experience to its visitors simply because they have not changed over the years and they still maintain their essence and character.
Tossa de Mar is located by the coast, if you want to discover a typical Costa Brava village and Sitges is also by the sea but is located down south Barcelona close to Costa Daurada. Montserrat is up of a national park featuring one of the most interesting constructions in the world. Sant Sadurni de Noya is a village located right within the Cava region and it is a unique village surrounded by cava production wineries as Freixenet and many other artisan ones.
5. Sights off the typical tourist trail
This is a cultural and gastronomic itinerary with an experienced guide that will take you through the off the beaten path and guide you through other Barcelona districts such as Born and Barceloneta in order to offer you a true local experience. You can choose within any area and you will get to know its local bars, restaurants and be able to introduce yourself into different local traditions you never heard off before on any travel guide. Our guides have designed a tour through an accessible itinerary and visiting places which are wheelchair adapted.
These are just some of the accessible shore excursions in Barcelona you can choose from our portfolio. We hope this information is useful so you now have a clearer idea of what you would like to visit when travelling to Barcelona. Feel free to contact us and we will help you plan your trip.