I’m Julian, full time wheelchair user and provider of Barcelona Zero Limits Tour on PushLiving. I want to share some tips for helping you to enjoy your travel to Barcelona.
1. How can I get to the city from the airport?
From the airport to downtown, you can easily get public transport without needing to take the shuttle airpot or taxi. With the 46 bus that leaves from Terminal 1 and at Terminal 2 you will reach “Plaça Espanya” in 20 minutes and
from there you can move around the city quickly. Another alternative is the train from Terminal 2 that goes directly to Plaza Catalunya, the center of the city, and then we can visit Barcelona.
2. How can I move around the city?
Barcelona has an extensive metro and bus network that will take you to every corner of the city. A metro or bus ticket costs 2.15€ per trip, but the Barcelona Metropolitan Transportation (TMB) service offers discount travel cards. Travel cards can be purchased from metro ticket booths or Tourist Information offices.
Most of the buses on the bus network are wheelchair accessible. However the metro is a quicker way to move from around the city. Most of the stations are wheelchair friendly, however we recommend you to get a metro map with the accessible stations information. You can download a the map here.
3. When is the best time of the year to visit Barcelona?
The best time to visit Barcelona is the month of November, after the All Saints’ bank holiday and before the end of the month. This is the time of year when there are fewer tourists. (But be realistic. There are always many tourists in Barcelona, so do not expect to be the only one!)
The prices of the hotels in Barcelona are usually cheaper than during the rest of the year. Moreover, you will find less long queues!
4. Where can I eat?
Avoid eating in crowded tourist areas, especially in the Ramblas, where everything is much more expensive. Just move a little to find much better prices especially for drinks. Neighborhoods like Gracia and Borne offer alternatives with a much better price/quality deal than Las Ramblas or Plaza Catalunya.
Another good option is to eat in La Barceloneta, a neighborhood with a port atmosphere built in the 18th century to provide shelter for the inhabitants of La Ribera. This neighbourhood is frequented by locals on weekends for eating and accessing its popular beach, Playa de la Barceloneta.
5. What should I eat?
In Barcelona we like to walk and eat. It’s a local tradition to go from bar to bar enjoying the best snacks while drinking a beer or a classic vermouth, the drink that has given name to the moment and we recommend you taste. It is sweet but bitter, opens the appetite and prepares the stomach to enjoy anchovies, pickles, and finally, a few tapas.
Barcelona offers its streets and terraces to enjoy a few hours of one of its most deeply rooted and beloved culinary traditions.
6. Can I go to the beach?
Do not forget to to visit the beaches and enjoy the sun and the food. Barceloneta is the first of Barcelona’s beaches, the one closest to the city and usually the liveliest. The Barceloneta beach is fully accessible with a bathing assistance service. This service is intended for people with mobility disabilities, and aims to facilitate the entry and exit of the water to enjoy swimming time using, if necessary, an amphibious chair.
This area has walkways to the water, a suitable wardrobe, sit-down shower and a lifting crane. This allows anyone who wishes to swim in the Mediterranean to do so with the help of volunteers.
7. Free Museums:
The first Sunday of the month some Barcelona museums offer free entry. The schedule of free admission is 15:00 to 20:00, and this allows you to visit the museums in Barcelona except for some temporary exhibitions. Some of the museums free on Sundays include:
• Barcelona City History Museum at Plaça del Rei
• Picasso Museum on Montcada 15-23
• Maritime Museum of Barcelona Avenida Drassanes
8. What else is there to do?
If you want to see Barcelona from a different perspective and enjoy the city like you’ve never done it, you can book a tour of Barcelona, such as a gourmet tour, and enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine and tapas. Learn about the city by participating in all kinds of cultural tours. And if you are more adventitious, you can also have an unforgettable experience by flying in air balloon over the mountains of Catalonia, or dive in the Mediterranean Sea and discover it
s breathtaking seabed with Barcelona Zero Limits.
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