Accessible and safe beaches on the Costa Brava

During the day, on the beach of Lloret de Mar, a couple walks hand in hand along a footbridge that leads to the sea. Image by Àlex Tremps.

Every year the Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board compiles the accessibility measures offered by the Costa Brava beaches. This is a review of the beaches of 20 towns along the Girona coast from north to south, from Portbou to Blanes. This year, in addition, special mention has been made of the safety measures to prevent Covid. The Costa Brava is open for all to enjoy the summer with caution and safety.

Recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19

The first three recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19 on beaches are the general ones that should be adopted everywhere. These are: handwashing, social distancing and wearing a face mask. Thus, it is recommended that you wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based solutions, keep a social distance of two metres and use your face mask at all times, except when getting in the water.

An infographic representation of the three safety measures: handwash, social distance and mask, recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19.
An infographic representation of the three safety measures: handwash, social distance and mask, recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19.

 

Other recommendations are to avoid crowded areas and to be informed before accessing the beaches to ensure the service supply, as well as to consult beforehand the availability of specific help services and to bring a companion to access the bathing area

Accessibility on the beaches of the Costa Brava

The beaches of the Costa Brava score well in terms of accessibility. Accessible car parks, railings in the water, adapted showers, lifelines, amphibious chairs and crutches, walkers, assistance for swimming… These are just some of the elements that the beaches of the Costa Brava have put in place to ensure a safe bath for all. Here is a brief summary. 

From the 56 beaches that have been compiled on the list, 37 incorporate adapted walkways to the sand area. This is the case of Colera. While Platja d’Aro‘s Gran beach, Canadell de Palafrugell beach, Pals‘ Grau and Gran beaches and 25 other Costa Brava beaches there are accessible toilets. Around twenty towns, such as Begur or l’Escala, have amphibious chairs to make bathing easier. In the case of the Portdoguer beach at Cadaqués and the beaches of l’Almadrava, Santa Margarida and Nova at Roses, it is necessary to call in advance to have them available.

At L'Escala beach, two Red Cross volunteers take a young man sitting on an amphibious chair into the water. Image by Salvador Maynou.
At L’Escala beach, two Red Cross volunteers take a young man sitting on an amphibious chair into the water. Image by Salvador Maynou.

Adapted showers are another of the most widespread services. They can be found, for example, on Empuriabrava beach or at the beach Gran at l’Estartit. In-water railings are present, among other places, on beaches such as Sant Pol in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, on the Port beach at Llançà or on the Gran and Petita beaches in Portbou. Other areas have ramps. This is the case of beach Gran in Port de la Selva. In Palamós, the Gran and Fosca beaches have a lifeline. There is also a lifeline on the Mar Menuda beach and on the beach Gran in Tossa de Mar. On the Can Sopa beach in Sant Pere Pescador there is support staff for swimming. In Blanes, the s’Abanell beach has adapted changing rooms. They also have them in Lloret de Mar, where there is also a towing service that can be found on the beach of Torre Valentina in Calonge i Sant Antoni.

You can consult the services offered by each of the 56 Costa Brava beaches that have been included in the list by clicking on the link below.

There is no excuse, this summer you cannot miss out on a good swim in the accessible and safe beaches of the Costa Brava!