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An accessible beach? Seek, choose and visit it!

In the sea, a blind man enjoys swimming with his guide dog. Image by Diego Espada.

The Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board has published the updated information on the accessibility measures offered by the beaches of the Costa Brava this summer. The document reviews the services offered by 52 beaches in the 20 towns along the Girona coastline from north to south, from Portbou to Blanes.

Adapted services all along the coastline

In first place, further north, there is the Alt Empordà, with a coastline of deep blue waters and pine trees bent by the wind. 21 beaches of 9 municipalities in this county have adapted services and are included in the guide of accessible beaches. All of them except two have a walkway to reach the water, and half of them have accessible toilets and amphibious chair services. Adapted showers, handrails in the water or amphibious crutches are other services offered.

Then, further south, there is the Baix Empordà, with a coastline of transparent, calm waters and full of ideal places to relax. In this case, 24 beaches in 8 different municipalities offer accessible services. Between them, there are 23 walkways22 accessible toilets, 19 amphibious chairs, 18 lifelines, 11 accessible car parks and 9 adapted showers. There are also other services, such as accessible shaded areas, ramps, amphibious crutches and deckchairs, walkers and the lifeguard service.

On the beach of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, an electric wheelchair rests under an accessible shaded area. Image by the Sant Feliu de Guíxols Municipal Tourist Office.
On the beach of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, an electric wheelchair rests under an accessible shaded area. Image by the Sant Feliu de Guíxols Municipal Tourist Office.

Finally, in the south of the Costa Brava, we find the beaches of La Selva, with 3 coastal municipalities with a total of 7 beaches with adapted services. All of them have walkwaysaccessible toilets, an amphibious chair and an adapted shower. Also noteworthy are the lifelines, accessible shaded areas, amphibious crutches, accessible car parks and adapted changing rooms.

You can consult and download the infographic with all the adapted services in the link below.

Recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19

The recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19 remain in force on all the beaches of the Costa Brava: the trinomial of hand hygienesafety distance and use of masks. Hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based solutions, keeping a safety distance of two metres and always wearing a mask, except when entering the bathing area, are recommended.

An infographic representation of the trinomial hygiene, distance and mask prevention recommendations for COVID-19.
An infographic representation of the trinomial hygiene, distance and mask prevention recommendations for COVID-19.

Other prevention recommendations include avoiding crowds and getting information before going to the beaches to ensure that services are available, as well as checking the availability of services beforehand and taking a companion with you to the bathing area.