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Wheelchair Friendly seal for campsites in Girona is introduced

Outside of an accessible bungalow at Illa Mateua campsite in l’Escala. There is an access ramp on the main façade. Picture of Girona’s Campsites Association.

Girona’s Campsites Association and MIFAS, an organisation that works for people with physical, organic, and sensory disabilities inclusion, signed an agreement last October with the aim of developing collaborative initiatives in the field of tourism accessibility and promoting inclusive tourism. The signing of this agreement was the germ of the new Wheelchair Friendly seal, which was introduced in June.

Accessible campsites

Thanks to the new seal, accessible campsites in Girona can be identified. These are spaces free of architectural barriers and with exclusive services for people with reduced mobility.

These include adapted accommodationswimming pools with access ramps or hydraulic chairsamphibious chairs for reaching the sea, ramps for reaching common areas and inclusive entertainment activities. Some campsites also have adapted equipment, such as bicycles for people with reduced mobility, and offer accessible activities for campers to be done in the area.

In the kitchen/dining room of an adapted bungalow at Valldaro Camping, a man in a wheelchair is typing on his laptop while a woman is cooking. Picture of Valldaro Campsite.
In the kitchen/dining room of an adapted bungalow at Valldaro Camping, a man in a wheelchair is typing on his laptop while a woman is cooking. Picture of Valldaro Campsite.
An adapted toilet at Illa Mateua Camping in l'Escala. Picture of Illa Mateua Camping.
An adapted toilet at Illa Mateua Camping in l’Escala. Picture of Illa Mateua Camping.

In the kitchen/dining room of an adapted bungalow at Valldaro Camping, a man in a wheelchair is typing on his laptop while a woman is cooking. Picture of Valldaro Campsite.

An adapted toilet at Illa Mateua Camping in l’Escala. Picture of Illa Mateua Camping.

Eight campsites in Costa Brava and in the Girona Pyrenees have been interested in participating in the new seal: Cala Montjoi CampingSalatà Camping and Nàutic Almata Camping, which are in Roses; Àmfora Camping, in Sant Pere Pescador; Illa Mateua Camping, in l’Escala; Port de la Selva CampingValldaro Camping, in Platja d’Aro; and Pirinenc Camping, in Campdevànol.

Accessibility validation

The new seal accreditation has followed a validation process thanks to the collaboration between Girona’s Campsites Association and MIFAS.

Firstly, each camping interested in receiving the accreditation must fill in a preliminary questionnaire on physical accessibility: Are there parking spaces for people with disabilities? Are they signposted? Is the route to reception accessible? Are the routes leading to adapted accommodations accessible? Does the campsite have an accessible swimming pool? In the restaurant, is the counter at the right height for a person in a wheelchair in order to reach it properly?

Secondly, once this diagnosis has been made, a MIFAS representative checks the truthfulness of the information by visiting each campsite and moving around its facilities like any other customer. It is not a technical report, but a validation as a user. The aim is clear: the accessibility information provided must be accurate and reliable.

During a validation visit, a Valldaro Camping representative and a MIFAS representative pose for a picture in front of one of the campsite's swimming pools. The pool has a hydraulic chair for bathing. Picture by the Girona’s Campsites Association.
During a validation visit, a Valldaro Camping representative and a MIFAS representative pose for a picture in front of one of the campsite’s swimming pools. The pool has a hydraulic chair for bathing. Picture by the Girona’s Campsites Association.

Check out the Girona Wheelchair Friendly campsites on the website of Girona’s Campsites Association and enjoy a holiday without limits.