Girona and Perpignan make a joint commitment to accessible tourism

29/03/15 | The two cities are taking part in the Natur'acc cross-border project, which aims to create accessible and nature tourism facilities, financed by EU FEDER funds.

The city of Girona is planning to create a circular nature route approximately 1 km long that will be accessible to people with reduced mobility. It will be located in the area around the Municipal Girona-Fontajau Sports Centre, and will connect the natural spaces of Hortes de Santa Eugènia and Devesa park. In parallel, the Greenways Consortium is planning works to improve accessibility in general at different points along the Narrow-Gauge Railway Route, in the section between Bescanó and Quart.

Meanwhile, in Perpignan an accessible nature route along the banks of the River Basse is also being created.

The action plans in both Girona and Perpignan focus on areas around rivers -key elements of the natural and human landscape of both cities- with the aim of recovering and promoting these spaces and opening them up to tourists and the general population.

In addition to creating these routes, the two cities are also launching complementary initiatives designed to improve the tourist experience of people with disabilities who visit Girona and Perpignan. In the case of Girona, specially adapted interpretation material will be produced for people with visual and hearing impairments (audio-guides and video-guides in sign language), which will help enrich their visit by providing information about the natural and heritage assets in the areas around the routes that are created.

Girona is committed to diversifying tourism in a sector with strong growth potential. This project is expected to have a significant impact on tourism in general, accessible tourism and natural heritage. It will also be a great improvement for people with disabilities as it will offer them specialised facilities relatively few kilometres apart, in Girona and Perpignan.