Girona creates three accessible tourism itineraries and brings out a guidebook on adapted museums, accommodation, and places of interest in the city

22/12/15 | Work has gone ahead on this accessible tourism scheme throughout 2015, within the framework of European cross-border project NATUR'ACC, jointly developed with Perpignan City Council and Girona Greenways Consortium.

Girona city has recently presented a new range of accessible tourism amenities. The main novelty is the creation of three accessible tourism itineraries, carried out in collaboration with MIFAS association, which participated in the identification and validation of the routes. The new itineraries run through three different areas: Ribes del Ter - Devesa; Hortes de Santa Eugènia allotments; Hortes de Santa Eugènia allotments - Deveses de Salt.

The Ribes del Ter - Devesa itinerary along the banks of the River Ter covers a distance of approximately 1 km; the compact gravel surface provides access to this area for persons with reduced mobility, an option hitherto unavailable due to the state of the path and the presence of architectural barriers. In addition to the itinerary, two new disabled parking spaces have been made available, as well as an access ramp to the park from the car park located opposite Girona-Fontajau Municipal Sports Pavilion.

Visual and audio information on the natural values of each area has been placed along the three itineraries, and an information brochure in four languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, and French) on each itinerary is available in the city tourist offices.

At the same time, a list of the main adapted museums, accommodation and places of interest in Girona has been drawn up and included in the Guia del turisme per a tothom a la ciutat de Girona (Tourist guide for all in Girona city), with the aim of centralising and making available all the existing information on accessible tourism in the municipality.

The above initiatives enable Girona city to position itself as an accessible destination, thus accomplishing one of the points on the Municipal Government Plan core strategy for tourism promotion. Work is expected to continue in the same direction during 2016, with the proposed creation of a stable programme of accessible city visits and subsequent increase in the number of tourist options available.