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Disabled Services in Tossa de Mar

This section provides some useful information for disabled holidaymakers visiting Tossa de Mar. Tossa offers a range of accommodation, services and facilities for the disabled. This section covers the following:

Our Disabled Services Directory provides information on the hire of commodities, such as wheelchairs and walking sticks, and where to get general advice. It also contains a list of organisations in Spain that offer advice and assistance to the disabled.

The local tourist office at Avenida Del Pelegrí (telephone 0034 972 34 01 08) can offer general assistance in a range of languages.

The Spanish Government Department responsible for the disabled is INSERSO. It has branches in all provinces, with the head office in Madrid (telephone 0034 913 47 88 88).

Travel arrangements

There are a number of organisations, associations and private companies that can assist with travel arrangements. See the Useful Links below for details.

The Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross) have local offices all over Spain and offer advice and assistance on all aspects of travel for the disabled.

Public transport can often be crowded, and sometimes it is preferable to travel with an able-bodied companion and hire a suitable car. Adapted taxis are usually confined to the larger cities, and Barcelona does in fact offer such a service.

Spanish railways (RENFE) provide wheelchairs at main city stations.

For travel information in general, see our Travel Information Section

Useful Travel Links

http://www.tourspain.co.uk/disabled/information%20disabled.htm
Spain’s official Tourist Board website, with a direct link to their disabled services section.

http://www.cruzroja.es
The website of the Spanish Red Cross, with details of their regional offices and local resort contact details, and information on all the services they offer to disabled travellers in Spain.

http://www.holidaycare.org/
This organisation produces guides on the UK and other countries including Spain, showing accessibility for disabled persons. There is also staffed information unit. Their links page provides further organisations to contact.

Polibea Turismo
Accessible and adapted holiday accommodation and travel enabling disabled persons to exercise their right to enjoy accessible tourism, tourism for all, tourism without barriers.

http://www.access-able.com
Information on disabled travel and holidays, wheelchair travel, handicapped travel, accessible travel and mature travel.
 
http://www.makoa.org/travel.htm
Disability Travel and Recreation Resources. Travel planning, destination guide, transport and air travel.
 
http://www.accessibletravel.co.uk/
Accessible holidays and travel for disabled people. Details of holidays and travel for wheelchair users, slow walkers, mature travellers and their friends and families.
 
www.toursimforall.org.uk
UK registered charity offering travel information to disabled people.

http://www.accessiblebarcelona.com/welcome.html
A useful website about disabled services in Barcelona, including an extensive list of contact details, and information on travel and accommodation in the city.

www.accessibleportugal.com
Accessible Portugal -  a Tourism Company set up to offer innovative and quality tourism in Portugal, accessible to people with reduced mobility, or in wheelchairs.

Accommodation

There is a selection of hotels and apart-hotels in Tossa that offer wheelchair access. As with the rest of Spain, it is difficult to find any such accommodation in the ‘budget’ category.

The Disabled Access Accommodation Directory provides the names, addresses and contact details of all the hotels and apart-hotels that offer disabled access.

It is advisable on making your booking that you provide details of your condition and make any special requests in advance. If you are booking through an agent, it may also be wise to contact the accommodation directly in addition.

For accommodation information in general, see our Accommodation Directory

Beaches

Of the four main beaches in Tossa de Mar, Playa Gran and Mar Menuda are the two offering access and facilities for the disabled. They are have both been awarded the Blue Flag, which means they must offer disabled access, and lifeguard services from at least 1 July until 12 September.

For further information about Blue Flag beaches visit
www.blueflag.org/blueflag/2005/Spain

For further information about all the beaches of Tossa de Mar, see our Beaches Guide

To take a look at the beaches of Tossa de Mar, download our Beaches Photo Movie

Take the Playa Gran Virtual Tour (Broadband) (Dial-up)

Service

Playa Gran

Mar Menuda

Access to the beach

Several wooden footbridges

Sloping walkway

Life saving timetable

10.30am to 6.30pm
10.30am to 7.30pm August

10.30am to 6.30pm
10.30am to 7.30pm August

Bathing access

‘Amphi-Buggies’

‘Amphi-Buggies’

Amphi Buggies

A major innovation introduced in Tossa in 2005. An Amphi Buggy is a form of wheelchair that can be used in the water.

If you are disabled and wish to enjoy the water, the Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross) will help transfer you from your wheelchair into an Amphi Buggy, and then into the sea. Here you can enjoy the buoyancy of the water, and when you want to return to the beach, the Cruz Roja will be on hand to help you back into your wheelchair.

Eating & Drinking

There are a large number of bars and restaurants in Tossa de Mar. Not all of them offer disabled access, however, and unlike accommodation, there is no official list available.

However, there are a good number of bars and restaurants that have large ground-level terraces or ground-level access to interior seating.

The Disabled Access Restaurant and Bar Directory contains a number of establishments that could in our opinion be suitable for disabled persons, although it must be stressed that this is not an official list and your opinion may differ. Of course, if you have your own views, or would like to recommend a bar or restaurant that offers easy access for inclusion in the directory, please e-mail us at info@tossacostabrava.com.

General information

  • Blind citizens in Spain use white walking sticks.
     
  • Drivers exempt from using seat belts should carry - at all times - a Spanish translation of their exemption certificate, validated by the Spanish Consulate in their country of residence.
     
  • Disabled persons visiting Spain are entitled to the same parking provisions as local residents, provided that the relevant autonomous governments adhere to the EU regulations on this matter (Madrid and Murcia are still studying the implementation of the EU ruling). You must hold the EU document (blue, depicting a photograph of the authorised person) to benefit from the scheme.

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