Active Accessible Tourism in Costa Brava

Active Accessible Tourism in Costa Brava


– You hear that, Bina?
(gentle upbeat music) I’ve been very impressed. As I said, everywhere you find curb cuts, so I don’t have to worry about getting up and down the pavements. There are more disabled
parking spots in Catalonia, on the Costa Brava, than I’ve
seen anywhere in the world. And also, everything I’ve done here has been for the first time, so many things I’ve
done for the first time, so many activities. Whether it’s the hot air
ballooning, the paragliding, going in the water in the beach wheelchair using the Joelette. It’s been actually a
really really exiting time. (gentle upbeat music) This was absolutely one of
the top things I wanted to do. So this was great to see the
volcanoes and the forests, and all the different medieval villages. I was a little bit
apprehensive about the landing, but I was lucky because I
had a nice comfortable seat. I could enjoy the landing. It was even better than
I though it would be. It’s so good to be able to access nature because I can’t walk
up the trail like that. With steps and with the hills, it’s impossible for me to go. And everybody knows how important nature is for mental health. I think I’ve heard about it, but I’ve never thought
about doing it even. I was a little bit worried because I have less control of my limbs, and I can’t raise my hands as high. I was a bit worries that I couldn’t do it, but in the end it was absolutely fine. It was so exhilarating I can’t walk so much, but at least I can fly. Your really learn a lot about wine making, and all the different processes I’m very very impressed
with the sustainability and the organic the way of the
organic farming techniques. I’ll definitely recommend a visit for, a visit to learn about the wine, but also to appreciate that
you can do thinks the right way and still make business success. In Girona, I love the
river running threw it and the fact that we have
bridges over it so you can get a really good view. Also, the beautiful colored
houses on the river. I wish we had more time to go
and explore the small streets. There are very small old medieval streets. The cathedral was really impressive, particularly because
there were no columns. So it was very open space. There was of course no air conditioning, but it just shows how the
stone makes everything cool. it’s very insulated. Compared with other old medieval cities, it’s actually quite accessible. There is so much to do here. I didn’t know there was so much to do, I thought maybe a few beaches, and then maybe a couple of towns, but there is so much to do here. You are here maybe 10 or
20 years ahead of Australia for accessibility for the beaches. All the, so much equipment and
so much of the beach matting, and the beach wheelchairs,
and the accessible toilets. You are so far ahead of Australia. All my friends are so impressed with all the things I’ve done. They can’t believe I’ve done such exciting kind of adventurous things. Which is what I wanted to show, the fact that disabled people
don’t have to sit in a bus and look out of the window they can do things like anybody else. If the facilities are there, and if the will of the
local tourist board is there to make thinks accessible, it is possible. (gentle upbeat music)

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