Disabled travel in Galicia area of Spain

Dec 6th, 2006, 04:17 AM
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Disabled travel in Galicia area of Spain

I am a wheelchair bound person planning a trip to the Galicia area of Spain next Spring to visit the birth place of my father. I am concerned about acccessibility to sites, museums, restaurants, etc. Does anyone have any knowledge about what I might experience? Will the issues be similiar to the US, or might they be more limiting? I would be disappointed to make the trip and then find myself restricted to the sidewalks of the larger cities.

Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
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Dec 6th, 2006, 05:32 AM
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I'm disabled (no wheelchair, though ) and I've never been in Galicia but I'm Spanish and I have to say that it will be much more limiting than the US as a general rule in Spain.
While the efforts made to make most monuments accesible are rather good in the last years, they are really old buildings and it's not always possible. I don't think you will have big problems on restaurants, even if they are not fully accesible people will be happy to help you.
Are you travelling solo ? That would make it everything much more difficult.
Galicia is very hilly.
If you tell me what you do want to visit, I will search on the net for info , probably it's easier to find information in Spanish And I have a wheelchair bound friend that was in Galicia last year, I'll ask her
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Dec 7th, 2006, 03:47 AM
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I think about Santiago de Compostela and I don't recall seeing any wheelchair ramps around the Basilica although I did see people in wheelchairs inside the Cathedral. My guess is that they entered from the north side (few steps); but there is no way a wheelchair-bound person can get down to the Crypt or get up behind the main Altar.
The Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos is a maze of narrow corridors and steps, so I wouldn't recommend that; Hostal Hogar San Francisco (about 200m north of the Plaza del Obradoiro) might be more handicapped-friendly with an elevator to access upper floors.

Tell us where you will be visiting and maybe we can be of more assistance.
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Dec 7th, 2006, 04:09 AM
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Thank you for your helpful input. At this time, we are in the very preliminary stages of planning and have developed no specific itinerary-- just seeking general input to help us decide if the trip is feasible.
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Dec 7th, 2006, 06:27 AM
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I did a quick search and found the following infomation:

The Hotel Puerta del Camino has disabled facilities.
(http://www.puertadelcamino.com/english/), as does the Pension Rosa Rosae and the Hotel Jusa Santiago Apostol.

The Catedral de Santiago de Compostela has access for the disabled.

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Dec 7th, 2006, 09:38 PM
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Hi dickp, I am glad you received some replies on the Europe board. Best wishes to you on visiting the birth place of your dear father. Keep us posted, ok?
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