Accessibility

LAS VENTANAS, CAVE IN PIñAR (Granada, Spain)

These caves have been identified as having been inhabited by humans since the Upper Palaeolithic period. They are declared as a Natural Monument and Property of Cultural Interest. This cave complex has been open for tourism activities since 1999. Facilities for elderly people and people with reduced mobility are available, there are no architectural barriers. For this reason, the monument is a pioneer at the national level. This project is suitable for all people. Most of the monuments of the province have architectonical barriers so people with reduced mobility or associations of elderly people choose this place to spend a day. It is also a place chosen by scholar centres. In the same vein, pathways have been created to facilitate exploring the cave, which furthermore stays at a constant temperature throughout the year, so visits can be made in comfort at any time of the year. In addition to the original idea of making the cave accessible, other offers have been put in place such as: 1. Programme of cultural activities, principally musical, which take full advantage of the cave´s excellent acoustics. 2. Educational Farm: This is an environmental education and rural tourism centre, the main purpose of which is to organise visits to: “Windows cave” for families, groups of friends and formal groups /school, associations...) alike. 3. In addition to a restaurant and accommodation, the establishment offers six workshops where weekly activities are organised for adults and children as a compliment to the cave visit. This cave is an exceptional example of a highly significant cultural space which has been adapted to make it suitable for visits by elderly people. Thanks to this initiative and the additional activities that are organised in and around the cave, visitor numbers have increased considerably, which in turn has had a positive effect on local development through the generation of direct and indirect employment posts, and wealth creation in the municipality. Private partners are not involved in the project. Local government is responsible for the cave and its management. Read more here


 

AGE FRIENDLY CITIES AND COUNTIES PROGRAMME (AFCC) (West Region, Ireland)

The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme aims to create communities where all of us can enjoy a good quality of life, continuing to participate fully in the life of those communities as we age. The Programme is based on the WHO Age-Friendly Cities Framework and Guidelines which were developed by 33 cities from across the world and involved major consultation with older people in each of those places. An Age Friendly County Alliance has been formed which oversees the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan. The Alliance is a single over-arching strategic partnership which brings together the statutory, private, voluntary and community sectors to work together to more effectively meet the needs & aspirations of older people in the Cities and Counties in Ireland. Read more here


  ACCESSIBLE NATURE TOURISM (North Karelia, Finland) 

The aim of the project was to develop services and operational environments of companies that are specialised in nature tourism in North Karelia and to provide nature experiences for everyone, including senior citizens, people with disabilities and families with children. Furthermore, it aimed to initiate the strategic and persistent development of accessible nature tourism and to create guidelines for evaluating, instructing, and classifying accessible nature tourism environments. Senior citizens were one of the target groups of the project, as the number of elderly people is growing and they need specific services in tourism destinations as well. Read more here


TAMÁSI ABILITY THERMAL SPA (South transdanubia, Hungary)

Hungary has a unique quality in Europe: thermal water;  this is why there are a lot of thermal and medical baths  in the country. Among the baths Tamási Thermal Spa  is the only spa in Hungary, and even Central-Eastern  Europe, which has the infrastructure for helping  handicapped and visually or hearing impaired people  to be able to experience the services of a bath by  themselves. Disabled, blind or visually impaired people  cannot go to conventional spas without help. Similarly,  elderly people also have difficulties in moving due to  their age and illnesses.

The Spa was established in 1972, and recently  reconstructed to offer ability services. There are  different types of pools filled with thermal water such  as relaxation pools, adventure pools, swimming pools  or children’s pools. There are also different types of  saunas. Medical services are also planned to be  introduced in the future. Read more here


SENSUAL UNIVERSAL GARDEN (Podkarpackie Region, Poland)

The Educational Garden, also called Sensual Universal Garden (“sensual” here means being experienced with the senses), was established for disabled people. The collected plants here affect human cognitive senses. Some habitats are very diverse, for example the habitat of ericaceous plants. The Garden also has collections of specially assorted plants, for example, as regards tactile sensations, aroma, with interesting textures, variegated leaf-, root-, and fruit-shapes. There is a collection of herbs which, when ground, yield a strong aroma. Along the beds informative boards with enlarged writing and with Braille writing have been installed too. The Garden provides easy access to people in wheelchairs or with lesser physical afflictions, persons with vision defects and people of advanced age. Read more here

 

KOLI SHUTTLE TAXI (North Karelia, Finland)

Koli Shuttle Taxi is a public transport service that operates daily between Koli National Park and the city of Joensuu. Koli National Park is one of the main tourist attractions in the region of North Karelia and is located around 80 kilometres from the region’s largest city, Joensuu. Koli Shuttle Taxi is the only affordable public transport to the fairly remote national park. Small tourist companies find the shuttle service very valuable as it increases the amount of tourists and other visitors in the area. For seniors and other customers, it is an easy, carefree and accessible means of travelling. Koli Shuttle Taxi serves customers individually and transports them to their wanted destination in the Koli area or the city of Joensuu (railway station, airport, market square, central hospital). Koli Shuttle Taxi can be booked and paid through the regional tourism portal that contains information on accommodation and other tourism services in the region. The taxi is now operating through an innovative private-public funding model. Read more here