Avilés has presented a new tourist route aimed at people with physical or sensory disabilities and with reduced mobility. This route has a length of 3.5 km and covers a good part of the tourist attractions of the city. It allows enjoying a good part of the attractions of the city without architectural barriers.
The route is certified by the State Representative Platform for the Physically Handicapped (PREDIF), to which the City Council of Avilés requested the production of reports to accredit the accessibility of the most touristic urban stretch of the city.
For the design of the route and its accreditation as an accessible itinerary, aspects such as its length, urban pavements and the maximum inclination of each section have been taken into account. They have analyzed the existence of rest areas with shade, accessible furniture, toilets for people with reduced mobility or elevators and doors with enough width for wheelchairs.
It is not the first time that the city of Avilés carries out initiatives of this type. The city is the leader of the Atlantic Social Lab project. This will contribute to the creation of an Atlantic Ecosystem of Social Innovation that led to the implementation of new ways and solutions to promote social innovation in the public sector, in the private sector and in NGOs, thanks to transnational cooperation.
In addition, in 2016 it was chosen as the best accessible tourist destination, a title granted by the third edition of the “Accessible Tourist Destination” campaign, promoted by Thyssenkrupp Encasa.