Example of an inclusive route in the Region, with adapted chairs. | Levante-EMV

The Region of Valencia is a welcoming and open territory to visitors and citizens. Proof of this is the last initiative presented by the Council of Environmental affairs of the Generalitat Valenciana, which wants to make the Region’s nature accessible to people with functional diversity and reduced mobility, so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Valencian territory under the same conditions.

Pugem amb tu was born months ago in the Desert de les Palmes of Benicassim, which has adapted chairs available for anyone who needs them to travel the natural landscape. The Desert de les Palmes is just this project’s first step, project that has been gradually including more Valencian natural parks and other natural settings. The project advocates to promote social integration of a population with physical and intellectual functional diversity and to improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility to the natural environment. In addition to the adapted chairs, different itineraries have been set up in the Valencian natural parks so people with functional diversity and their companions can enjoy the experience.

Inclusive Tourism

The struggle for accessible tourism, adapted for the use and enjoyment of people who have some physical, mental or sensory disability, is vital for the achievement of a true inclusive tourism, which is what the Region of Valencia is working on. Within this framework is the La Comunitat també es per a tú project, a design plan for accessible tourist routes for people with disabilities, especially those with reduced mobility. This plan is coordinated by the Valencian Tourism Agency (AVT) and Cocemfe, an NGO that works for the promotion and defense of the rights of people with physical and organic disabilities, as well as for improving their quality of life. This plan intends to eliminate architectural barriers that hinder mobility to people with functional diversity to facilitate and allow them to enjoy the Region’s cultural and natural wealth, with the implementation of accessibility improvements. Currently, the Region of Valencia has 10 different routes that promote inclusive tourism, distributed between the provinces of Valencia (6), Alicante (2) and Castelló (2).