Santander continues to put its faith in being an accessible city that breaks down architectural, urban, and communication barriers.
The streets of Santander are more and more accessible to all citizens thanks to the improvements in the quarters by means of urban renovation projects and the minor actions of the Urban Observer programme. It should be emphasised that all traffic lights have devices for the visually handicapped and that more and more taxis are being adapted.
The Town Hall has an accessible entrance, signage (a guide strip, a magnetic loop, and posters in Braille), offices, and municipal sections, in addition to lowered counters and adapted toilets. The Palacio de la Magdalena, the Sports Centre, and the Exhibition Centre have easy-access entrances, parking spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility, and adapted toilets. As far as the centres belonging to the Cultural Circuit are concerned, they have Quick Response (QR) codes with Audio-sign-guides. Within the Circuit, the Prehistory Museum has an accessible entrance and adapted toilets and the Medieval Walls Interpretation Centre has an accessible entrance and information for the blind and deaf. Finally, the Enclave Pronillo has an accessible entrance and adapted toilets.
As for public transport, municipal buses are accessible to those with physical and sensory disabilities.
Parks and Beaches
There are more and more children’s playgrounds with accessible play areas. Currently the Pereda Gardens have benches, areas of shade, swings, and a non-slip surface. The Parque de las Llamas has benches, areas of shade, swings, a non-slip surface, and parking spaces and toilets for people with reduced mobility. And the Parque de Mataleñas has benches, areas of shade, and swings, together with a non-slip surface on part of the park.
On the other hand, many beaches of Santander have accessibility services. That of Los Peligros is served in summer by a municipal bus (no. 14) and has parking spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility, adapted toilets and changing rooms, a ramp, an area of shade, amphibious chairs for bathing, and personnel trained to assist the bathing of people with reduced mobility. The Camello Beach has parking spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility, a ramp, and an amphibious chair for bathing. La Primera Playa of El Sardinero (The First Beach of El Sardinero) has a ramp and an amphibious chair for bathing. La Segunda Playa de El Sardinero (The Second Beach of El Sardinero) has parking spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility, a ramp, and an amphibious chair for bathing.