When we talk about Linares, we talk about an accessible destination of experiences and emotions. Linares challenges its visitors to feel the city with the five senses. The cultural, heritage, shopping, gastronomic, bullfighting and landscape offer is unique and it is an example of the perfect combination of quality and accessibility.
Linares is currently one of the most accessible cities in Spain. It is a cutting-edge city in the province in terms of creating a barrier-free city for people with disabilities or reduced mobility. Linares offers an accessible city model that enables an integral, touristic and commercial development to hold any kind of event since the conference facilities and hotels are adapted for that purpose.
The Accessible Tourist Guide, which is available at El Pósito Tourist Office, offers two 24-hour itineraries (48 hours in the city). It is a complete, useful and specialised handbook that provides a practical tool for those willing to enjoy tourism and leisure time.
The compromise that Linares has with accessibility started in 2004 when it became the first important city of Andalusia that created a Local Accessibility Plan that opted for a human and inclusive urban development. Since then until now, this commitment is present in constructions and investments whose result is the best recognition that a city can achieve: being awarded the Reina Sofía Award 2013 for Universal Accessibility of Municipalities.
The European Commission included Linares into the European Destinations of Excellence, after being finalist in the EDEN Awards. It was due to its commitment to a sustainable touristic development from a social, cultural and environmental point of view.
Accessibility has also given Linares a positive image together with a positioning and influence in the touristic market of great leadership. As a proof of that, the city was awarded the first prize in the National Contest “Corta con las Barreras” 2013 by the company Novartis for the project of the park for the Old Madrid Railway Station.
Apart from the prizes mentioned above, in December, 2008 the Andalusian Confederation of People with Disabilities awarded the “CANF DE ORO” to the City Council of Linares. This was due to its commitment to accessibility and the constant improvements that were being carried out in order to create a healthy, accessible and welcoming city as well as to promote its economical development.