Barcelona is among other things known for being the skating capital of Europe. It seems like here there’s a sort of symbiosis between skateboarders and the police, as the latter don’t usually interfere when they see a skateboarder sliding down a ramp. The city has accommodated this subculture by building a number of skateparks that offer a playground for skateboarders. But probably the biggest reason why this subculture was able to grow in such proportions is that there’s tones of busy public spaces, spaces that are in other European cities commonly squeaky clean and under constant surveillance, that are now flooding with skateboarders doing their jumps and tricks and it’s just awesome to watch.
Furthermore, skateparks in Barcelona don’t only cater to skaters but also to kids and adults with scooters, BMXs, and rollerblades doing flips and turns like I’ve never seen before! Whether you skate or not, this will enable you to experience this city in a whole new way. I personally was mesmerised by the culture of skating in Barcelona. Not only is there a number of very cool skateparks around the city, but you can also find hostels that cater to skaters specifically and even a skate bowl in a bar!
Just in front of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, near Place Cataluña you’ll find an incredible spot for skating, free-style dancing, or people watching. This is the spot where young people come to enjoy their days and evenings and it’s pretty much always crowded with people.
Another great spot is the relatively new skatepark Mar Bella, which is located right by a great beach that shares the name. Palm trees, sea views, and unique design of the skatepark is sure to make your evening.
Skateplaza de les Corts
Another well designed skatepark worth checking out is the Skateplaza de les Corts. From what I’ve seen this place usually attracts somewhat of a younger crowd so if you like skating but are not ready for the big league just yet, this is the place to go!
This is one of the coolest bar I’ve ever visited. Inside the bar there’s an actual skating bowl and if you’re lucky to be there when there’s people using it, you’ll be able to not only enjoy a happy hour beer and cocktails (from 7 to 11pm) , but also people doing awesome tricks on various wheels.
Some honourable mentions include Forum Skatepark, La Guineueta, and Agora Skatepark. And if you’re all about skateboarding definitely consider staying at the Sant Jordi Hostels – Sagrada Familia Skateboarding Hostel, with a mini ramp to enjoy inside the hostel!
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