You might not be able to skate through Paris's Cité de la Mode et du Design a la pro skater Sammy Winter, but with its multitude of skate parks, public spaces and indoor centres galore, Europe is a hot bed for beginners and professional skaters alike. Check out our picks for the top 5 skate spots that tick all the essential boxes in Europe...
Le Bowl de Marseille – Marseille, France
A legend on the international circuit and the biggest skate park in France, this is the place to go if you’re up for watching death defying tricks at an amazing beachside location. Built in the early 90’s, Marseille skate park is a giant bowl shape and covered in awesome graffiti, with added spines, hips and verts. Totally rad.
Stoke Plaza – Stoke-On-Trent, England
England’s premier skate park, Stoke Plaza spans 34,000 square feet and cost a huge $500,000 to create. It offers street style skating, incorporating features normally seen in the urban landscape – handrails, steps etc. There’s also a bunch of ramps and grinding areas, so it’s pretty much perfect for all levels of skating ability.
Parc Central De Nou Barris – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has a bunch of really cool skate parks, but if you’re looking for a totally unique experience, head to the Parc Central de nou Barris. Here, you’ll find banks, drops and gaps aplenty, totally great for perfecting balance, agility and technique. For an amazing photo opportunity, check out one of the wooden triangle gaps, there’s a bunch together in the lagoon just calling your name to gap over…
Skatehalle Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Looking for the biggest half-pipe in Germany? Head to the Skatehalle, Berlins biggest and best indoor skate park. There are also curbs, ledges, funboxes and a 3.5m wall ride which will offer literally hours of guaranteed fun.
Southbank Skate Park – London, England
The absolute beating heart of London’s vibrant skate scene, the Southbank skate park has been attracting skaters for over 40 years. Set on London’s iconic Southbank and covered in graffiti, the skate park comprises of a variety of ledges, banks, stairs and railings. Its future,in disrepute until recently, has now been saved from demolition with many professional skaters campaigning to save the skating mecca, deeming it an area they can both practice and hang out with others in the skating community.