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Besos

Probably best known for its cement rollers that launch over a large metal fence at the end, Besos is one of those places that seems mandatory to check out for any skater coming to Barcelona.
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But you will be surprised that as you walk to the waves of concrete you will find some other cool stuff. The neighbourhood is split in two by the freeway, which is almost completely covered by walkways, overpasses and multi coloured sound barriers. What this means is that there are also a ton of brick banks.
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Some of the banks have ledges at the top to do tricks in and out of. A few of the overpasses also have these beautiful flatbars but the only problem is that you have to watch out for the traffic.
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One of the best thing about Barcelona is that you are never far from another spot. Besos is no different. Three blocks away you will find the Sant Marti Handrail and three block from there the famous metal bumps tho launch off. If you are looking for a nice handrail with a great run up Sant Marti is for you.
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If you want a more exact location check out the Barcelona Skatespot Map on this site.

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Barcelona Skate Shoots #1

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Luca Donadini Kgrind in BCN
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Sants

Sants is perhaps the most recognizable skate spot in Barcelona. Located just outside the main train station, Sants Estacio, the granite benches have been in so many skate videos that it’s hard to keep track of. However these benches have definitely seen better days. The benches that still have granite on them are so worn down that they are difficult to skate. They are almost completely rounded off, which means they are tougher to grind.
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Two of the benches that are skateable have simply had the granite removed to expose the metal bench underneath. Granted these do grind nicely. One of them has had the legs on one end removed so it can be skated as an up ledge, which is pretty cool.

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At the risk of sounding like Sants isn’t worth going to I should probably mention some more positives. The metal benches are a lot of fun and even though the up ledge looks like an accident it’s a good accident. There is also a real life skate spot restoration project going on. Locals have taken the old granite bench tops and mounted them to cinder blocks, creating new grind boxes. There are also long granite ledges right beside the famous benches, which surprisingly haven’t been skated nearly as much. They start low and then as the ground slopes down they get higher.
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Not only is there the plaza itself but just nearby there is a big metal sculpture, which has what look like metal slides that act as banks. This sculpture also has metal up ledges and you can do tricks into the bank. If you are adventurous there are also a few water gaps to try your luck at.

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Forum

When we talk about spots it’s usually a variety of skateable objects in a limited space. Well Forum is a skate spot except it’s huge. Made for the Barcelona Summer Olympics in 1992 the Forum is basically a giant plaza with endless spots. It goes from the street where you get off the Tram or Metro all the way down to the water. All you have to do is skate around and you will keep finding spots. When you first get there you will probably run into the snake ledges, which have some great curved ledges. Then there is this large building with an undercover area that has the famous angled hip, which you have probably seen in more than a few skate videos.
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From there you can wander off to find wall rides, stepped grind ledges, various sets of stairs, the famous metal out ledges on the north end of Forum by the harbour and then down to the water to skate the big brick wave and a bunch of double flatbars.
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If it’s summertime you can even go swimming down here in the ocean. For the Olympics they made an ocean swimming pool. I always love jumping in the water after a good skate.
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While this blog is about skating in Barcelona it would be wrong not to mention that if you are down by the brick wave at the Forum and you like graffiti there is a huge graffiti wall nearby. All you have to do is follow the shoreline south and you will run into it. There are probably 50-60 high quality pieces that are worth checking out even if you aren’t a graf head.
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Another thing to mention is the addition is the addition of a new skatepark in 2011. The Forum Skatepark has a mini ramp, some hips, rails and grind ledges and is a great place to chill after or even before a day of skating. It can be a little hard to find but definitely worth the search as any good skate spot is.

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A few blocks beyond the new skatepark are the red ledges. Here you will find all sorts of ledges and the best part is that they have metal tops that make them perfect to grind. There are up ledges, up and down ledges and flat ledges. Great way to finish the day in one of the best skate areas in the world.

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Universitat

While there are spots with far more variety for me this was one of the best spots in all Barcelona. Here is why.

1) The centre piece of this plaza are the three amazing granite ledges. Unlike MACBA which is one long ledge these ledges are separated which means you can pop off the end going regular or goofy. The ledges are also not as haggard as the ones at MACBA and there isn’t always people cutting you off.
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2) This plaza is as smooth as it gets. I am not sure what kind of skating you like but not having to worry about rocks or cracks sure is sweet. Not only that but it is a wide open space which makes it great for flat ground tricks as well.
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3) Universitat has a great atmosphere. You will often find people skating there and sometimes you won’t. But what you will find is plenty of people walking through the plaza watching. This definitely gives some motivation to bring you’re A game for the crowd. And again because the plaza is large people don’t tend to get in the way although there is a bit of dodging pedestrians once and a while. But heh that’s all part of the fun
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4) The final thing is that this skate spot is literally right outside the Universitat Metro Station on the L1 line. There is also a Universitat Metro Station on the L2 line but it gets off a block away. Who doesn’t love getting off the metro and jumping on their skate.

For all this I would say Universitat Plaza is one of the top 5 spots in all Barcelona.

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Fondo

Fondo. With a name like that how can you go wrong? While this skate spot has been seriously hampered by some creative skate proofing it still warrants a visit if only for its infamy. What used to be three levels of banks has now been reduced to one by a bunch of metal flatbars (unfortunately they are not skateable).
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However one is better than none, and this one set of banks offers a great corner hip, grind benches at the top and recently one of the benches has been moved so that you can grind into the banks. The upper level still boasts the statue with four low ledges and a set of higher benches in the background.
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Pedro, in Badalona
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This spot is a little harder to find than some of the others but it is worth the journey. One of the reasons I made this blog was because of how hard it was to find information about how to some of these spots. While I always enjoy searching out spots, especially in Barcelona because you find other great places to skate on the way, sometimes you don’t have the time. Fortunately I did have time so I was lucky enough to run into this other cool bank on the way which is on the. Click here to see it on the Barcelona Skate Spot Map.
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Paral-lel R.I.P

For anyone whose been to Barcelona to skateboard Paral-lel was a must.  It was one of those spots  made for skateboarding. Unfortunately that is all over. The spot has now been torn apart and they are building a skatepark as outlined in The Streetboarder Magazine article. Better than nothing but no skatepark can replace a spot like Paral-lel. R.I.P

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