Spain might not be the first destination that springs to mind when looking at your skateboard with wanderlust in your eyes, but in recent years the resort of Palma de Mallorca has become a favourite with skaters looking for a bit of sun. Majorca hotels are often best placed for city breaks and a bit of a beach holiday, but the area also has some well-appointed skate parks all near the centre of the city.
The “Son Caliu Bowl” is exactly what the name suggests – a huge bowl park ranging from 1.9 meters to 2.5 meters high. Located just outside of town next to the main Autovia de Poniente, it’s easy to get to, and provides the perfect space to test out specialised bowl and quarterpipe tricks. Hotels in Spain are visited by more and more people on the search for an alternative break, and so many in the area will be more than happy to accommodate you and your BMX, skateboard or rollerblades – as long as you don’t ride them indoors, of course.
The “Es Generador” skatepark is tucked into the centre of Mallorca town; it’s a compact park boasting a 1.5 meter square bowl with slight hip and 0.5 meter extension. There’s also a Hubba, steep quarters and steep flat banks, making it a versatile place to try out some new moves under the Spanish sun. “Sa Riera” is a new skatepark built on the outskirts of the most residential area of Palma de Mallorca, underneath a motorway flyover. Adding to the urban stylings of the place, it’s made entirely of concrete, and already hosts a wealth of interesting street art and graffiti.
In the centre of Majorca you’ll find the “Es Generador” skatepark, a small yet impressively well-equipped park with a 1.5 meter square bowl, a Hubba, steep quarterpipes and steep flat banks making it a versatile place to try out some new tricks whether you’re a skater or a BMX rider. Likewise, “Sa Riera” is a wonderland of interesting obstacles. Built from concrete under a motorway flyover, it’s got a large res area with substantial banks and ledges for grinding on, plus a good hip and wall ride. Under the motorway bridge is a bowl and non-vert spine, which may not be ideal for BMX riders, but is perfect for more proficient skaters.
For beginners and those willing to try out some scary new tricks, the “San Moix” skatepark in the centre of the city boasts a bowled-out two-height mini ramp and street course-type obstacles. Basically, it’s fun but not too demanding, which makes it perfect for a lazier day – perhaps if you paced it a bit too hard the night before. What’s more, if you’re not in the mood to skate every day – and who said you had to be? – Majorca’s beaches, nightlife, culture and history holds more than enough excitement to keep you occupied. So what are you waiting for?