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Lisbon, Portugal
« on: July 23, 2019, 02:38:32 AM »
I recently spent some time skateboarding in Lisbon with a bunch of guys from Essex, UK (George Gough, Matt McDowell, Wil Thomson, Jamie Walker, Chilli Hey and Joe Smith). Turns out it’s a really great skate trip destination with a lot of lesser-seen spots and plenty of cheap booze and good food.

I wrote a bit of a summary of the trip to accompany some pictures I took (continuing a tradition I began in 2008). If I’ve done everything right you should be able to click the image below to read on…


https://www.joehawkes.co.uk/blog/2019/7/11/lisbon-2019

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2019, 03:55:58 AM »
yes, clicking the image works.
dope little feature. i enjoyed it.
i've been there in april and saw
couple of good spots as well. it
was raining nonestop and i was
there with my girl. but dope city

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2019, 10:57:28 AM »
Calçada sucks, yet it's gnarly.

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2019, 06:51:23 AM »
Nice one!

Lisbon is my favourite city in Europe by far, we usually go there two or three times a year.

Great place to escape the cold and rain from up north.


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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2019, 01:13:11 AM »
yes, clicking the image works.
dope little feature. i enjoyed it.
i've been there in april and saw
couple of good spots as well. it
was raining nonestop and i was
there with my girl. but dope city

Thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed it.

Rain does appear to be a bit of an issue there, but I'm from the UK so can't really talk...

Calçada sucks, yet it's gnarly.

I didn't realise the paving slabs had their own name - good knowledge!

Nice one!

Lisbon is my favourite city in Europe by far, we usually go there two or three times a year.

Great place to escape the cold and rain from up north.

It's great - I'll definitely be returning, with or without board.

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2019, 08:09:50 AM »
Did you skate the new skatepark in Almada?

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2019, 08:20:39 AM »
Did you skate the new skatepark in Almada?

No - the skateparks in Lisbon look amazing (see Gustavo Ribeiro's IG for evidence of that), but as we were only there a few days we wanted to hit as many street spots as possible.

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2022, 06:50:55 PM »
This September, I went on a skate vacation with 16 of my friends over to Lisbon. Beautiful city, nice people, great prices on great food and lodging. When traveling with a lot of people, split up AirBNB locations within the same neighborhood. We were about 10 min walk max from each other in the middle between the neighborhoods Príncipe Real and Santa Cruz. It’s a decent location to have a chill time but there aren’t any spots directly in the area it seemed.



We often walked and explored or took Ubers mostly to Barrio Alto or Cais Do Sodre to start the excursions or go out. I read that Barrio Alto were tourists favorites and learned quickly that yeah, they probably are, but it turns out for a bland party area. Sure some of the restaurants and bars are good, but they’re peppered in between large groups of college backpackers or whatever bar crawling or whatever. If you want to just get drunk in a big mess of people, sure it’s kinda fun but I was over it after visiting twice.



It feels like most of our time was around the Cais Do Sodre area, checking out plazas, food, and local attractions like the architecture. It’s beautiful down there so not a bad spot to get stuck at one of the plazas. There’s many smooth plazas and we just looked at Google maps for the word “praça” and would bounce from one to another. Most will have at least something, but often not many features. That’s fine seeing the number of them.



I knew the streets and sidewalks were going to be hilly and rough so I brought cruiser wheels to swap out with my regular wheels. It for sure helps. Often though, you’ll most likely be walking, especially if you’re unfamiliar with what’ll be in-between you and your destination. If you know a better route, then sure, skating will probably be easier. Also we were a group of 16 so decision making on everything was difficult so the easy and quick answer made the decision for us.

Please do appreciate the people, food, architecture, and just about everything in this great city. I felt safe just about everywhere. The places that you wouldn’t feel safe are quite obvious and far from where you’d need to be anyway. Seriously, I’ve never felt a safer city.



I checked out a ton of videos and articles about Lisbon but not that much popped up. Just the same plazas and spots with not much information came up a lot. I was also able to find these two instagram accounts

https://www.instagram.com/lisboask8spots/

https://www.instagram.com/lisboa_skate_spot/

There’s an okay amount of information out there, but, since I’ve been, I noticed more people visiting and more videos featuring Lisbon. I’m sure there’ll be more to find after this post. I had no idea it was a destination. I just recommended it because I wanted to be on the ocean and was protesting visiting London and Paris because I knew I’d just be burnt out from skating and drinking. If I’m going to have a vacation, beach days are critical.



If going to a beach day, take the train out to Skatepark Parque das Gerações. It was such a chill little beach town and the park was very impressive with the range of things it had to offer. I’m 34 and was happy and comfortable to skate the bump to hydrant, qp’s on the far side, ledges, Carlsbad replica and 12 stair hubba. I never hit shit like that and didn’t really have fear. Lots of the features just felt perfect. After that, we hit the train and headed further west to Praia da Poça for a walkway around the water leading down to either a kinda rocky cove or a beach further down. So nice.



My favorite spots were on the other side of the water in Almada. First, we hit a DIY called Betoordiespot and met one of the builders. Nice guy and a real skater. It looks like they built it on an unused public space in front apartment buildings. Somewhere right near there is the rail/barrier to ollie over into a bank. Sorry for the poor description and I’m not seeing it on google earth. We were planning on skating from the DIY to the famous over-the-hubba-to-yellow-brick-bank spot and headed direct west. However, once we got past the pink buildings and into the street with long apartments on both sides, the vibe quickly changed. The buildings were all dark, some without windows, and only lurkers were on the streets watching or approaching us. We talked to a few but they were sizing us up. Not knowing where we were or what is ahead, we tried calling Ubers every single one cancelled on the trip. I said fuck this and skated back to the DIY. The others eventually found a metro station and met up later. Apparently the lurkers were saying welcome to Brooklyn (assuming the connotations meant rugged and hood) and trying to touch everyone. Later, some other skate locals said we were lucky not be robbed or assaulted. Apparently if you skate a a really high level, the neighborhood lurkers like it, but we’re not that or wanted to test anything.



https://www.instagram.com/betoordiespot/?hl=en

Only a short Uber from Beetordiespoort is Praça da Liberdade. It looks like a favorite for the locals, with diy marble ledges, a flat gap over a walkway, ledges, etc. I had more fun here than anywhere else. Not far from here is Largo Gabriel Pedro, but being so relieved to get away from that sketchy area, we just stayed at Praca da Liberdade until it got dark.


https://www.facebook.com/SkateNaPracaDoMac/

Well, I wanted to write something about the trip but I realize my writing is really disorganized and I’m getting bored. Check out the other spots to skate below.



Miradouro das Portas do Sol - Awesome bench spot with overlook.

38.720905, -9.135633 - that low hubba with no run up that is in like all of the Lisbon videos

Skate Spot Bairro do Horizonte - Some concrete park up north. No idea what is near it. We never went there but looks okay.

Skatepark Expo - Looks awesome. Never went that far north.



Skatepark Campolide - Decent cement park under bridge. Can get puddles however. Not far from Parque Forestal de Monsanto, which is nice just to be outdoors. If wanting to visit the overlook at the top, be aware of the hours of operation.

Av. António Augusto de Aguiar 60 - Small 6 Stair hubba under roof. Never had the opportunity to skate due to business hours.



Praça dos Restauradores - Fun flat ground and benches. Pretty cool area out in the open of traffic and pedestrians. Not much else however.



Praça da Figueira - Seems like a spot for locals. Shin high manual pad. Good flat. I just enjoyed eating and drinking in the plaza.



Commerce Square - Smooth benches I first saw in some Primitive video. Recognizable for sure. However, heavy foot traffic. Didn’t even bother to try.



Doca da Caldeirinha - 3 Block (don’t bother as a gap) with small ledge into bank. Crusty but super fun. Was in a WKND video recently.

https://www.instagram.com/cybercafeskateshop/?hl=en

Cybercafé Skateshop - cool skate shop close to center of town.

Fuck it looks like I deleted my shared Google Maps. Damnit. There's so much more. Have fun.


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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2022, 07:04:00 PM »
More photos I shot from the trip.


Chris Zach - Narrow backside grind










Liam O'Neil - Disaster at that skatepark on the beach I mentioned above


Local kids by the beach


https://yungbachelor.com/
Jack Moore - No comply tailslide. They did not like us anywhere near here.


Brendan Brines - Crook - Skating here was fine, but we couldn't find much on campus and we got kicked out of everywhere and escorted out.


Dr Mike on the ledge. 


Brendan Brines - 180 Nosegrind. Lots of ledges in this plaza. It's on the way back from the college with the crusty bank to ledge. Forgot the location.


Old Neil Wallie Nollie Whichamacallit


Chris Zach - Nose Wheelie


Lenny - Switch Manual by the homie from Germany


Liam - Ollie the block into the bank.


Jhony - Sw Tail / Sw Flip Front Nose Line


Jhony half cab crook


Injured Slim


Snakes - Frontside half cab noseslide.


Brew Baby - BSTS


Chris Zach fakie pivot grind


ship of fools


love yall

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2022, 11:00:33 AM »
Awesome photos and trip report!

Looks like you had a great time and hit some fun spots.
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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2022, 11:07:25 AM »
Edit jus went up too. I bet everything is ABD including the song but it was fun so whatever. Idk how I rolled away from the switch flip at the end. End of tape and we had already broken into the charcuterie and beers at the spot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noCrgGUNf18

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Re: Lisbon, Portugal
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2022, 11:02:07 AM »
I'm planning on going as soon as I can, I was wondering if you guys had the scoop on a couple things.

What's the move on paying for stuff? Cards or is it better to withdraw cash?

Which shop is worth visiting?
You know I thought these forums were a for skating not discussing fetishes