The best skate parks in Europe
What makes a great skate park? It’s not just about the quality of the build, the size of the quarterpipes or the shape of the rails. It’s also about the ‘X-factor’ – the vibe that tells you you’re in a place that understands skateboarding culture. Europe’s full of great parks, but here are some of our favourites.
Le Bowl Skatepark, Marseille, France
The beachside location, deep bowls and a variation of vert ramps adorned with vibrant graffiti, along with Marseille’s sunny climate, consistently make Le Bowl a magnet for skateboarders from across the globe. Spend an hour bowl riding and watching some of Europe’s greatest skateboarders showing off their skills, then take five to dip your toes in the Mediterranean before returning to the smooth concrete to perfect your technique.
The park is free to enter and is lit up at night. In its 25 years, Le Bowl has played host to world-class events like Quiksilver Bowlrider and the Orange Massilia Freestyle Cup, so check out the schedules if you’re planning to skate yourself.