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Caldas da Rainha skatepark tour in Portugal

Our journey to conquer every skate park in Portugal has led us to the vibrant town of Caldas da Rainha, where history and modernity seamlessly blend.

Nestled in the heart of the Estremadura region, this charming town has much to offer, from its exciting skatepark to the serene Mata Dona Leonor Park, where we enjoyed a well-deserved break after shredding the ramps.

Caldas da Rainha Skatepark boasts a variety of ramps, rails, and transition area that cater to skaters of all skill levels. While Caldas da Rainha Skatepark embraces the contemporary skate culture, the town itself has a fascinating history that's worth exploring. Caldas da Rainha was founded in the 15th century by Queen Leonor, hence its name, which translates to "Queen's Hot Springs." The town's thermal waters were highly regarded for their healing properties, drawing visitors seeking relief from various ailments. Today, you can still find the Queen's Hospital, a magnificent historical building that stands as a testament to the town's royal past.

After a fun skate session, we decided to recharge at Mata Dona Leonor Park, a hidden gem just a stone's throw away from the skatepark. This tranquil oasis offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational amenities. We laid out our picnic blankets and indulged in a delicious lunch, surrounded by lush greenery and the harmonious sounds of nature. The park is a favorite among locals, providing a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

For those planning a visit to Caldas da Rainha, there are several other must-see attractions worth exploring. The charming Praça da Fruta (Fruit Square) hosts a bustling market every day, where you can sample fresh local produce and immerse yourself in the town's vibrant culture. Additionally, the Cultural and Congress Center designed by the renowned architect Alvaro Siza Vieira is a modern architectural masterpiece that should not be missed.

As we bid farewell to Caldas da Rainha and set our sights on the next skatepark adventure, we carry with us fond memories of a town that gracefully balances its rich history with the thrill of skateboarding. Until the next ride, keep pushing your boundaries and embracing the beauty of exploration, one trick at a time! Stay tuned for our next destination as we continue our quest to uncover Portugal's skateboarding gems. Happy skating!

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By Haroun Cherif

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