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Arruda dos Vinhos Skatepark tour

Embarking on our mission to skate every skatepark in Portugal, we arrived at Arruda dos Vinhos, a small town nestled in the western region of the country.

Despite the scorching 30-degree Celsius temperatures, we were determined to make the most of our skate session at the local skatepark. Although Arruda dos Vinhos Skatepark may not boast the most impressive features, its basic setup and scenic surroundings provided us with an enjoyable afternoon with our crew.

Arruda dos Vinhos

Arruda dos Vinhos, located approximately 30 kilometers north of Lisbon, is a charming municipality in the Lisbon District. With a population of around 14,000 residents, this town exudes a peaceful atmosphere and offers a refreshing escape from the bustling city life. The area is known for its picturesque landscapes, surrounded by rolling vineyards and lush greenery. Despite its relatively small size, Arruda dos Vinhos has a rich cultural heritage and traditional Portuguese charm.

While the skatepark may not be the main draw, Arruda dos Vinhos offers a scenic backdrop that adds to the overall experience. The town's natural beauty and idyllic surroundings make it a pleasant place to spend time outdoors. After a session at the skatepark, take a stroll through the town's charming streets and relax at local cafes. Interested in the wine scene? Don't miss the opportunity to explore the vineyards and wineries in the area, where you can sample regional wines and learn about the winemaking process.

Arruda dos Vinhos skatepark

The Arruda dos Vinhos skatepark, while not the most "remarkable" in terms of design, still provides a space for skaters to have some fun. Built with basic metal elements, the skatepark follows a simple back-and-forth setup, featuring a quarter pipe, a bank, and a jumpbox.

In conclusion, Arruda dos Vinhos Skatepark may not be the most remarkable skatepark in Portugal, but it provided us with a decent skate session in a beautiful setting. The town's scenic landscapes, cultural heritage, and welcoming atmosphere make it worth a visit for those seeking a peaceful escape from city life. While you're there, take the time to explore the local attractions, taste the delicious wines, and immerse yourself in the traditional Portuguese charm of Arruda dos Vinhos.

Crew of the day: Rodrigo Simão, Margarida Cepeda, Purple

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By Haroun Cherif

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