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Lourinhã skatepark tour in Portugal

Continuing our mission to conquer every skatepark in Portugal, we arrived at Lourinhã, a charming coastal town located in the western region of the country. Our focus this time was Lourinhã Skatepark, a haven for skateboarders seeking a session in the Oeste area of Portugal.

With its unique features and street section with a nice variety of obstacles, the skatepark offered us hours of fun before we headed back to Dropin Surfcamp, where we concluded our day with more skating. Little did we know that Lourinhã had more to offer than just a fantastic skatepark.

Lourinhã, the land of dinosaurs

Lourinhã is a municipality in the Lisbon District, known for its rich history and captivating natural beauty. With a population of around 26,000 residents, this quaint town holds a special place in Portugal's cultural heritage. Lourinhã is also famous for its dinosaur fossils, making it a popular destination for paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts alike. The region's unique geological features have preserved a significant number of dinosaur remains, earning Lourinhã the nickname "Land of Dinosaurs."

Lourinhã Skatepark

Lourinhã Skatepark stands as a testament to the town's vibrant skateboarding scene. The skatepark is an older park featuring two small bowls connected by a spine, offering skaters the opportunity to transition between the bowls. The street section of the skatepark is well-designed, boasting a variety of obstacles such as rails, ledges, and stairs. Lourinhã Skatepark proved to be a playground where we could unleash our creativity.

Dropin Surf camp

After our skate session, we headed back to Dropin Surfcamp to continue the stoke. Dropin Surfcamp, located in Lourinhã, extends its warm hospitality to skaters as well. They welcomed us to stay for the weekend, offering not only a place to rest but also a chance to further explore our passion for skating. With their bowl and miniramp facilities, we were able to continue our skateboarding adventures, honing our skills and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. Dropin Surfcamp perfectly complemented our experience in Lourinhã, providing us with a well-rounded and unforgettable weekend getaway.

In conclusion, Lourinhã Skatepark proved to be an exhilarating stop on our skatepark tour in Portugal. Beyond the skatepark itself, Lourinhã itself holds a captivating history, particularly with its dinosaur fossils that have garnered international attention. Whether you're drawn to the skatepark's unique layout or the town's dinosaur legacy, Lourinhã offers a delightful blend of adventure and cultural exploration. If you find yourself in this charming coastal town, don't miss the chance to shred at Lourinhã Skatepark and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of dinosaurs that once roamed this remarkable region.

Crew of the day: Rodrigo Simão, Margarida Cepeda, Purple and Madmax.

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