|Euroroll September 2006, inline skating in Spain
|The Cathedral Santa Maria de la Sede at the central square.
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Skating in Barcelona is cool, but what about other cities in Spain? In 2006
Euroroll visited Sevilla, Granada and of course Barcelona to finish it of. This year we
were with 60 skaters. Our American friends arrived in Madrid and took a train to Sevilla.
Angelika and I flew straight to Sevilla from Amsterdam on Friday.
|Plaza de Espaņa: The palace built for the Ibero-american Exhibition of
The first thing to notice was that it's very hot in Sevilla (35 - 40
Degrees Celcius). Fortunately the hotel was airconditioned and had a private pool on the
roof top. It wat located in the very nice old city center. Surrounded by lots of narrow
streets with a multitude of little bars with tapas. No night skating the first day, but
having dinner instead.
Pictures: Sevilla city impressions
On Saturday we did a group skate in Sevilla with about 40 skaters. Some
Eurorollers went shopping, sightseeing etc., so in average 40 was the size of the groups
skates we did. The center of Sevilla is not skater friendly. Lots and lots of
cobblestones, or else rough surface. But that's part of the fun when exploring a new city.
With a group of this size, you will get noticed by the traffic, so it's relatively safe to
skate in the streets. Doug led the skate by improvising on a city map. Sometimes you'll
get stuck, like the time, we arrived on a busy road. the only way out was to climb over a
Pictures: Sevilla city skate
|Flamenco in action.
Sevilla is known for it Flamenco, so most of us visited a Flamenco show
with dance and music. Also some visited a bullfight in the arena. apart from the old part
of the center, the big Palaces and Palza Espana are worth a visit too.
On Sunday we took off to skate to ancient Roman ruines called
"Italica". Just as we left the city skating the main roads, we found ourselves
on a highway! Some car drivers started honking, but we could exit pretty soon. A nice hill
was waiting for us in the burning sun. As we arrived in the village on the top, it turned
out that we had taken the wrong way. After asking the locals for directions and studying
the maps in bus stops, we continued and found a route through several villages. A nice
route with good surface, uphills and a long nice downhill. At last we got to the ruines of
Italica for an educational moment :-). The route back to Sevila was a lot safer, because
an barkeeper indicated a bus lane with bicycle track next to it. Back at the hotel, it was
time for a pool party!
Pictures: Sevilla Italica group skate
On Monday morning we left Sevilla by two chartered busses and headed for
Granada to see the famous Alhambra Palace.
Pictures: Granada and the Alhambra
Apart from Angelika and me, the group boarded the night train to Barcelona in
the evening. We stayed in Granda for one more day. At night, I took my skates and did some
skating in Granada. As in Sevilla, the center is filled with cobblestones. Just outside
the old part of the town (which is very small anyway), you'll find roads with good surface
for some high speed inline skating (see the video). But since I was on my own now, I had
to take care. The cars drive fast at night and you're not so visible as in a group.
For us the nighttrain to Barcelona (800km) came with a surprise. It's good
sleeping in a night train, but it should bring you to were you want to go to. Due to very
heavy rainfall in and around Barcelona, washed away tracks, the train had returned and we
woke up in Valencia, where we had to board busses for the remaining 350km :-(
||Robo, the camera skater
Barcelona, as ussual, is great skating. The weather was a bit unstable. A
group skate got cancelled because of rain. On thursday Dirk May from TNS-Frankfurt arrived
with 35 skaters from Frankfurt. We skated along the city beach and chilled out at a beach
bar. At night it rained in the north part of the town, so not many skaters showed up for
the Thursday Night Skate at Placa Catalunya. We were with just 15 skaters, but it was very
cool! Now we could really speed it up and do a wild city race. (see video below). On this
skate I met Robo, another skater, who shoot inine skate videos like me. We had been in
contact by email, but just missed each other on skates in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. I think
Ignasi and Miguel were a bit surprised about the speed we did. Jaques Steve and Johnny
were racing at the front. by tradition, this night skate is without blockers, so you have
to watch the traffic yourself and take care of your own safety. This was a real street
Just around midnight, it started to poor down on us and we had to seek for shelter. We
were way out of Barcelona in Hospitalet and were lucky to catch the last subway back home.
This skate was great!!
Pictures: Barcelona group dinner, Thursday Night Skate, city skating with TNS.
(Since I've been to barcelona a few times I didn't shoot pictures of all the touristic
stuff this time)
On Friday, of course everybody joined the Friday Night Skate organised by the ABP. Most of the 60 Americans were
present, as well as 35 Frankfurt skaters, a few Frensh skaters and of course me as a Dutch
skater. The night skate on Friday is guided by blockers and sweepers from the ABP. This
means no racing, or dangerous crossings with other traffic. The pace was quite good,
except for the narrow streets in the Bario Gotic, where you have to be carefull not to run
Pictures: Friday Night Skate Barcelona
|The route stays close to the beach.
||Ignasi and Miquel.
On Saturday Albert. Pimpo and I had organised a 25km group skate
along the spanish coast from Sant Vince de Calders to Vilanova i la Geltru. A very nice
tour! You skate along the beach and through small villages. I noticed some new bicycle
tracks which make this rout even more skatable. About 40 spanish skaters showed up on
Saturday morning. Unfortunatly not everybody joined this skate. A 45 min. train ride
brought us to our destination. Along the coast it was a bit cloudy, but the temperature
was still good. At a moderate pace we skated accross the boulevards, Some skaters brought
along their kids and even babies in perambulators: a real family outing. The locals are
getting used to a huge group of skaters, because we have done this trip a few times
|Alba, Nauti and Bones
||Guz, with GPS.
Pictures: Beach skate to Vilanova
From Vilanova, you can skate to sitges, or even to Barcelona, but the road
conditions are not that good and there is much dangerous traffic. It's better to take the
train to Sitges and skate along the boulevard and then take the train back to Barcelona.
|Matthias in his skateshop Inercia
The last two days Angelika and I stayed with Tatiana and Matthias who owns
the skateshop "Inercia" in Barcelona together with two other skaters. So if you
are in need for new wheels or brakes after a few nice downhills, you know were to go to