"Street art such as skating and graffiti are celebrated as opposed to shunned. The vibes are awesome out there.”
Barcelona has long been a top European destination for travelers, and it’s one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities for 2017. When California photographer Ryan Young approached T+L about doing a photo essay on Barcelona as one of the top skateboarding destinations in Europe, we wanted to hear more. The same architecture, public spaces, and mild weather that attract tourists make it ideal for skateboarders as well.
Young’s entry into both photography and travel were through skateboarding, and Barcelona was a destination he’d had his sights on for years. He grew up watching skateboarding videos shot in Barcelona, so when his tight-knit crew of amateur skaters from Vallejo, CA started planning a trip, he was in.
In total, 14 skaters made the trip from California to Spain. They shared an Airbnb, stocked up at the local market, got bicycles, and headed out into the streets.
We asked Young what he wanted to get out of the trip. “Skate hard, sleep a little, and make new friends,” he said. As you’ll see below, it was a raging success.