With over 11 million skateboarders worldwide, the only surprise is why the sport took so long to appear on the Olympic Games program. Its popularity as a socially distanced sport increased during the pandemic, with the streets much quieter; the Tokyo Games could mark the start of a golden age of skateboarding.
The seaside town of Barcelona is one of the best skate towns in the world, and the construction that took place for the 1992 Olympics gave it its own skate heritage in the form of stairs, ledges and ramps. in redeveloped areas.
There are plenty of skateparks, including Fòrum and Mar Bella parks, while Barcelona’s contemporary art museum, Macba, hosts skate nights on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Sant Jordi hostel, near the Sagrada Familia, even has an indoor ramp. Private Doubles from € 200 (£ 173, santjordihostels.com).
In London, the bowels of the Southbank Center are the nirvana of skateboarding, where surfers have been practicing tricks for over 40 years. It is considered the birthplace of British skateboarding and has escaped recent redevelopment – indeed, its concrete columns have since been renovated.
You can join spectators day and night at this graffiti covered skatepark, or book a lesson with the School of Skate at three skateparks in the capital (from £ 40, schoolofskate.co.uk).
With some of the best spots in Europe, Portugal hosts several surfing competitions throughout the year, often focused on Ericeira and Peniche, northwest of Lisbon, and Espinho, on the outskirts of Porto. Near Peniche, the beach of the Silver Coast of Nazaré experiences waves of up to 25 m in winter.
Although it is best to leave them to professionals, the Atlantic coast is not off-limits to novices. Chic Surfers Lodge Peniche organizes wine tastings, yoga classes and surf lessons (from € 65 per person / £ 56), with double rooms starting at € 140 (£ 120, surferslodgepeniche.com).
North Devon is a favorite for surfers in England, with many surf schools tucked away behind the dunes of Woolacombe Bay, which is good for all skill levels and longboarders. Head to Lynmouth for the point breaks. Nearby, guests over 11 at the Saunton Sands Hotel can try their hand at a free surf lesson during their stay, with the Walking on Waves Surf School (double from £ 240, sauntonsands.co .uk / surfing).
Rhossili, on the Gower Peninsula, is a good year-round surf spot with regular breaks suitable for beginners. Neighboring Llangennith has bigger waves and a surf school with lessons starting at £ 22, llangennithsurfschool.com.
Sport climbing in a natural environment can be controversial, with disagreements over bolting – the fixing of anchors in the rock, to allow easier passage, using carabiners and rope, along the path. ‘escalation.
Some locations allow temporary bolting; others – like the cliffs of the Calanques between Marseille and Cassis in the south of France – have permanent features. Avoid mistral winds and hot summer days and you’ll be in rock climbing paradise, when the south-facing crossings are bathed in Mediterranean heat and the sea sparkles below. There are a variety of routes to suit most abilities. Valencia Climb offers three to five day climbing routes starting at € 350 per person (£ 302, valenciaclimb.com).
The Limestone Amphitheater at Malham Cove, Yorkshire, is a soaring only on weekdays and outside of the summer school holidays, and the nesting season of Peregrine Falcons and Swifts. The steep limestone climb, up to 200m, offers one of the best sport climbing territories in the Pennines, with a variety of routes, from short and technical challenges to longer challenges (ukclimbing.com).
Practiced by more than 130 million people around the world, the martial art was invented around 650 years ago on the Okinawa chain of islands in Japan by the mixture of styles from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia. and China, as well as local self-defense. art of Ti.
The archipelago, popular with domestic vacationers for its tropical climate and coral reefs, is the perfect destination for karate enthusiasts and beach lovers.
Karate fans can have fun at the Kaikan School and Museum on the main island of Okinawa, which tells the history of art through artifacts, uniforms and weapons. Interactive exhibits include battle holograms and the chance to try your hand at quick hitting and weight lifting. Trailfinders offers a three-night B&B beach getaway in Okinawa – a perfect addition to a longer trip to Japan – from £ 369 (trailfinders.com).
Closer to home, fans interested in the sport can head to one of Renshinkan’s dojos in Danehill and Brighton in East Sussex, Midhurst in West Sussex or London, with Milton Keynes soon. Adults don’t need to book in advance or wear a karate costume; dress comfortably and bring water (renshinkankarate-england.org.uk).
Sumo might come to mind when you think of Japanese sports, but it’s baseball (and softball, for women) – returning to the Olympics in its 14th inning – that has a place in the competition. Most of Japanese hearts as a real national pastime.
But while Japan may be baseball’s adopted homeland, for food, beer, and atmosphere, there is only one place you should travel to watch your first game of ball, this is New York. Tickets to see the New York Yankees – founded in 1901 – at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on October 2 start at just $ 15 (£ 11). A three-night-only room at OYO Times Square costs from £ 560 per person including flights, baholidays.com.
Alternatively, you can experience all the fun of the ball park in the middle of Manchester, at the Base Bar. With neon-lit batting cages, beer served in red plastic cups and hot dogs on the menu, it’s a small slice of Americana in the North West of England. Three person batting cages from £ 30 for half an hour (basebar.co.uk).