THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN PORTO OPEN
Date: From 03/10 to 09/10
Money prize: $ 25,000
Surface: Clay Outdoor
Tournament Location: Club de Tenis do Porto – Rua Damiao de Gois 405, Porto 4050-227 PORTUGAL
How to get: Club is far just 13.5 km from Francisco Sà Carneiro Airport and about 3 km from Sao Bento train station.
Recent Previous Winners: 2015 Arthur De Greef – 2014 Frederico Gil – 2013 Taro Daniel – 2012 Marc Giner – 2011 Boy Westerhof
Top 10 Players: Nikola Milojevic (Srb) – Lorenzo Giustino (Ita) – Jan Mertl (Cek) – David Perez Sanz (Esp) – Oriol Roca Batalla (Esp) – Germain Gigounon (Bel) – Maxime Chazal (Fra) -Michal Konecny (Cek) – Peter Torebko (Ger) – Matteo Viola (Ita)
Elected in 2014 The Best European Destination, Porto, which is the second largest city in Portugal, is universally famous for the port wine and for its caves which are object of interest for thousands and thousands of tourists every year. Besides this town enjoys a lovely location along the Douro river estuary and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by Unesco thanks to its millenary history. One of Lonely Planet writers says about Porto: “Porto was love at first sight for me. Even during my first wet autumn encounter, the city shone and locals showed me around with inimitable tripeiro pride. I was hooked. The miradouros peeking above tumbledown rooftops, the history pulsating through alley-woven Ribeira, the random splashes of creativity in street art and azulejos, the musty cellars of big-name port lodges, the design scene, the high-spirited…”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN PORTO:
- Cais da Ribeira
- Ponte Luis I
- Torre dos Clerigos
SUGGESTED EXCURSION: DOURO RIVER CRUISE
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Internacional Porto. Historic *** hotel located in a 19th century building at just 300 metres away Sao Bento train station. Rated 7.9 on Booking, this good accomodation offers standard double rooms at 79€ per night with breakfast buffet and free cancellation included.
- Flores Village Hotel & Spa. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and indoor pool, this accomodation gets an ideal location in Porto city centre between Torre dos Clerigos and Cais do Ribeira. Rated 9.3 on Booking, it offers double room from 103,5 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.
- Intercontinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas. Superb ***** hotel considered the best of the best in Porto either on Booking or on Tripadvisor. Set in a renovated 18th-century palace this hotel, located at just 200 mt from Torre dos Clerigos, offers spacious rooms with views of Porto’s historical centre. Price for a 30 mq2 executive double room starts from 278€ per night breakfast and wifi connection included.