THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN FUTURES Cyprus #1
From 14/11 to 20/11
Money prize: $ 10,000
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Location: National Tennis Centre – Makarios Stadium Avenue, Nicosia
How to arrive: Larnaca International Airport is the closest airport at about 52 km. City centre is far just 5/6 km and is easy to get by taxi rides.
Top 10 Players: Alexey Vatutin (Rus) – Lucas Miedler (Aut) – Vit Kopriva (Cze) – Omar Salman (Bel) – Neil Pauffley (Gbr) – Pascal Brunner (Aut) – Sander Gille (Bel) – Vasile Antonescu (Rou) – Michal Schmid (Cze) – Mike Urbanija (Slo).
THE TOWN: Nicosia is the largest city and capital of Cyprus island. It is located near the centre of the Mesaoria plain, on the banks of the River Pedieos. Founded in 2500 BC Nicosia, with its millenary history, is one of the oldest town in the world. It was divided into the southern Greek Cypriot and the northern Turkish Cypriot parts in 1963, following the intercommunal violence that broke out in the city. Today, the northern part of the city is the capital of Northern Cyprus, a de facto state that is considered to be occupied Cypriot territory by the international community. For Lonely Planet: “If you grow weary of the coast’s sea and sunbed scene, and even if you don’t, make sure you spend some time in the country’s capital, Nicosia (or Lefkosia as it is known officially and to Greek speakers). It is an enticing city and is ideal for experiencing what modern Cyprus is all about. The ancient walls, traditional restaurants and an increasingly vibrant and young cafe and cultural scene effectively showcase the city’s basic make-up. Almost everything of interest lies within the historic walls, where a labyrinth of narrow streets reveals churches, mosques and evocative colonial-style buildings. The country’s best museum is also here, housing an extensive archaeological collection. The city has been labelled ‘the last divided capital’, a reality that, although still present, is slowly changing thanks to 24-hour checkpoint crossings into its Turkish northern half – North Nicosia (Lefkoşa). “
BEST PLACES TO SEE:
- Buyuk Han
- Selimiye Mosque
- Venetian Walls
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Centrum Hotel. Perfect *** hotel located in the heart of Nicosia, just some steps from the bars and restaurants of Ledra. Rated 8.4 on Booking, it offers elegant and spacious double rooms from 86€ per night with excellent breakfast served on an open air terrace and free wifi included.
Hilton Park Nicosia. Fantastic **** hotel located conveniently a few blocks from centre town. Rated 8.3 on Booking, this hotel host a magnificent outdoor pool, 3 restaurants and 2 bars. The rooms are spacious, modern and stilishly decorated. Prices for a twin room start from 211€ per night with breakfast buffet, free wifi and parking included.
Hilton Cyprus. Excellent ***** hotel located next to the International Conference Center and far just 2 km from city centre. Rated 8.6 on Booking it features a gym, a spa with sauna, a delicious on site buffet or a la carte restaurant and offers free parking and wifi. Prices for a 25mq2 king room with work area, balcony and luxury bathroom start from 259€ with unbelievable breakfast included.