THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN BBVA Open Ciudad De Valencia
Date: From 21/11 to 27/11
Money prize: $ 25,000 + H
Surface: Clay Outdoor
Tournament Location: Club de Tenis Valencia – Carrer de Cavanilles 7, Valencia 46010 Spain
General information: Historical Club de Tenis Valencia has a strategic position in the heart of Valencia (1,8 km from Catedral) and just 15 minutes by taxi from Valencia International Airport.
Top 10 Players: Mandy Minella (Lux) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Conny Perrin (Sui) – Sofia Shapatava (Geo) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Karolina Muchova (Cze) – Martina Trevisan (Ita) – Tamara Zidanesk (Slo) – Jil Teichmann (Sui) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita)
THE TOWN. Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 1.5–1.6 million people. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea. Lonely Planet write about this town: “Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts of town and converted the former riverbed into a superb green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local boy Santiago Calatrava. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista architecture, great museums and a large, characterful old quarter. Valencia, surrounded by its huerta, a fertile fruit-and-veg farmland, is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN VALENCIA:
- Plaza Ayuntamiento
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hotel Sorolla Centro. Wonderful *** hotel located on a pedestrian street and just 50 from Plaza Ayuntamiento. Rated 9.0 on Booking, it offers modern double rooms of 16 mq2 from 77€ per night with free wifi included. Breakfast is available for an additional fee of 9.90€ per day.
Hotel Vincci Mercat. Excellent **** boutique hotel situated in the heart of Valencia at just 100 mt from Central Market. It features a a restaurant and bar on site, a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and views of the old city. Rated 8.9 on Booking, the hotel offers unique designed double rooms with parquet floor at 92€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
Caro Hotel. Terrific ***** hotel housed in a 19th-century palace in central Valencia, just 200 yards from Cathedral. Rated 9.2 on Booking and nr.1 for Tripadvisor users, it features an on site mediterranean restaurant, a bar with terrace and an outdoor pool always open. Each room is elegant and with an unique design by Francesc Rifé. Prices for a double room of 23 mq2 with excellent breakfast and free wifi included start from 248€ per night.