THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Cascais Next Gen Tour
From 04/03 to 04/09
Prize money: $ 15,000
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: Quinta da Marinha Racket Club – Ruda das Codornizes, Quinta Da Marinha (Cascais), 2750 685, Portugal
How to get: Tennis club is far just 5 km (10 minutes driving) from Cascais train station. An Uber ride will cost you about 4€-7€. Remember that Cascais is 30 km from Lisbon city center and 43 km from Intl Airport.
Entry list: Makoto Ochi (Jpn) – Gonçalo Oliveira (Por) – Federico Gil (Por) – Marcelo Zormann (Bra) – Joao Menezes (Bra) – Patrick Fabian (Svk) – Miliaan Neisten (Ned) – Joao Monteiro (Por) – Pedro Sakamoto (Bra) – Andre Gaspar Murta (Por)
THE TOWN: Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon. The population in 2011 was 206,479. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal’s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists.
Lonely Planet writes: “Cascais (kush-kaish) has rocketed from sleepy fishing village to much-loved summertime playground of wave-frolicking lisboêtas ever since King Luís I went for a dip in 1870. Its trio of golden bays attracts sun-worshipping holidaymakers, who come to splash in the ice-cold Atlantic. Don’t expect to get much sand to yourself at the weekend, though.
There’s plenty of post-beach life, with winding lanes leading to small museums, cool gardens, a shiny marina and a pedestrianised old town dotted with designer boutiques and alfresco fish restaurants. After dark, lively bars fuel the party. There’s also great surfing at Praia do Guincho, 9km northwest, and running or cycling along the shoreline path.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN CASCAIS:
- Boca do Inferno
- Farol Casa Santa Maria
- Praia do Guincho
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Eurostars Cascais. Sensational **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located at just 600 mt from the incredible Boca do Inferno. The hotel has a terrace and views of the sea, a gym and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or relax at pool. WiFi is free of charge everywhere. A fantastic standard twin room costs just 89€ per night with breakfast included.
- Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort. Luxurious ***** hotel situated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and rated 8.4 on Booking. It hosts tournament and tennis players. Guests can enjoy 2 restaurants, a spa, a 18 holes golf course, a fitness center, an indoor pool and free WiFi and parking. Prices start from 122€ per night for a 22 mq2 double room with balcony.
- Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa. Wonderful ***** resort rated 9.3 on Booking and directly located on Atlantic Ocean. The hotel features an outdoor infinity pool, a Spa which offers aromatherapy massages, a Health Club, gourmet restaurants and free WiFi throughout the property. The price for a standard double room with city view is 190€ per night.