THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell
From 04/24 to 04/30
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 2,604,340
Tournament location: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, Carrera de Bosch i Gimpera 5, 08034 Barcelona, Spain.
How to get: The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 is located in the northwest of the city, above Avenida Diagonal in the Pedralbes district. El Prat Airport is far about 16 km and 20 minutes driving. From Placa de Catalunya there is a distance of about 6 km. Public transport will take you to tennis courts in about 25-30 minutes.
Previous winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015/2014 Kei Nishikori – 2013/2012/2011 Rafa Nadal – 2010 Fernando Verdasco – 2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal
Entry list: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)
THE TOWN: Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence. In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.
Lonely Planet’s writer Regis St.Louis explains reasons he love this exceptional town: “I love the sea, and taking an early-morning jog along the Mediterranean is my favourite way to start the day. I’m also a bit of a history nerd, and relish strolling the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter, thinking about the people in past centuries who walked these streets. Then there’s the food and drink – the first-rate tapas bars, the abundant and inexpensive wine, the superb and reasonably priced multicourse lunches. Add Catalan creativity (Modernisme, Miró, Dalí), bohemian bars and stunning nearby getaways and you have, quite simply, one of the world’s most captivating cities.”
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:
- Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batlló
- Parc Güell
- La Boqueira
- Barri Gòtic
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Lleó. This is an elegant *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located next to Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya and the famous Las Ramblas. It has a small rooftop pool with terrace and lounge chairs, free Wi-Fi access and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The onsite restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean cuisine and features a glass roof. Prices start from 127€ for a double room.
- The Corner Hotel. Delicious **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located just 500 mt from Casa Batlló. It features a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and private parking is available on site. A cool & modern double room costs 144€ per night.
- Hotel The Serras. Exceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and located just opposite the Barri Gotic. Set in an historic building it includes a rooftop infinity pool and a 1-Michelin-starred restaurant. Free WiFi access is available. Luxurious services like airport pick-up, limousine, concierge and valet parking are standard in this hotel. The price for a 30 mq2 superior double room starts from 380€ per night.
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