THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS Bursa Cup
From 07/17 to 07/23
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 60,000
Tournament location: Podyum Tennis Club – Nilufer Hatun Str.114, Bursa, 16000, Turkey
How to arrive: Podyum Park is far about 14 km and 30 minutes driving from old town. Bursa Yenisehir Airport is far about 70 km (45 minutes by taxi).
Entry list: Ipek Soylu (Tur) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Dejana Radanovic (Srb) – Alize Lim (Fra) – Ankita Raina (Ind) – Dayana Yastremska (Ukr) – Anastasia Grymalska (Ita) – Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) – Ayla Aksu (Tur) – Alexandra Panova (Rus)
THE TOWN: Bursa is a large city in Turkey, located within the Marmara Region. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey with a population of 2.340.000 and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centres in the country. It was the first major and second overall capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1363. One of its nickname is Green Bursa in reference to the parks and gardens located across its urban fabric.
Lonely Planet introduces Bursa with these words: “Modern, industrial Bursa is built around the mosques, mausoleums and other sites from its incarnation as first Ottoman capital. Despite being built-up and somewhat chaotic, its durable Ottoman core and abundant parks keep it remarkably placid in places. For some fresh air after pounding the markets, the soaring peaks of Mt Uludağ (Turkey’s premier ski resort) are nearby, with Çekirge’s thermal hamams en route.
Bursa was awarded Unesco World Heritage status in 2014 for being the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. The city’s historic contributions to Islamic development have given it an austere reputation. Yet locals are kind and welcoming, and you can take the occasional photo inside historic religious structures (just be respectful). You’ll see a majority of headscarved women here and devout prayer in overflowing mosques.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- The Great Mosque (Ulu Camii)
- Silk Bazaar (Koza Han)
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Green Prusa Hotel. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located centrally in Osmangazi district of Bursa which offers 24-hour front desk service, free private parking on site and soundproofed and elegantly decorated rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. In each rooms there is a minibar which is free of charge. It features a restaurant and a bar too. Prices for a 25 mq2 double room starts from 68€ per night with breakfast included.
- The Berussa Hotel. Beautiful **** hotel located 25 km from the popular skiing resort Mount Uludag and rated 8,5 on Booking. It features free WiFi accessible throughout the building, onsite a la carte restaurant and free private parking. A modern 25 mq2 standard double room costs from 100€ per night with good breakfast included.
- Hilton Bursa Convention Center & Spa. With modern and classical Ottoman elements, Hilton Bursa is a 5-star hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located 4 km from the city centre. Overlooking the peaks of Uludag Mountains, it features an ultra-modern spa with hammams, a heated indoor pool, and massage rooms. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas. This environmentally friendly hotel has won a Green Star certificate in 2015 and Luxury Art Hotel award in 2016. On site there are two delicious restuarant and a lounge bar. Decorated in warm tones with a touch of turquoise, each room includes a 40-inch flat-screen TV with a media hub. All have a spacious marble bathroom with a walk-in shower and Iznik mosaic tiles. Prices? A fantastic 40 mq2 queen room costs from 140€ per night with cancellation included.
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