THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
From 015/01 to 05/07
Money prize: $ 226,750
Surface: Clay Outdoor
Location: Société Wifaq Tennis Rabat S.A , Km 6,8 Route des Zaers Lot Ambassador , Rabat , 20000, Morocco
How to get: Tennis courts are far about 10 km from famous Rabat’s Hassan Tower. From International Airport Rabat-Salè you need 23 minutes drive to get WIFAQ club.
Past champions: 2016 Timea Bacsinszky – 2015 Elina Svitolina – 2014 Maria Teresa Torro Flor – 2013 Francesca Schiavone – 2012 Kiki Bertens – 2011 Alberta Brianti – 2010 Iveta Melzer – 2009 Isabela Medina Garrigues – 2008 Gisela Dulko
Main players: Daria Gavrilova (Aus) – Daria Kasatkina (Rus) – Timea Babos (Hun) – Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Allison Riske (Usa) – Yaroslava Shevedova (Kaz) – Alize Cornet (Fra)
THE TOWN: Rabat is the seventh largest city center with an urban population of approximately 580,000. It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a World Heritage Site. Lonely Planet writes about this town: “Morocco’s political and administrative capital may be short on top-drawer tourist attractions, but it compensates with plenty of charm. The Ville Nouvelle’s palm-lined boulevards are clean, well kept and relatively free of traffic – a blessed relief for those who have spent time in Casablanca. There’s a clean central beach, an intact and evocative kasbah, and an attractive walled medina that is far less touristy than those in other large cities. All in all, the city is a good choice for a short sojourn.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN RABAT:
- Hassan Tower
- Mohammed V Mausole
- Kasbah des Oudaias
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel des Oudaias. Very good *** hotel located in the medina of Rabat, and just 8 km from Airport. Featuring an on site restaurant, free wifi and parking at 2€ per night, it offers deluxe double rooms of 26 mq2 at 70€ per night with breakfast included. Rated 8.4 on Booking.
- Belere Hotel Rabat. Voted nr.1 hotel in Rabat on Tripadvisor, this **** accomodation is located close to Royal Palace. Belere Hotel provides 3 delicious restaurants and a bar with panoramic view. Price for a superior double room with view is 79€ per night with breakfast, free wifi and parking included.
- Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses. Wonderful ***** hotel which sits on a luxurious site of more than 7 hectares, including 3 swimming pools and mini-golf area. Rated 7.9 on Booking it features a restaurant, a bar, a night club, a garden terrace and a wellness center. It offers modern 25 mq2 superior double room at 205€ per night with wifi and parking included.