Sant Cugat – You will appreciate this tournament a few minutes from Barcelona…

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENS 13è Open Ciutat de Sant Cugat

From 10/30 to 11/05

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location: Club Tennis Natacio Sant Cugat – Camí Crist Treballador s/n, Sant Cugat, 08173, Spain

How to arrive: The tennis club is far just 2.4 km and about 10 minutes driving from city center. Barcelona El Prat Intl Airport is located at less than 28 km from tennis venue (you will need a taxi drive of about 45 minutes)

Past champions: 2016 Arantxa Rus (Ned)

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Nr.1 of the seeding Martina Trevisan

Entry list: Martina Trevisan (Ita) – Basak Eraydin (Tur) – Maria Teresa Torro Flor (Esp) – Silvia Soler Espinosa (Esp) – Daniela Seguel (Chi) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Georgina Garcia Perez (Esp) – Andrea Gamiz (Ven) – Paula Badosa Gibert (Esp) – Melanie Stokke (Nor)

THE TOWN: Sant Cugat del Vallès  (pop. 81,745 in 2010) is a town north of Barcelona in Catalonia. Known as Castrum Octavianum in antiquity  it is named after Saint Cucuphas, who is said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery. The final part of its toponym, del Vallès, is a reference to the historical county where the town is situated, Vallès. The town’s other buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d’Alt Rendiment. Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location (only 20 kilometres from the city), its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. It also offers restaurants, a co ncert venue, two cinemas, and one large shopping centre. The town has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Monestir de Sant Cugat

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  • Ermita de Sant Medir

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  • El Pino de Xandri

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Aparthotel del GolfFeaturing free WiFi, air conditioning and private parking, this 3 stars hotel, rated 8.1 on Booking, is located just 11.3 km from Barcelona. Each unit has a private bathroom with a bathtub. Prices? From 97€ for a two-bedroom apartment with terrace suitable for 3 adults.
  • Holiday Inn Express Sant CugatLocated at 21 km from El Prat Barcelona airport this modern *** hotel, rated 8.2 on Booking, features free WiFi and parking on site, a lounge bar and a 24-hour front desk. Modern air conditioned rooms offer flat screen Tv, private bathroom and tea-coffee facilities. For a 20 mq2 double room you will pay 100€ per night with very good breakfast included.
  • Hotel Sant CugatFeaturing free WiFi and a sun terrace, 4 stars Hotel Sant Cugat offers accommodations is at just 11.3 km from Barcelona. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and a private parking. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and come with a private bathroom equipped with a bathtub. The daily price, for a 21 mq2 double room, starts from 106€ per night with free cancellation. Rated 8.5 on Booking!

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Visit Sant Cugat Official

Your Hotel in Sant Cugat

 

Enjoy!!!

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Santander – The beautiful town of Cantabria will host an intersting Itf mens tournament

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN LXIX Torneo Internacional RDT de la Magdalena

From 08/21 to 08/27

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 25,000

Tournament location:  Real Sociedad de Tenis de Magdalena – Avenida de la Magdalena nº 8, Santander, 39005, Spain

How to arrive: Tennis club is directly located in one of the most touristic place of Santander, Peninsula de la Magdalena. It is far just 800 mt from Palacio de la Magdalena. Santander Airport is situated at less than 10 km from tennis venue (about 20 minutes by taxi).

Past champion: 2016 Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp)

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Pedro Martinez nr.1 of the expected entry list

Entry list: Pedro Martinez (Esp) – Pedro Cachin (Arg) – Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Yosuke Watanuki (Jpn) – Fabien Reboul (Fra) – Ilya Vasilyev (Rus) – Miguel Semmler (Esp) – Raul Brancaccio (Ita) – Sergio Gutierrez Ferrol (Esp)

THE TOWN:  The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. Located west of Bilbao, the city has a population of 178,465. It houses the headquarters of multinational bank Banco Santander, and is the location of the founding of the namesake company.

Lonely Planet writes: “The belle-époque elegance of El Sardin­ero aside, modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint. But Cantabria’s capital is an engaging one, nonetheless, making the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander. It’s a lively spot to spend a night or two, with fine urban beaches, busy shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, plenty of surf, and some intriguing cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.”

TO NOT BE MISSED IN SANTANDER:

  • Peninsula de la Magdalena

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  • Palacio de la Magdalena

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  • Los Raqueros

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Art Santander. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking which enjoys boasting views on Santander’s Bay and offers contemporary decor, modern furnishings and free WiFi throughout. Available for guests 24h front desk and car parking without any additional charge. The price for a cozy comfort double room is 150€ per night.
  • Grand Hotel Sardinero. Located 1 minute walk from the beach, this wonderful 4 stars hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, features elegant rooms, in many cases with views of the Cantabrian Sea, a charming restaurant which serves traditional and regional cuisine and the free Wi-fi connection everywhere in the property. A standard double room of 22 mq2 costs 220€ per night with free cancellation.
  • Eurostars Hotel Real. Luxury and impressive ***** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located just 3 minutes from the beach, this property offers a spa with a free gym, an excellent award-winning on site restaurant with views of the bay, an elegant bar with a large cocktail terrace. The bright, air-conditioned rooms are elegant with free Wi-Fi connection. Prices? For a classic room you will pay 259€ per night with free parking included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Santander Tourism Official Site

Your Hotel in Santander

 

Enjoy this Cantabria’s Tennis Trip!!!

 

 

Segovia – An happy return in the terrific heart of Castilla y Leon

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Open Castilla y Leon

From 07/31 to 08/06

Surface: Hard outdoor

Prize money: $ 100,000

Tournament location: Open de Tennis Villa El Espinar – Carr. de La Garganta, 40400 La Estación de El Espinar, Segovia

General info: Tennis club is located  at El Espinar, about 30 km from Segovia city centre and 70 km from Madrid, and it’s easily accessible by car, bus and train. In the club there is a good but not cheap restaurant, but in the surrounding area  there are numerous dining options, offering local specialties at reasonable prices.

Past champions: 2016 Luca Vanni – 2015/2012 Evgenyi Donskoy – 2014 Adrian Mannarino – 2013 Pablo Carreno Busta – 2011 Karol Beck – 2010 Daniel Gimeno Traver – 2009 Feliciano Lopez – 2008 Sergyi Stakhovsky – 2007 Fernando Verdasco

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Italian defending champion Luca Vanni

Entry list: Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Sergy Stakhovsky (Ukr) – Peter Gojowczyk (Pol) – Adrian Menendez Maceiras (Esp) – Ilya Ivashka (Blr) – Egor Gerasimov (Blr) – Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) – Aldin Setkic (Bih) – Benjamin Bonzi (Fra)

THE TOWN: Segovia  is a city in the autonomous spanish region of Castilla y León. Getting to Segovia means diving in the heart of Spain and Castilla. With its twisting alleyways and high concentration of Romanesque churches, its pedestrian streets and medieval walls, its astonishing monuments and its two rivers, this town deserves more than a simple visit. The old quarter along with its Roman aqueduct has been declared World Heritage Site by Unesco from 1985.

For Lonely Planet: “Unesco World Heritage–listed Segovia has always had a whiff of legend about it, not least in the myths that the city was founded by Hercules or by the son of Noah. It may also have something to do with the fact that nowhere else in Spain has such a stunning monument to Roman grandeur (the soaring aqueduct) surviving in the heart of a vibrant modern city. Or maybe it’s because art really has imitated life Segovia-style – Walt Disney is said to have modelled Sleeping Beauty’s castle in California’s Disneyland on Segovia’s Alcázar. Whatever it is, the effect is stunning: a magical city of warm terracotta and sandstone hues set amid the rolling hills of Castilla, against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS: 

  • Aqueduct de Segovia

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  • Alcazar de Segovia

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  • The Segovia Cathedral

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • For tennis lovers I suggest of course the official tournament hotel, which is the Segovia Sierra de Guadarrama located at Los Ángeles de San Rafael. Very beautiful 4 stars hotel offer large rooms of about 20mq2 at starting prices of 102€ for night with breakfast and free wi-fi included. It also offers access to a nearby spa, swimming pools, 2 golf courses, 2 restaurants and a supermarket. Of course the silver lining of the hotel is the possibility to experience the event from inside, closely with tennis players. The downside is the distance from Segovia (20 km) and from Tennis Club too (about 15 minutes by car). So it could be important to rent a car before booking this hotel.
  • In Segovia old town, you coul book Hotel Don Felipe delicious 3 stars hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, at only 200 mt from Alcazar. Room rates start from 67,5€ with wi-fi included (but you pay breakfast separately for 11€ daily) for a double of 18 mq2. Underground parking service at 12€. The hotel has a very cute garden with view of the surrounding country.
  • Do you want for once to stay in a luxury five-star hotels? Then the right choice is the terrific Eurostars Convento Capuchinos built in a real former monastery and located close to Plaza Mayor. Rooms, available from about 129€ with excellent breakfast included, are large and modernly furnished. The free wi-fi connection is, of course, included. Rated 9.0 on Booking.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Segovia Official

Alcazar de Segovia Official Website

Your Hotel in Segovia

 

Enjoy this new edition of Open Castilla y Leon!!!

 

 

 

Mallorca – In the wonderful Spanish island for Viki Azarenka’s come back!

THE TOURNAMENT: WTA INTERNATIONAL Mallorca Open

From 06/19 to 06/25

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: $ 226,750

Tournament location: Country Club Santa Ponsa – Avenida Golf 35 Santa Ponsa 07180 Calviá, Mallorca, Spain

How to arrive: Cc Santa Ponsa is located at 19 km from Palma that is about 20 minutes by car/taxi and 30 using public bus 102. Palma Intl Airport is far about 30 km.

Past champion: 2016 Caroline Garcia

Entry list: Victoria Azarenka (PR, Blr) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) – Kiki Bertens (Ned) – Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) – Caroline Garcia (Fra) – Ana Konjuh (Cro) – Carla Suárez Navarro (Esp) – Laura Siegemund (Ger) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Eugenie Bouchard (Can)

Viki Azarenka finally is going to come back!

 

THE TOWN: Majorca or Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. Like the other Balearic Islands of Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the island is an extremely popular holiday destination, particularly for tourists from Germany and the United Kingdom.

Lonely Planet’s writer Danny Harper tell us the reason why he loves this island: “My parents did the right thing and bought a house in Fornalutx when I was four. Every summer spent in Mallorca was blissful: building camps with friends in the torrent, leaping from high rocks into the waters of the Port de Sóller, listening to the donkeys clop up the steps of Calle del Monte. Nowadays it’s what I took for granted then that transfixes me most: the mesmerising night sky, the Tramuntana glowing like coals at sunset, the timeless terracotta hues of the stone houses and the deep azures of the Mediterranean. And each time I return, there’s something else that enthrals me.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cap de Formentor


  • Catedral La Seu


  • Playa Romantica


BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SANTA PONSA:

  • Tryp Mallorca Santa Ponsa. Very good 4 star accomodation with high value for money, this Mediterranean-style hotel is set just 300 m from the beach. It offers an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and comfortable air conditioned rooms with a private terrace. It features a restaurant, a cafeteria and the free Wifi in the public areas. The daily rate for a standard double room is 98€ per night.
  • Iberostar Suites Hotel Jardín del Sol. This adults only excellent 4 stars hotel is set 1 km from Playa Santa Ponsa Beach and offers impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea. It features an outdoor swimming pool and a spa, an international and a japanese restaurant, a spa and a gym. A wonderful 35 mq2 suite costs 213€ per night with free wifi connection.
  • Pure Salt Port Adriano. Exceptional ***** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and perfectly located between the Majorcan coast and the Sta Ponsa Golf Course, this luxurious, adultsonly hotel has a panoramic terrace with swimming pool and you can unwind in the health spa. The hotel’s spa and fitness centre are free to all guests. Beauty treatments are available for an extra cost. The hotel’s Adriana Restaurant offers delightful and healthy à la carte lunches and dinners. The Oyster Bar, with its spectacular views, offers excellent breakfast and exquisite Mediterranean and international cuisine. Prices? A deluxe double room costs 459€ per night with free parking, WiFi and breakfast.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site 

See Mallorca Tourism Official

Your Hotel in Mallorca 


Enjoy it!!!

Barcelona – The best clay specialists will face here…at Antoni Gaudí’s home

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

Rafa is looking for his 10th title in Barcelona

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.
The double room of Hotel The Serras

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Barcelona Official 

Your Hotel in Barcelona


Enjoy this cool TennisTrip!!!

Jávea – David Ferrer Academy presents a tennis week in the sunny Costa Blanca

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN I Torneo Internacional Ferrer Tennis Academy

From 03/13 to 03/19

Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay outdoor

Tournament location: Club Tenis Jávea – Avenida del Pla 118, Javea, 03730 Spain

How to get: The most popular method to get to Jávea is by air and the town is almost equidistant between Alicante Elche (85 km) and Valencia-Manises (95 km) airports. If you don’t want to rent a car the best solution is to land in Alicante because there is a bus company which offers direct connection with Jávea (Beniconnect company). Club Tenis Jávea is far 3,4 km and 6 minutes driving from city centre.

Main players: Pedro Martinez Portero (Esp) – Javier Marti (Esp) – Carlos Taberner (Esp) – Marc Giner (Esp) – Mario Vilella Martinez (Esp) – Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Esp)  – Ivan Ghakov (Rus) – Juan Ignacio Galarza (Arg) – Pedro Cachin (Arg) – Albert Alcaraz Ivorra (Esp)

Nr.2 of the seeding Javier Marti
THE TOWN: Jávea (or Xàbia) is a coastal town in the comarca of Marina Alta, in the province of Alicante. Situated on the back side of the Montgó, behind a wide bay and sheltered between two rocky headlands, the town has become a very popular small seaside resort and market town. Half of its resident population and over two thirds of its annual visitors are foreigners.  Lonely Planet writes about this town: “With a large expat resident population, Xàbia (Spanish: Jávea) is a gentle, family-oriented place that has largely resisted the high-rise tourist developments that blight so much of the Costa Blanca. Pleasant, relaxed and picturesque, it comes in three flavours: the small old town 2km inland; El Puerto (the port), directly east of the old town; and the beach zone of El Arenal, a couple of kilometres south.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN JÁVEA AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Cala de la Granadella


  • Montgó Natural Park


  • Arenal Beach


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Jávea. Delicious ** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and directly located at 100 mt from Jávea Beach. It offers free wifi and parking for customers and features a bar with terrace. A small but cozy and modern double room costs just 55€ per night.
  • Hotel Triskel. Exceptional ** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and settled in a restored building of Jávea center. The hotel offers a welcome glass of cava, a bar, a lounge with a fireplace, and an airport shuttle service available for a supplement. The price for one night in a classic double room is 80€ with breakfast and wifi included.
  • Parador De Jávea. Very good **** accomodation rated 8.5 on Booking and situated in exotic gardens and right beside Mediterranean beaches, Parador de Jávea has a fantastic outdoor pool and fine options for dining. From restaurant terrace is possible to enjoy wonderful views on the bay. A 24 mq2 standard twin room costs 136€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.

Hotel Parador de Jávea

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Info

Jávea Tourism Portal

Accomodations
Enjoy this Tennis Trip in Costa Blanca!!!



Manacor – Who will win at Rafa Nadal’s home?

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN FUTURE Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar Futures II

From 01/23 to 01/29

Money prize: $ 15,000

Surface: Clay Outdoor

Location: Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar – Carretera Cales de Mallorca sn – km 1,2 Torre del Enagistes – Manacor (Mallorca) 07500 Spain

How to get: Rafa Nadal Academy is far about 2,9 km from Manacor city center. Mallorca Intl Airport instead is far about 45 minutes driving (52,3 km).

Main players: Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Esp) – Stefano Travaglia (Ita) – Jaume Munar (Esp) – Pedro Martinez Portero (Esp) – Maxime Chazal (Fra) – Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp) – Evan Leshem (Isr) – Dimitar Kuzmanov (Bul) – Pedro Cachin (Arg)

Jordi Samper Montana – Nr.1 of the seeding

THE TOWN: Manacor is a town of about 40,000 people and municipality on the island of Mallorca. It has tourist areas like Porto Cristo, site of the famous Caves of Drach, and Cales de Mallorca. Manacor has one of the busiest street markets on the island and is famous for furniture manufacture and artificial pearls. From about ten years is universally known to be the birthplace and home town of tennis star Rafael Nadal. Infact Lonely Planet writes about it: “Manacor, Mallorca’s second-largest city, is perhaps best known as the birthplace of tennis great Rafael Nadal and as a centre of furniture manufacturing. There are definitely more compelling attractions to be found elsewhere, but don’t discount this place entirely: it does have a striking church at its centre, and there’s some fine shopping to be had on its outskirts – from wineries to Mallorca’s world-famous”.



TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Cala Anguila


  • Manacor Old Town

  • Sport Xperience – Rafa Nadal Museum

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Can Guixa. Family run ** hotel located in the heart of Manacor’s Old Town, just some steps from central station. It offers simple but spacious double rooms at 69$ per night with free wifi included.
  • THB Felip Class. Fantastic **** hotel situated in Porto Cristo at 11 km from Manacor. Rated 8.0 on Booking, this hotel is located directly on seafront. It includes two pools, a spa, a gym and an a-la-carte restaurant. The twin rooms are quite spacious and with balcony and the prices start from 97$ in b&b to 106$ in half board per night. Free wifi.
  • La Reserva Rotana. Wonderful ***** hotel which rises in a 17th century mansion overlooking the valley and beautiful countryside. Rated 9.1 on Booking it features a a gourmet restaurant and a barbecue bar, a free 9 holes golf course and offers free wifi and parking to customers. Prices for a charming 25 mq2 double room start from 236$ with excellent breakfast.



USEFUL LINKS:


Tournament Info

Rafa Nadal Academy Official

Sport Xperience Official Site

Manacor on See Mallorca

Accomodations

Enjoy this trip in wonderful Mallorca!!!

Almeria – A tennis week at Cuevas Del Almanzora

THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN FUTURE Internacionales del Almanzora

From 28/11 to 04/12

Money prize: $ 10,000

Surface: Hard Indoor

Location: Tenis y Padel Indalo – Canada de Lorca sn – Cuevas del Almanzora (Almeria) 04618 Spain

How to get: Tennis court is far about 1 hour driving from Aeroporto de Almeria.

Main players: Pere Riba (Esp) – Jaume Munar (Esp) – Gianluigi Quinzi (Ita) – Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Esp) – Alvaro Lopez San Martin (Esp) – Roberto Ortega Olmedo (Esp) – Andres Artunedo (Esp) – Jaume Pla Malfeito (Esp) – Marcos Giraldi Requena (Esp) – Marc Fornell (Esp)

THE TOWN: Lonely Planet writes about this little town of Andalusia: “Almería has come a long way. What was a couple of decades ago basically a tough port city, with its glory days buried firmly in the past, is today the increasingly polished, energetic and visitor-friendly capital of Andalucía’s second-wealthiest province. Its cultural attractions are ever-growing and the tapas-bar scene in its spruced-up old centre rivals the best.

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • La Alcazaba


  • Cabo de Gata – Nijar Natural Park


  • Paseo de Almeria


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

Torreluz Centro. Perfect ** hotel located in the heart of Almeria, just some steps from the cathedral and Alcazaba. Rated 8.4 on Booking, it offers spacious double rooms at 62€ per night with good breakfast and free wifi included.

Hotel Costasol. Fantastic *** hotel located conveniently at just 500 meters from Almeria cathedral. Rated 8.4 on Booking, this hotel is just five minutes walking from the beach. The rooms are essential but with everything you need. Prices for a double room is 65€ per night with breakfast buffet and free wifi.

Aire Hotel & Ancient Bath Plaza Vieja. Excellent **** hotel which rises in a 19th century building next to the Alcazaba Fortress Center and 7 minutes from city’s port. Rated 8.5 on Booking it features a delicious on site a la carte mediterranean restaurant and offers free wifi to customers. Prices for a stylish 16 mq2 double room start from 105€ with excellent breakfast.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Club Official Site

Almeria Tourism Official

Cuevas de Almanzora Info

Accomodations

ENJOY!!!



Valencia – Last outdoor matches on clay in the wonderful Spanish town

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

Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia

  • Oceanografico

oceanografico

  • Cathedral

Kathedrale v.Valencia

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.
USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT VALENCIA OFFICIAL

OCEANOGRAFICO OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL VALENCIA ACCOMODATIONS

 
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Oviedo – Tennis fights in the magnificent capital of Asturias

THE TOURNAMENT:  Itf Copa Real Club de Tenis Oviedo

Date: From 05/9 to 11/9

Money prize: $ 25,000

Surface: Clay – Outdoor

Tennis Club: Real Club de Tenis Oviedo – General Zuvillaga 3, 33005, OVIEDO

How to arrive: Tenis club is located 47 km from Asturias Airport (about 35 minutes by car on highways A8-A66) but just 600 from  Oviedo Uria Station.

Recent Past Winners: 2014 Adrien Puget (Fra) – 2014 Jordi Samper Montana (Esp) – 2013 Josè Checa Calvo (Esp) – 2012 Nikola Ciric (Srb) – 2011 Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus)

Top Seeded Players: Marc Giner (Esp) – Javier Marti (Esp) – Jaume Munar (Esp) – Goncalo Oliveira (Por) – Albert Alcaraz Ivorra (Esp)

TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN OVIEDO:

  • SANTA MARIA DEL NARANCO CHURCH

Santa-María-del-Naranco-Oviedo

  • ESCULTURAS OVIEDO

esculturas oviedo

  • CATHEDRAL DE SAN SALVADOR

Cathedral de San Salvador1

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Nap Hotel Oviedo. Delicious **** hotel just a few mt from Tenis Club and 10 minutes walking from old town – Rated 8.1 on Booking. A modern and quite spacious double room costs just 65€ per night with breakfast buffet included.
  • Ayre Hotel Oviedo. Terrific ****  hotel designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava – Located inside Oviedo Congress Palace this hotel is ranked at the 2nd place among Oviedo accomodations for Tripadvisor’s users. Prices from 95€ to 103€ with breakfast included.
  • Barcelò Oviedo Cervantes. Wonderful ***** design hotel  is located in the heart of Oviedo and is the official hotel of the tournament. Rated 8.7 on Booking offers spacious deluxe double room of 26 mq2 from 109€ to 139€ (with breakfast).

USEFUL LINKS:

OVIEDO INFO TOURIST

OVIEDO ON ASTURIAS GUIDE

TENNIS CLUB AND TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

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SEVILLA – THE RHYTHM OF TENNIS WILL BEAT STRONG IN THE HEART OF ANDALUSIA

THE TOURNAMENT:  Liv Copa Sevilla

Date: From 06/9 to 11/9

Money prize: € 42,500

Surface: Clay

Tennis Club: Real Club De Tenis Betis – Avda. Ramón Carande, s/n, 41013 Sevilla

How to arrive: Tennis club is far from Sevilla Airport 11.3 km (about 20 minutes by car/ 40 minutes by public bus EA) and just 1.5 km walk from Alcàzar and Plaza de Espana.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Pedro Cachin – 2014 Pablo Carreno Busta – 2013/2012/2011 Daniel Gimeno Traver – 2010 Albert Ramos

Top Seeded Players: Inigo Cervantes (Esp) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Taro Daniel (Jap) – Andrej Martin (Slv) – Daniel Gimeno Traver (Esp) – Arthur De Greef (Bel) – Andrei Roublev (Rus)

TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE IN SEVILLA:

  • Plaza de Espana

plaza-españa-sevilla

  • Real Alcàzar

seville alcazar

  • Catedral de Sevilla y Giralda

cattedrale-giralda

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Monte Triana. *** hotel just 15 minutes walk from old town – Prices from 89€ to 114€ depending if breakfast included or not. Wide 20mq2 room.
  • Melìa Sevilla. ****  hotel – Just 600 mt from tennis courts and close Plaza de Espana. Rated 8.3 on Booking. Prices from 120€-148€ in B&b for a 27 mq2 double room.
  • Hotel NH Collection Sevilla. **** hotel – About 500 mt from Tennis Club. Rated 8.6 on Booking. Prices from 128€ (only room) to 164€ (with breakfast).
  • Gran Melìa Colon. Wonderful ***** design hotel  ten minutes walk from Catedral. Rated 9.2 on Booking offers a deluxe double room from 220€ with breakfast included.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

VISIT SEVILLA

REAL ALCAZAR OFFICIAL SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

TENNIS CLUB SITE

ALL ACCOMODATIONS

 

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