THE TOWN: Óbidos is a little and cute town and in the Oeste Subregion of Portugal. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants. The municipality population in 2011 was 11,772 in an area of 141.55 square kilometres. The area of the town is located on a scenic hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall. It remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture; its streets, squares, walls and its castle are a popular tourist destination. The castle now houses a pousada. The municipality is also home to the famous Praia D’el Rey golf complex, one of the top golf resorts in Europe.
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
The Azulejos of the City Gate
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Hostel Argonauta. Excellent structure located at 200 mt from Óbidos Castle and rated 9.2 on Booking. It features shared kitchen and bathroom with free toiletries. The unit has accommodation in dormitories and double rooms. A single bed in dormitory costs 26€ per night with free WiFi, parking and breakfast included in the price.
Innfusion. Located 1 km from Vila Natal, this hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property and an on-site bar. Each rooms have a TV and a private bathroom. You will find an ATM at the property. Prices? For a little but cozy double room you will pay 65€ per night with breakfast included in the price. Rated 8.7 on Booking!
Guesthouse Torre de Maneys. Wonderful accomodation rated 9.3 on Booking a few steps from Vila Natal. Each room at this guesthouse is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms feature views of the garden or city. A double room costs 125€ per night with free WiFi and excellent breakfast included.
THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMENSMornington Peninsula Women’s Tennis International #1
From 03/20 to 03/26
Money prize: $ 25,000
Surface: Clay outdoor
Tournament location: Mornington Tennis Centre – 350 Dunns Road , Mornington , Victoria , 3931, Australia
How to get: Tennis courts are not so far from the heart of Mornington, just at 3,7 km from famous Pier. The closest airport is Melbourne international one that is about 100 km from Mornington Tennis Centre (about 75 minutes driving).
THE TOWN: Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula located 57 km south of Melbourne’s central business district. It is known for its village atmosphere and its beautiful beaches. Mornington is a popular tourist destination with Melburnians who often make day trips to visit the area’s bay beaches and wineries. The town centre runs into the foreshore area and local beach.
Lonely Planet writes about Mornington Peninsula: “The Peninsula – the boot-shaped area of land between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay – has been Melbourne’s summer playground since the 1870s, when paddle steamers ran down to Portsea. Today, much of the interior farming land has been replaced by vineyards and orchards – foodies love the peninsula, where a winery lunch is a real highlight – but it still retains lovely stands of native bushland. The calm ‘front beaches’ are on the Port Phillip Bay side, where families holiday at bayside towns from Mornington to Sorrento. The rugged ocean ‘back beaches’ face Bass Strait and are easily reached from Portsea, Sorrento and Rye; there are stunning walks along this coastal strip, part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. The bay heads are so close that it’s just a short hop by ferry across from Sorrento to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.
3 TOP ATTRACTIONS IN MORNINGTON PENINSULA:
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Peninsula Hot Springs
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Mornington Motel. Cute *** accomodation is located just 500 mt from Mornington Village Shopping. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, barbecue facilities and free on-site parking. A large suite queen with kitchenette costs 139 AUD. Wifi available for an additional charge.
Best Western Plus Brooklands Of Mornington. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking and brilliantly located and set amongst 3 acres of beautiful gardens. Guests enjoy free buffet breakfast, free WiFi and parking and free in-house movies. The price for a 28 mq2 studio starts from 156,5 AUD for night.
Villa Mallorca. Exceptional ***** accomodation located at Mount Martha (about9 km from Mornington) and rated 9.6 by Booking’s users. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi and dining at the in-house Tapas Bar. The spacious 2-bedroom apartment boasts a large private deck offering sea views, a bathroom with a spa bath and an open-plan living area with a gas log fire and cable TV. There is a kitchenette for self catering. Price starts from 350 AUD per night.
THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Brisbane QTC International
Date: From 26/9 to 02/10
Money prize: $ 25,000
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Queensland Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland , 4105, Australia
General information: Queensland Tennis Centre is located about 23 km from Brisbane Airport (25 minutes driving) and and 8,6 km from city.
Recent Past Winners: 2015 Priscilla Hon
Top Seeded Players: Julia Glushko (Isr) – Fangzhou Liu (Chn) – Miyu Kato (Jpn) – Eri Hozumi (Jpn) – Dalma Galfi (Hun) – Jennifer Elie (Usa) – Viktoria Kuzmova (Svk) – Katy Dunne (Gbr) – Kimberly Birrel (Aus) – Priscilla Hon (Aus).
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the , Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia with its over 2.3 million population. Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. It’s a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort towns immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “Brisbane’s charms are evident: the arts, the cafes, the bars, the weather, the old Queenslander houses, the go-get-’em attitude. But perhaps it’s the Brisbane River itself – which broke so many hearts when it flooded in 2011 and 2013 – that gives the city its edge. The river’s organic convolutions carve the city into a patchwork of urban villages, each with a distinct style and topography: bohemian, low-lying West End; hip, hilltop Paddington; exclusive, peninsular New Farm; prim, pointy Kangaroo Point. Move from village to village and experience Queensland’s diverse, eccentric, happening capital.”
TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN BRISBANE:
The Brisbane River
Mount Coot-Tha Lookout
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street. Perfect ***hotel rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location at just 500mt from Queen Street Mall. A design double room costs from 89€ to 99€ per night with breakfast always included in any case.
Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street. Wonderful ****aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.4 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb modern suites with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic view on river at just 124€ per night.
Emporium Hotel. Luxury***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district of Fortitude Valley. Fitness centre and free parking are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 28 mq2 standard queen room is 161€ without breakfast. Rated 9.2 on Booking.