Play & Watch - 5* Barcelona Open | Active Away - Tennis and Ski Holidays for Singles, Families and Adults

Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with fabled architecture and a world-class drinking + dining scene. Combine all of this with watching the world's best compete, then enjoy 10 hours of tennis coaching. You get the perfect weekend city break for tennis lovers.

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It’s going to be an incredible 4 nights, and we’ve managed to organise to play at the World-Famous ‘Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy.’ Andy Murray, Gregor Dimitrov and Jo Konta to name a few are some of the players to have come through this academy. With the Barcelona Open being played at the Real Club de Tennis, only 15 minutes away, we would expect some pro’s to be stopping in to train/visit old coaches.

 Overview See More

We’ve selected the 5* Hesperia Tower Hotel, you can take a tour of the hotel by Clicking Here. We’ve selected this hotel, due to it’s perfect location – 10 minutes from the airport, 7 minutes from the tennis courts and 10 minutes from the Barcelona Open. It’s also got a pool and a spa, so you can unwind after a full day!

  1. Located 650m from a Metro Stop which takes you into the heart of Barcelona
  2. 10 minutes from the airport with free shuttle service! Click Here to view the timetable.
  3. Health Club with Pool + Spa – located across the road (€12 entry fee)
  4. Incredible Breakfast Selection
  5. Great Value Spanish Wines

 

 The City See More

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This fiercely independent city welcomes visitors to experience its friendly atmosphere. Explore the ancient yet well-preserved city centre.

Here’s our top things you have to do whilst in Barcelona



Sagrada Familia

To get to Sagrada you can take the blue line tube and the station is called after the church. Taking to account the queues, it is easier to buy the ticket on the internet in advance and come at the chosen time. You can purchase the tickets on: http://visit.sagradafamilia.cat/?lang=en#tickets, and either print them out at home or if you are already in Barcelona you can print them from the ATM using your reservation number.

There is a range of tickets available, either just the Sagrada for € 15 (with audio guide €19.5), Sagrada and one tower (Passion or Naivity) for €19.5 (with audio guide €24) or Sagrada and Gaudí’s museum in Park Guelf for €18.5 (doesn’t include the ticket to the Park, only the museum). You can see the exterior of the basilica from the top so you can spot the details you won’t see from the ground. From the Naivity tower you can see the eastern side of Barcelona and from the Passion tower the city centre. Because you are 65 meters above the ground. Sagrada is opened between November and February from 9am to 7pm, other months an hour longer (if there are no special events held inside).


The exterior of the church is beautiful, one side (Naivity facade) shows the birth of Christ and the other one (Passion) displays the crucifixion. On all sides of the church are statues and symbols and the main door is beautifully decorated with Christ’s name. The interior is probably even more special. There is so many colours coming from the windows, beautiful pipe organ, astonishing staircases and unbelievably nice altar almost floats in the air. The entry to the museum is included in the main ticket and you can admire there the different drafts of the architecture, explore the variety of symbols and learn a lot about Gaudi as well as other that helped with building the cathedral.



Las Ramblas

The street Las Ramblas is definitely one of the signature symbols of Barcelona and you simply can’t miss it when visiting the city. It used to be a drainage leading from the city to the sea, but nowadays it’s been turned into a busy street with shops, restaurants, museums, famous market, stalls with flowers or cages with parrots, Guinea pigs and other animals, countless street artists and crowds of tourists. There is also a Jamón Serrano shop with a huge shopping window where local men in becoming aprons relentlessly cut thin slices out of huge hams locked in wooden racks.



La Boqueteria Market

This enormous market place with all types of food you can think of is located right on La Rambla, the entrance is quite hidden so it is easy to miss. You will be fascinated by the amounts of Serrano hams that are hang from the ceiling, the seafood section where we admire alive crabs, lobsters, crawfishes, piles of mussels and variety of fishes. The most colourful part of the market is the one with fruit and vegetables, freshly squeezed juice and fruit salads. Everything is beautifully arranged and everything looks tasty combined with the smell of roasted meat sold in the stalls at the very end of the market.



Gothic Quarter

The Gotico district is located on the right of La Rambla and stretches from the sea pier almost all the way to Plaza Catalunya. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets which you can enter either directly from La Rambla or from tube stations Liceu, Drassanes, Barcelonetta, Juamel or Urquinaona and the stroll in this area is definitely worth it. Probably the most interesting building here is the gothic cathedral, a gigantic church which dominates the Placa Nova square. The church itself is huge, consists of 3 ships and has two towers – you can take lift on top of one of them and admire the view. Part of the cathedral is also a monastery where you can find beautiful trees and a small pond with a flock of geese that don’t seem to care about the crowds of tourists watching them on daily basis.

It is also worth to mention the Santa Maria del Mar church, Palau de la Generalitat, Barcelona’s town hall and roman cemetery that are located in this magical district.



Parc Guell

The best way towards the park is to take the tube and get off at the Lesseps station where you’ll find sings guiding you towards the park. The park is split into paid and free zones and there are long queues at the cash desks.

You can buy your tickets beforehand on: http://www.parkguell.cat/en/buy-tickets/, and the entrance costs €7 for adults (doesn’t include the entry to Gaudi’s museum).

The park itself is amazing, definitely worth visiting when you are in Barcelona. There are two houses near the entrance to the paid area that look like from a fairy tale, one with a big ceramic tower and the other one similarly spectacular right next to it.  There you can find an info centre and a souvenir shop. Right in front of the houses is a monumental staircase built in the same playful style, leading to a colourful statue of a lizard always surrounded by tourists wanting a picture with this symbol of Barcelona. The staircase than lead to another floor which is a big platform (originally maybe a market place) that is surrounded by twisty benches that creates an edge of the whole square. From here you get a beautiful view on the entrance to the park as well as on Barcelona itself. The square is surrounded by palm trees with green parrots resting on their branches adding a bit of noise to the peaceful atmosphere of the park. From there you can take the side staircase towards the green part of the park or head to the nearby café where you can get some rest. Even though almost all sights are in the paid area, it is worth going to the part that is free. There you can walk in the blooming part all the way to the Gaudi’s museum, which is a villa where he used to live. You have to pay for the entry but if you are planning to visit some of his other buildings you can give it a miss.



Port Olympic and the seaside

The Olympic port and the whole area of city beaches including the old marina is another popular part of Barcelona and its visit is especially worth it if you’ve had enough of walking around the city. This part of Barcelona is by the sea with beautifully kept surroundings because the whole area was reconstructed before the Olympic Games in 1992 and it has kept its new look ever since. It is a relaxing place with many restaurants from which you can watch locals going around on rollerblades or bikes, boats coming into the port and admire the new buildings including a huge bronze whale.



Casa Batlló and Casa Milá (La Pedrera)

Casa Batlló and Casa Milá are the two best known Gaudi’s houses located diagonally opposite each other on a Passeing De Grácia street. You can get there either from Plaza Catalunya or the Diagonal and Passeing de Grácia tube stations. Both houses look fantastic from the outside but you can also go inside and admire the interiors which are both astonishing and very imaginative. Thanks to that there is usually a long queue and therefore it is better to buy the tickets online (https://www.lapedrera.com/en/home and https://tickets.casabatllo.es/site/CasaBatllo/?lang=en). The prices are around €20 per person but at least visiting Casa Batló where you can admire beautiful interiors, for example a blue mosaic in the centre of the house, imaginative stairways, hallways and windows, is worth it. Casa Milá, called also La Pedrera, is also an interesting building looking like a fortress with chimneys shaped as knights and dragons.

 The Tournament See More

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Barcelona Open – The ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament is one of the most important events in Spanish tennis and on the Barcelona social calendar. With a prize pool of ‎€1,995,000, it attracts the world’s best players.

Previous competitors include:

  • Nadal
  • Djokovic
  • Dimitrov
  • Theim
  • Murray
  • Anderson
  • Nishikori

 Beach & Pools See More

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5* NH Collection Barcelona Tower

For a surcharge, guest have access to the Metropolitan Health & Club Spa, a fitness centre located in an annex building which includes a spa, indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court and a gym

 

  Rooms See More

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They’ve all got a luxurious feel, with modern furnishings, rich fabrics, and a color palette of deep red, chocolate brown and gold.
Extras include free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs, and some rooms come with benefits like access to the health club and our Tower Club Lounge.

Superior Double Room

 

  • Bathroom amenities set
  • In-room selection of pillows
  • Digital safe
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • International channels
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV
  • Shower
  • Slippers

 

 Dining & Bars See More

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Bouquet

The Bouquet Restaurant offers guests two unique experiences under one roof. Guests looking for a quick bite to eat will find plenty of mouth-watering options in the casual setting of the bistro. Meanwhile, the restaurant provides a more traditional setting for diners seeking a relaxing, sit-down meal.

Breakfast

Prepared fresh each morning, the hotel’s breakfast buffet ensures a balanced, healthy start to your day. The breakfast buffet includes a wide variety of fresh fruit juices, pastries, cold cuts, cheeses, fruit, yogurt, breads and much more. You can also request hot dishes made to order.

Axis Bar

This bar is one of the most fashionable spots in Barcelona, teaming cutting-edge interiors with a great cocktail menu.

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Tennis court description

  • 22 Tennis Courts
  • Red Clay Surface
  • Slow Pace
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Our weekly programme

  • The tennis programme consists of 10 hours of tennis incorporating morning coaching sessions, and afternoon matchplay sessions and an end of week social champagne tournament.
  • The programme has been devised with the main emphasis on improving your doubles; our aim is for you to go home a better doubles player with an improved understanding of your positioning, movement and tactical play. As well as improving your doubles play we will also be giving you personal technical tips which you can work on to further help improve your game.
  • For those that want to play singles we arrange box leagues that can be played outside of the program times.
  • Our programme is as flexible as it need s to be and we can tailor your holiday to your exact needs. You can play as much or as little tennis as you want. You can rest assured that all abilities will be catered for, from absolute beginners to County and National standard players. Private lessons with one of our professional coaches can be arranged in resort for an additional cost.
  • The week is as much about having fun as it is about meeting new friends and playing tennis.

 


  Other activitIes See More

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Being in Barcelona the list of activites to do is endless! We’ve listed our best selection here:

  1. Visit La Sagrada Famillia – Gaudí’s masterpiece church
  2. Las Ramblas – The famous boulevard
  3. Gothic Quarter – Wander through the tapas bars, shops, museums, and cafes
  4. Magic Fountain Show – Beautiful show of water, light and music
  5. Picasso Museum – Barcelona’s most famous museum

 Distance from Airport See More

Only a 10 minute journey from the airport with a free shuttle bus!

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 whats - included See More

  • 5 * hotel accommodation
  • 4 nights B&B Board Basis
  • Full hosted itinerary with guide
  • Price based on 2 sharing a room
  • Single room from £50 per night (not included)
  • 10 Hrs professional tennis programme at the Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy with Active Away Coaches
  • 1 ticket to the ATP/WTA 500 Masters tournament
  • Concierge booking service
  • Organised evening meals and activities
  • Organised sightseeing/activities
  • WIFI
  • Fully ATOL protected