During his yachting tour of the Eastern Mediterranean, tennis star Rafael Nadal made a visit to the Greek city of Patras. The famous athlete was spotted earlier last week touring the Ionian islands.
Patras is a city located in the region of Western Greece, situated on the northern coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula. It is the third largest city in Greece after Athens and Thessaloniki.
Nadal has previously expressed his love of the sea and time spent yachting. He often sails the waters off the coast of his native Mallorca but has spent this holiday season in Greece, traversing the country’s islands and ports.
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Rafael Nadal visits Patras and the Greek Islands
The winner of 22 Grand Slam titles took the opportunity to visit a well-known fish restaurant with his friends and family to enjoy a meal. Although the visit to the restaurant was discrete, the star reportedly agreed to sign autographs for fans.
Greece’s third-largest city
Patras is a vibrant city situated on the northern coast of the Peloponnese Peninsula in Western Greece. With a history dating back to ancient times, it has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, leaving behind significant historical landmarks and architectural remnants.
The city’s cultural scene is highlighted by the renowned Patras Carnival, a lively and colorful celebration attracting visitors from all over Greece. Its economy thrives on various industries, including shipping, commerce, agriculture, and tourism.
Patras is also home to one of the country’s largest and most prestigious universities, the University of Patras, offering a diverse range of academic programs.
Among its landmarks, one can find the ancient Roman Odeon, the Medieval Castle of Patras, the Roman Aqueduct, and the grand Church of Saint Andrew, a significant pilgrimage site. The city’s bustling port serves as a crucial gateway for passenger and freight ferry connections to Italy, contributing to its importance as a transportation hub linking mainland Greece and the Peloponnese region.
Rafael Nadal’s tennis academy in Greece
Located at the Sani Resort, a stunning complex comprising more than 400 hectares, the “Rafa Nadal Tennis Center” includes eight clay courts. Tennis instruction at the luxurious complex is available to players of all ages and skill levels.
According to the official website, “The goal is to provide high-quality tennis coaching so that guests and residents of the area can play and take classes as part of various programs that are customized according to the different player profiles.”
The website further explains that these programs have been created using a unique training system developed by Rafael Nadal and his coaching team over 15 years of professional touring.
The coaching staff at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center undergo an intensive training stage in Manacor to ensure coaching excellence, learning the methodology used at the Rafael Nadal Academy by Movistar.