Sports and Leisure in Cyprus - tennis, golf holidays, jet skiing, kayaking and more...
The island of Cyprus is more known for its beaches and romantic cuisine, however, sports and leisure activities are popular activities on the island where tourists participate in everything from diving to golf. This is particularly true of Paphos, which lies near the harbour, mountains and the three golf clubs on the island, making the city the perfect location for sports, relaxation or sight seeing.
Golf at Aphrodite Hills
Built upon two plateaus overlooking the Mediterranean, the Aphrodite Hills Resort is the perfect place to stay for those looking for great golf in Cyprus. With a large 18-hole course and several other luxurious amenities, the resort is convenient to other attractions on the island as well. Perfect for Cyprus golf holidays, the resort offers several other sporty activities, including tennis, fitness centre and spa as well as a Village Square for relaxing after a good day on the golf course.
Golf at Secret Valley and Tsada
The Secret Valley and Tsada Golf Clubs are also located near Paphos, and are the perfect courses to play on during your holiday if you’re staying in a private villa in the area. Though neither course has a resort or hotel on the premises, both are 18-hole championship facilities that offer training and practice holes as well as more challenging back nines for professionals or avid golfers. Many serious golfers who play golf in Cyprus choose to play at all three courses and can enjoy great views of the Mediterranean from wherever they tee off.
With hundreds of miles of coastline, Cyprus is also a great destination for those interested in water sports. Ideal for people who wish to take a break from golf or anyone who enjoys exciting activities, many of the beaches provide training in several water sports, including windsurfing, kayaking, jet-skiing and more. Visitors can also go tubing, parasailing or take afternoon dining cruises on the sea. The seas around Cyprus are renowned worldwide for diving. If the mountains are more your thing, visitors can hike, climb or even hang glide from the beautiful mountains on the islands.
Tourists can also enjoy many spectator sports in the heart of Paphos, where basketball, baseball, rugby and football leagues play frequently. For those staying in the country longer than just a few weeks, many active classes are available if you’re interested in learning martial arts, gymnastics, diving or tennis. There’s also quite a bit of activity for fishers in the harbour, where ships take tourists deep sea and salt water fishing.
Cyprus is recognised as one of the best places in the world to go diving.
To catch a glimpse of the Mediterranean’s underwater life, take advantage of the snorkelling or scuba diving programs offered at many of the island's beaches. The clear waters of the Mediterranean allow for great visibility and the professionals on the island will take time to teach each participant how to snorkel or scuba safely.
To get an even more up close and personal view of sea life, take advantage of one of the many ‘swim with the dolphin’ programs on the island.
Whether you’re planning one of several sports pursuits or a family trip, there are several activities in Cyprus to keep you occupied and active during your holiday. From seeing live sporting events, hiking in the mountains, deep sea fishing and taking a martial arts class to parasailing, jet skiing, swimming with the dolphins and learning to scuba dive, there’s never a dull moment in Cyprus. Take advantage of all the island has to offer and make sure you plan enough time to do so!