Golf in Cyprus
Cyprus really is a hidden gem in terms of golf but it really shouldn’t be. With all year round sun, magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea from all the popular resorts and its golden sandy beaches Cyprus should be a haven for golf goers wanting a nice relaxing break as well as the chance to play on some great courses.
Cyprus certainly is the newest and most exciting golfing destination to emerge recently and the good thing is that you are not spoiled for choice with only seven golf courses and resorts to choose from and three more under construction all in and around the most popular tourist areas you can really pick which one is best for you.
The Cypriot government has also introduced a strategy to enhance the image of the country, which allows for 14 golf courses to be developed on the entire island which has interested the likes of Nick Faldo, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus to design courses there.
The stunning Aphrodite Hills resort is a prestigious five-star sports and leisure resort in the Eastern Mediterranean. Situated in an area steeped in Cypriot culture, it is conveniently located just 15 minutes away from Paphos International Airport.
The award winning resort will provide you with 5* accommodation, and 18-hole championship golf course with its own golf academy, exclusive private beach, nature and bike trails and a variety of bars and restaurants offering a wide selection of international cuisine.
The first resort of its kind ever in Cyprus, you will be taken aback by the stunning views you get of the Mediterranean as you plot your way around the 6,889 yards of perfection that you won’t want to end.
As mentioned earlier Sir Nick Faldo and Faldo Design recently opened the Elea Golf Club in Paphos offering world-class golf in a stunning setting.
The challenging Par 71 course incorporates numerous natural features and again boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean which you will find is an important feature of pretty much all of the islands courses.
The other most notable course is one of the oldest one on the Island but still has the quality to rival its newer competitors.
The Secret Valley Golf Club is probably the most prestigious golf course in Cyprus, located in the famous area of Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite, 18km east of Paphos and 49km west of Limassol.
So when you’re thinking of your golfing getaway think of Cyprus.
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Located on the Southwest coast of the island which is basked in sunshine all year round and a perfect holiday resort for your golfing break. Take it the spectacular harbour which is surrounded by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea and then you can take in some of the local cultures such as the medieval fort and many archaeological sites.
You can literally choose whatever range of accommodation you want in Paphos, which hosts a wide variety of options from luxury five star beach hotels to basic family run establishments that will cater for your every need.
As you can imagine Paphos is full of history and with this comes some amazing sites to see and explore. Being the birth place of the Goddess Aphrodite there are some must see sites that are dedicated to Aphrodite including Aphrodite's Rock, the Adonis Baths , Akamas Peninsula and the remains of a temple of worship.
Paphos is also home to some amazing churches and monasteries including the Panagia Tou Sinti Monastery, Panayia Theoskepasti Church, Panayia Chrysopolitissa Church, and the Ayia Solomoni Church.
Paphos is probably most famous for its mosaics and at the House of Dionysus you can see some of these. They include Dionysus offering grapes to King Ikarios, Zeus abducting Ganymede and Orpheus playing his lire. A second place to see mosaics is the House of Aion where mosaics show the birth of Dionysus dating back to the 5th century. The House of Theseus shows us of the wealth of the Romans who occupied Cyprus at the time. Here you will find renderings showing Theseus's fight with the Minotaur in the Labyrinth. All the mosaics that have been found in Paphos are said to be the finest mosaics that have been discovered.
A visit to the Tombs of the Kings is something that should not be missed. These tombs were started in the 3rd century BC and here you can also see the remains of the seven aisled basilica Chrysopolitissa which is said to have been built by St. Paul.
Plenty on offer for you as you could imagine from a tourist resort. Take a seat by the sea or in one of the local taverns to taste the local delicacies.
Meze is short for mezedhes, or little delicacies, and wherever you travel around the Mediterranean they appear in some form or another. Share a meze in Cyprus and you have tasted the true flavours of the island, for you may be served anything up to 30 dishes.
Paphos International Airport is located 8 km (5 miles) from the city of Paphos, Cyprus. It is the country's second largest airport. You can fly from any of the popular U.K airports.
The city is located on the southern coast of Cyprus. It has a population of around 75,000 (2001) and it is the third largest city of Cyprus in terms of population.
The 'Phinikoudes' is Larnaca's main tourist attraction. This is a strip of cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants on the beach front which particularly gets crowded during the summer months.
Larnaca is famous for its beautiful sea front. The city has an efficient tourist infrastructure, so enjoy the clean sandy beaches with clear blue waters and make this a holiday to remember.
Much like its popular neighbour Larnaca has accommodation to suite everyone’s needs.
From dive centres to more historical sites you can find things to entertain you if you make Larnaca your stay for golf in Cyprus.
Alpha Divers Dive Centre
Alpha Divers is a scuba diving institute that specialises in scuba diving, snorkelling and water sports. For those that are not enthusiasiastic divers the centre also offers water sport activities like parasailing, waverunners, kayaking, paddleboats and aqua cycles, which can be enjoyed by the whole family. The centre is located near the famous 'Zenobia Ferry Wreck'.
The Ancient Kition is located in the north west of Larnaca and features some temples that date back to 13th century B.C. The ones that are worth visiting are the Phoenician Temple of Astarte and the city walls. The ruins of the temple were built on an earlier Bronze Age temple and are dedicated to goddess Astarte. One can also find some remains of tombs made from gold, ivory and bronze.
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
This famous site of Larnaca highlights one of the most famous Neolithic settlements dating from 7000 B.C. Located on the main Larnaka-Lemesos road; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1998. This site is known to be one of the best-preserved pre-historic sites of the eastern Mediterranean. Farmers here grew barley and wheat. One can view these farmer's houses, tombs and defence walls. The artifacts and remains found here are displayed at the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.
One of the main attractions of Larnaca, is the Salt Lake and it is home to nearly 80 species of migratory birds like flamingos. About 10,000 flamingos visit the lake every year around Jan-Feb. In July-Aug, the lake dries up leaving a thick crust of salt measuring up to 10cm deep. In the middle Ages the lake was used to mine salt for commercial purposes, but now it is just a tourist attraction. Situated nearby the Salt Lake is the holy site of tomb of Umm Haram (Hala Sultan Tekke).
Larnaca’s 200 berth yachting marina is one of its main attractions. The harbour is lined with lovely palm trees and from here you can view all the yachts and boats that are sailing in the sea. There are lots of taverna’s and cafes at the harbour for a glass of wine or a sip of your favourite coffee.
Again from being one of the main tourist resorts on the Island you will not be short on options form eating.
Whether you fancy a lunch time stroll down the Marina or candlelit meals under the stars you can find it in Larnaca.
Larnaca holds a major international airport and the island's second most important commercial port.
Flights from the UK can be found at all major airports.
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