ATHLETIC TOURISM IN CYPRUS
Cyprus is famous for many things; its nature, unique climatic conditions, history, archaeological activities and shopping. Another important point about Cyprus is the athletic tourism it offers. Many sports and games are played in Cyprus because of its strategic location and ideal climate.
With its dry and not so cold climate in winter, Pafos proves to be the ideal place for many football teams to practice. Football teams turn to Cyprus during winter for their training needs with its excellent facilities. There are restaurants, cheap transportation, conference facilities and laundry provided for the training teams.
Squash is another game that is played in Cyprus. The Cyprus Squash Rackets Association was started in 1983 as a member of the International and European Squash Federations. You can find squash courts in most of the good hotels of Cyprus.
Golf is another game played in Cyprus in the three top class golf clubs found in the pafos region. There is the Tsada golf course found fifteen minutes from Pafos town with an 18 hole golf course. It was founded in 1994, and is set in a gentle valley. The Secret Valley Golf Club is another 18 hole golf club found tucked in the valley east of pafos.
Cyprus is one of the best places on earth to head for a great bout of mountain biking. The excellent weather conditions of Cyprus and the different tracks on the island make it possible to enjoy cycle sports throughout the year. However, though the traffic regulations here correspond to those in Europe, the traffic in Cyprus moves on the left side, and not on the right. It is better to avoid cycling in the late afternoons, and to use sunglasses and sunhats at all times of the day when cycling.
Tennis is another sport that is enjoyed by both Cypriots and tourists of Cyprus. You find municipal tennis courts and private courts of either hard or artificial grass. With its cool westerly breeze, and floodlighting, tennis can be played all year round in Cyprus. You find many tournaments and competitions in tennis in Cyprus through the year.
Bowling lovers will love Cyprus too, with its various bowling greens, and bowling club. There is an all weather flat bowling green with two rinks that can be easily converted to international size. You also find master score boards and equipment for hire for your bowling needs.
Cyprus is an island blessed with a beautiful climate for enjoying sea sports. You can find many sea sports in hotel resorts that include water-skiing, sailing, canoeing, wind surfing, yachting, pedaling, jet skiing, etc.
Fishing is another sport in Cyprus that is, and has been an exciting sport to participate in. You can enjoy fishing at dams and natural surroundings. Both Cypriots and visitors alike enjoy fishing in Cyprus. The dams of Cyprus are rich, with numerous varieties of fish available. However, if you intend to fish, you have to get a license which is available for a fee from the Fisheries Department of Cyprus. It is also possible to try out fishing at the beautiful beaches of Cyprus; there is no requirement for a license when rod fishing in salt water.
If you are diver, Cyprus is a place that has to be visited for diving. The many submarine cliffs and valleys are great places to go diving. Divers get a view of sea anemones, coral colonies, sponges and fish and sea shells that are found in exotic colors. There are many diving centers with diving services to enjoy the beauty of the big blue sea of Cyprus. If required, there are also diving schools in Cyprus with qualified instructors to teach those needing diving training. Mind you, there are no underwater currents in any of the recommended diving areas of Cyprus; so you can enjoy yourself diving!