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Explore the island’s stunning countryside on two wheels all year round. Mountain Bike Cyprus offer tours, bike hire (road & mountain), route information and support. Call Al & Kirsty on: 26 432 033. View some suggested cycle routes on our Blog.
Great terrain and coastal paths make Cyprus perfect for running. There are some fantastic running events, including marathons, scheduled throughout the year (see our events calendar below) that are growing in popularity every year, and are very well organised. Aphrodite Hills Resort itself has some fab running routes, so if you are holidaying here then they are just on your doorstep.
A variety of walks are on offer on the island: gorges, peninsulas, mountainous and coastal, all with stunning views. Click to jump to our Walking Section, or view our Blog for some suggested routes.
Dive sites in Cyprus include an abundance of marine life, wrecks, islands and one of the best dive wrecks in the world – the Zenobia. Check out our interview with Steve for more information on diving in Cyprus.
Warm seas, calm mornings/windier afternoons make Cyprus perfect for watersports. Kite-surfing, wind surfing, sailing, water-skiing, jet skiing and more are available throughout the island April – November. Our recommended watersports company are Latchi Watersports who are situated in the beautiful coastal town of Latchi, next to the stunning Akamas peninsula – hire a boat with them for one of the nicest day trip experiences on the island:
We caught up with Scott Wakefield, our beloved Senior Tennis Coach at the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy – join Scott and his team if tennis is, or could be, your passion.
Tell us, when did you fall in love with tennis & what is your biggest tennis achievement?
I was 5… I was entered into a short tennis county event and somehow won it. I represented Hertfordshire as their number 1 player as a junior, went on to represent the county as a senior (and won titles as both) and I have competed in tournaments throughout Europe too.
What makes the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy on Aphrodite Hills stand out?
Its 5* facilities (which the team work hard to maintain), the clay courts are top class & the fact that it is big enough to hold up to 36 players per hour, but small enough to keep the personalised feel of a member’s club and pay & play facility for non-members and holiday makers.
You live on the resort, what is your favourite facility other than the tennis academy?
After work socialising: Anoi & the Beer Garden. The massages at the spa are a life saver after I’ve been on court for up to 10hrs a day. The golf course is an amazing course to play on my day off as well, it’s a shame my golf doesn’t do the course justice!
Do you enjoy any sports other than tennis?
I play football in Paphos every Thursday with the resort staff.
What is the most rewarding aspect of coaching for you?
Seeing your players develop their skill set, from beginners through to advanced players. Tennis is a game for life. Meeting new players from various walks of life is an interesting part of my job and many clients also become great friends.
Can you share your favourite coaching tip that you say to students with us?
Spin is control! Make them play!
You have created a very welcoming & social environment at the tennis academy, what’s your secret?
My motto at the academy is: there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t met yet.
Which 4 players would you choose for a tennis ‘field of dreams’?
Bjorn Borg (my all time tennis idol) & Elvis vs Rafael Nadal & Muhammad Ali – what a match! My umpire would have to be Oliver Reed, I would love to have met him. Can I also go out for post-match drinks with them all?
Other than Cyprus, where has been your favourite place to live and why?
Mallorca has been a second home to me for years. My brother, also a tennis pro, has been teaching on the island for 12 years – hence we love Rafa! The weather is great there too (Cyprus weather still tops Mallorca though!).
Tel: 26 82 8122
We caught up with Steve Ford (known affectionately to us as ‘Scuba Steve’), our favourite diving instructor on the island – we personally dive with him, and he is the most qualified in the region:
So Steve, what first attracted you to Cyprus?
Having holidayed here for years we fell in love with it – the people, the food, the weather and the diving (I did my very first dive here 20 years ago). My partner Mary & I moved here in 2007 and we haven’t looked back since.
What is it that made you fall in love with Scuba diving?
Going scuba diving is like visiting another planet, you are weightless underwater and surrounded by a wonderful world that not many people see. Underwater is a beautiful place to be and so relaxing.
What’s your history as a diving instructor?
I originally qualified in the UK over 12 years ago and began teaching in quarries and on the South Coast. I’m now a PADI Master Instructor, a TDI & PADI technical instructor and a speciality instructor. I have done more than 4,000 dives to date (nowadays about 350 a year) in many countries including UK, Cyprus, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, Greek Islands, Mexico, Egypt and Tenerife.
What buzz do you get out of diving?
Watching other people’s reactions to their first diving experience is always a great buzz, and you just can’t beat unexpected marine life surprises – like coming across big shoals of fish when you’re not expecting them!
Why is Cyprus a great place to dive?
The warm, clear, safe waters of Cyprus are perfect for divers of all levels and for dive training. It has a fantastic diving environment for beginner levels up to intermediate and very experienced divers. We do 100’s of entry level and above courses here and we have excellent wreck diving, walls, reefs, caves, pinnacles, islands and marine life that will satisfy the needs of all experience levels.
Can families try diving together?
Absolutely! Kids can start from 8 and we always ensure that it’s a max. ratio of 2:1 learners/instructors. It’s a great experience for parents and kids to share, something that can become a family hobby. For anyone that doesn’t fancy diving in the group then they’re more than welcome to join us while the others are diving. They can enjoy the beach or the boat and get to experience the sights of Cyprus and even stop for lunch too!
We have to mention the Zenobia – why is this wreck classed as one of the best diving sites in the world?
The sheer size of the wreck (172m long), the protected marine reserve (the abundance of sea life is some of the best in the world), the cargo; 105 lorries and trailers and their contents, its depth ranges from 16m down to 42m. You have to see it to believe it…
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We caught up with Lee Walkley, our friendly DreamTeam Soccer Director of Coaching, who told us why football training is a fun and engaging activity for kids:
Tell us, what inspired the Dream Team Soccer School?
The idea of pupils having the opportunity to be trained by highly qualified football coaches inspired us really. My coaching ethos is FUN in football, the sessions are for boys & girls of all ages and abilities, and are designed to learn new skills in a FUN way.
Why Aphrodite Hills?
It’s a stunning resort and everyone is so friendly. The Resort have been really supportive and are keen to provide us with the best facilities – we have a new 3G football pitch for this season and have more in the pipeline. It’s also the only Resort in Cyprus to run a Soccer School all year round.
What makes the Dream Team Soccer School so enjoyable for children?
We are all about FUN in Football – we have a great coaching team who love coaching and our goal is for every child taking part to come away happy, having made loads of new friends, learnt loads of new skills and looking forward to their next session.
What do you find the most rewarding part of being a coach?
Everything…just seeing everyone having a great time!
Getting personal – who is your all time football hero and why?
Steven Gerrard, he always makes the difference on the football pitch and he always gives his all. He is a perfect professional footballer.
Have you had any famous footballers visit the soccer school?
We have quite a few professional footballers holidaying at the Resort and their children love taking part in the football. The footballers sometimes ask to join in and have a kick-about with the kids – it’s great to see the children playing football with their idols.
What life lessons do you think kids can take away from football coaching?
Fair play, making new friends, always try your hardest but have loads of FUN.
Where is your favourite place to go in Cyprus off the Resort?
We love living here on the Resort – there’s a great atmosphere, everyone is so positive, and it’s stunning…off the Resort? For us it’s the Famagusta area. My wife and I have family living there, & we love Nissi Beach.
Finishing off with the biggy – what is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To treat others how you want to be treated and to make time for friends and family – it’s so important.
Cyprus is an emerging golf destination – a place to enjoy the game all year round in the perfect Mediterranean climate. There are currently four 18 hole courses to choose from on the island:
Elea Estate Golf Club:
Located between Paphos International Airport and Paphos town, the newest Golf course in Cyprus is impressive. The challenging course, designed by the legendary Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates numerous natural features and boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean. It plays to a par 71 and measures 6775 metres. The Clubhouse is well worth a visit for lunch, open to non-golfers. Regular social events take place at The Clubhouse – check website for details.
8509 Discount: 10% off the public 18 hole green fee rate
Aphrodite Hills Golf Club:
Tel: 26 828 203
Aphrodite Hills is the best course on the island. It occupies two plateaux, carved out of a forest of carob and olive trees, with most holes having a view to the sea. The natural topography is gentle, but there is enough movement to give each hole a distinct personality. The perfect resort course, this means that it requires thought and a sensible approach but is not over penal. 18 holes, Par 71/70, 6299 metres.
Secret Valley Golf Club:
Tel: 26 27 4000
Located just down the road from Aphrodite Hills towards Paphos, Secret Valley was the second course on the island to be established, however it was recently renovated in 2012/13 and was re-opened, vastly improved, as a Tony Jacklin signature course in Sept 2013. The course plays beautifully and is hidden in a scenic valley surrounded by natural Cypriot flora, yet still offering sea views: and the lake between holes 11 & 12 is a feature in itself. Playing to par 71, at a length of 5252 metres, it is one of the most challenging courses on the island so caution is recommended, don’t try to drive too long or you might regret it!
Minthis Hills Golf Club:
Tel: 26 642 774/5
Founded in 1994 on the hills of Tsada, the Donald Steel course was renovated in 2006/7 by Mackenzie & Ebert which improved it greatly. It plays to a par 71, measures 5828 meters and is a fun course for all standards of player, with great variety between holes. Uphill holes, tree-lined fairways and the new 13th green surrounded by water provide a challenging round, set in a tranquil and picturesque hilltop location. The setting and Clubhouse are equally stunning and make for a beautiful day’s golf, highly recommended and well worth a visit.
Steve Ford, owner of Cyprus Diving Adventures, shares his favourite scuba diving facts about Cyprus for our 2017 edition of the 8509 magazine. We bet some will be a real surprise!…
The coastline of Cyprus has been awarded more blue flag awards for the cleanliness of its sea and beaches per capita and coastline than anywhere else in the world.
On average there are over 800 turtle nests on Cyprus beaches every year, with many more individual turtles visiting our waters every summer. Loggerhead turtles outnumber green turtles by four to one.
To date there are over 250 fish species in Cypriot waters, which is home to the greatest diversity of marine life in the Mediterranean.
The sea off Pissouri Bay is home to the largest reef in Cyprus, with the deepest known and largest cave for divers.
There are over 80 dive sites in Cyprus, from Paphos in the west to Cape Greko in the east.
Cyprus is home to the ‘Titanic of the Mediterranean’ – the Zenobia wreck.
Apart from the Zenobia there are a further 12 wrecks around Cyprus for divers to explore.
Marine reserves on dive sites include St George’s Island, the 2 Limassol wrecks area and the Zenobia wreck.
Underwater visibility is typically 20 to 40 metres and the sea never gets lower than 17degreesC in the winter. Summer water temperatures can reach 30 degreesC.
There are 5 protected marine areas in coastal waters and a further number of reef marine reserves. These are in open water, or supported by artificial reefs.
Experience the magic of scuba diving in Cyprus with Cyprus Diving Adventures and enjoy special 8509 discounted prices and free pick up & drop off.
The golf course at Elea has been created to challenge golfers of every level. The par 71, 18-hole course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, incorporates natural features to evoke a truly Mediterranean feel. Elea Estate Golf Club with its beautiful greens, manicured fairways and strategic bunkers is set to be not only the best golf course in Cyprus, but is already winning accolades as one of the leading golf destinations in Europe and beyond.
The 9th hole at Elea provides the classic risk and reward hole! A good tee shot leaves you the option to play more aggressive with your second shot and have a chance for a birdie or par. A tee shot out of position however will require a testing lay up between a well placed bunker and the water hazard. Many cards have been broken on this inviting par 5.
The Elea clubhouse offers stunning views of the Mediterranean, a
welcoming atmosphere and fine dining food. It is the perfect way to relax and enjoy your day in Cyprus.
Elea Golf Club, 2010:
Sir Nick Faldo, the course designer, opened Elea Golf Club on 18th October 2010 – the course is known as his ‘Mediterranean Masterpiece’. The course was subsequently ranked as one of the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses of 2010’ by one of the world’s biggest selling golf journals Golf Magazine in the USA. Faldo commented on Elea Golf Club ‘When we designed the golf course we decided to put the emphasis on thoughtful, rather than big hitting, golf and there are plenty of strategic riddles for the golfer to explore and unravel over all 18 holes’.
Visit Elea Estate to see what the hype is about – whether you play the course, make use of the practice facilities or dine in the Clubhouse, we are sure it will be one of your holiday highlights.
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