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Why Play Tennis – by Scott Wakefield

Scott Wakefield

Why play tennis? What are the benefits for your lifestyle and fitness? Scott Wakefield, the fantastic Head Coach at Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy reveals all:

 

It’s a great workout: A combination of fun, aerobic and anaerobic workout. Tennis players are nearly always moving, and the combination of short sharp sprints during rallies with constant changes in direction build muscle and stamina. Tennis promotes bone strength and density: it strengthens bones of young players and helps to prevent osteoporosis in older players. Tennis also improves your hand-eye coordination, constantly watching the ball and timing your contact points.

Tennis through the ages: Tennis is a fantastic life sport from 4 years old to, if you are lucky enough, 100 years plus! Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime, it has been proven!
Tennis is social: Tennis is a great way to meet and make new friends. It opens up a whole new social group and organised social tennis sessions are a great way to keep playing in fun and friendly matches; you don’t even need a partner. We run social tennis at Aphrodite Hills every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12pm, year round.

Mental Tennis: Tennis keeps you sharp and mentally focused. It is great for problem solving and is a game based on angle geometry and physics where strategies and tactics can win you matches. Being mentally strong fortifies your mind and helps out in all other aspects of your life.

All year round: Tennis can be played all year round, even in winter months. Cyprus receives some of the best weather in Europe so indoor courts are not necessary and there is even a shaded tennis court at the academy so that tennis can even be enjoyed during the midday sun.

Stress Buster: What better way to relieve stress than by hitting a ball as hard as you can? It feels great, and when you hit a winner it is even better!

Other benefits: Tennis helps develop a good work ethic: improvements through lessons and practice reinforces the value of hard work. Tennis helps you to learn to win graciously and lose with honour. Tennis helps you manage mistakes, learn to play within your abilities, manage and minimise your mistakes in your game and in turn, in life.

Call the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy to find out how you can get started!

Check the Tennis Academy Schedules and Rates here.

Golf – Why Choose Elea Estate?

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.

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Hole 9
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.

Tranquility
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.

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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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Diving in Cyprus – Facts at a Glance (Steve Ford)

Steve FaceSteve 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!…

Relative links:  Interview with Steve 2015 / Diving in Cyprus 2016

 

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.

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To date there are over 250 fish species in Cypriot waters, which is home to the greatest diversity of marine life in the Mediterranean.

mediterranean monk sealThe relative isolation of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean has resulted in the evolution of several endemic species such as the rare Mediterranean Monk Seal.

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.

MS Zenobia

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.

Visit Steve’s Website                                                                                                         Call Steve Now: 97 661 046

Pafos2017 and Paphos Old Town

2017 is a very special year for our charming city of Paphos – it is the year that it boasts the title as one of the two cities in Europe selected as ‘European Capital of Culture’. What exactly does this mean? It means that for the period of one calendar year, the city organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension, to highlight diversity of culture and a sense of belonging within the European community. Pafos2017 successfully kicked off the year with a wonderful opening ceremony which took place in Kennedy square (just outside the town hall) on 28th January 2017.

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“Chairman of the Organisation puts it perfectly: this title European Capital of Culture offers the city of Pafos a great opportunity to improve its economy through its publicity on an international level and its acknowledgment as a quality cultural and tourist destination, to attract new investments, create new positions of employment, develop an open dialogue with society, motivate its citizens, change its vibe and “freshen up” its ideas.”

The town itself has undergone a lot of improvements, as part of 10 major infrastructure and development projects, with a price tag of around €26.2 million. The roadworks that came in tow were begrudged by many, however they have been more than worthwhile and even the sceptics were surprised to see the completion deadlines met – and the aesthetic results are just fantastic!

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The works focused on Kennedy Square and the town’s traditional retail centre in Paphos Old Town, which have been pedestrianised and completely overhauled. There is a new plaza in front of the old police station as well as a new bus station and municipal, 200-space car park, located behind the old police station. The transformation of the Town Hall Square, Kennedy Square and the surrounding area really bring out the beauty of the existing old government buildings that are dotted around.

Since winning the bid in 2013 the city has already hosted a wide variety of cultural events and throughout this year 152 projects and more than 350 activities have been planned, with the participation of more than 1,500 artists.

Pafos2017’s motto is “Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures” and all events fall under their three main themes: Myth & Religion, World Travellers, and Stages of the Future. Open Air Factory is the main concept for the Pafos 2017 organisation, which means utilising a network of sections, units and workshops throughout the district (such as streets, school yards, archaeological sites) where people from all walks of life are invited to ‘create’, celebrating the outdoor living culture here.

Events throughout the year will include theatrical performances, dance performances, creative & group art and more – keep an eye on the official website for programme information and go along to experience some of the events for yourself: www.pafos2017.eu. We will also keep you updated on our Blog.

Paphos Old Town was already brimming with lots of trendy, arty cafes, restaurants and bars and the new upgrade to the area will only encourage more, as well as adding to the charm that it already boasts. It’s now a lovely area to wander around, to soak up the culture, enjoy a coffee whilst people watching or to dine and spend an evening. Head down there and check it out for yourself!

Paphos night

Old Town Hot Spots: our pick of the best

Dining: Koutourou Ouzeri – for fresh, homemade goodness /
To Plato Sushi & More – for fantastic sushi platters / Fettas Tavern – for mezes and live Greek music / Palia Ilektriki – for cultural dining.

Coffee shop: Vintage Art House Espresso Bar– pure retro coolness / Ananas 8 bit coffee – jazzy, arty, friendly vibes / Let Them Eat Cake – homemade delights.

Drinks: Craft – laid back, arty & eclectic / Timothy’s – rough diamond / Boulevard – where the cool kids go / Muse – classy cocktails with a view.

Music/Art: Technopolis 20 – the epitome of Pafos2017; cultural, traditional, arty & charming.

WINES IN CYPRUS – PAPHOS BY GERRY AT PAPHOS WINE TOURS, 2015

Cyprus is rich with beautiful vineyards and offers an array of wineries to visit. The Cyprus Tourist Organisation has compiled six wine routes throughout the island. This year, Gerry from Paphos Wine Tours has described the highlights of the Paphos wine region and its grape varieties. Enjoy!

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Here you are in Cyprus, one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world with a history dating back as far as 3500BC. Its ancient capital, Paphos, is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, but the town has an even tastier claim to fame, especially for wine lovers.  We start our tour on Paphos Harbour at the mosaics in the House of Dionysus, a UNESCO designated world heritage site, which celebrates this God of Wine and Protector of Vineyards, for one reason: Paphos alone sustains a staggering 43% of the island’s grapevines.

From there we go North to the village of Mesogi, where the Fikardos family have their winery which was founded in 1990 by Mr Theodoros Fikardos, renowned as one of the founding fathers of modern Cypriot wine production. The family produce wines from various grape varieties, a little information on which we’re happy to share with you:

The most important indigenous grape variety in Cyprus is Xynisteri (zini steri). Wines from this grape are recognisable for their distinctive green apple & peach aroma.

wine - xinistry grapessmallThe majority of Paphos vineyards are located at between 450 and 1200 metres where the soil is mostly limestone formations and gypsum-clay beds. The region enjoys unique weather conditions which, when combined with this soil, make it the perfect place to cultivate the Xynisteri variety – 50% of the island’s production grows in the Paphos region.

Two rarer varieties also grow at higher levels in the region, Maratheftiko and Spourtiko. The former produces a deep red, full bodied wine whose most common aromas are cherry, dark plums & wild flowers. These qualities appeal to many winemakers.  Wines from the latter are delicate, very light with an alcohol content that never exceeds 11%. Their common aromas are grapefruit, lemon zest, and white flowers. Only the Fikardos Winery and the Vouni Panayia Winery currently produce wine from this variety.  Top tipple: Spourtiko.

We then move on to the monastery of Chrysorogiatissa where the monks produce three basic wines. The monastery was founded in 1152 but the present building dates from the late 18th century.

Continuing North we turn right towards the village of Polemi to one of the largest wineries in Cyprus, Sodap Kamanterena. This co-operative, which has a large visitor centre, produces around three million bottles per year with about 100 local growers supplying their grapes. You can view the production process from the visitor centre, and enjoy the numerous wines and spirits on offer for tasting including the famous Commandaria wine. This is the oldest commercial wine in the world produced initially by the knights of St John. Top tipple: Commandaria.

Next stop is Panayia village (via the Kannaviou Dam which merits a visit for its scenery alone) to visit the Vouni Panayia winery, run by the Kyriakydes family. The wines produced here are mainly from indigenous grape varieties. In addition to the aforementioned varieties they have also reintroduced Promara (an elegant white) and Yannoudi (an oak aged red) There is an impressive new building with an abundant cellar & an educational facility. Top tipple: Barba Yiannis Maratheftiko.

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

The beautiful Kannaviou Dam

 

The penultimate winery on this tour is the Kolios Winery which lies close to Statos village. On 24 hour’s notice they will serve you a meze meal in their restaurant which is attached to a tasting area with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Top tipple: Cornetto Rose.

Heading downhill past Statos Village we approach  Amargeti Village (which has a lovely cobbled street, church & museum) where we visit the Kalamos Winery, with palatable wines that are great value for money. Top tipple: the local oak-barrel aged spirit, Zivania.

We hope you enjoy your tour around the Paphos area and enjoy the great wine and scenery on offer – get your taste buds and your cameras at the ready.

Yia mas (to your health)                                                                                                     Gerry, Paphos Wine Tours.

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Gerry (right) on a tour, at Fikardos winery

Call Gerry – 99 158 312