Aeronautics
Aquatics
Archery
Athletics
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Cycling
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Green Bowling
Gymnastics
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Karate
Modern Pentathlon
Motor Sports
Orienteering
Sailing
Scuba Diving
Shooting
Softball
Squash
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Triathlon
Volleyball
Water-skiing
Weight lifting
Wrestling




 


Sports in Cyprus

Cyprus’ excellent climate all the year round means that sports are a way of life for many of its inhabitants.

The following is a general overview of the array of sports activities available. The information does not purport to be a comprehensive list of all that is on offer, but a brief guideline and an easy reference tool of sports and facilities.

If you are interested in a sport that is not included here, please make inquiries, as we will most probably be able to make arrangements for you.
 

Aeronautics (contact us)

Hang gliding and paragliding can be enjoyed all over the island. A favorite spot is near the archaeological side at Curium on the outskirts of Lemesos (Limassol), where the steady see breeze creates an updraft when it hits the white chalk cliffs.

Conditions are particularly favorable in the spring and autumn.

Related Links: Fly Cyprus, Paragliding & Hang Gliding in Cyprus, Pictures over Curium


As the owner of FlyCyprus.com says, "...fortunately in my country [Cyprus] there are more than 300 flying days a year and the nearest hill is just 20 minutes away from home."

Aquatics  (contact us)

Aquatics comprise four Olympic disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.

There are swimming pools in all the main towns. The Lefkosia (Nicosia) Olympic Swimming Pool Complex and the Lemesos (Limassol) Olympic Swimming Pool are relatively new. Elsewhere there are smaller pools. The Lefkosia (Nicosia) pool also has diving boards and underwater viewing and filming windows.

Lefkosia Olympic Swimming Pool Complex
Lemesos Olympic Swimming Pool
Larnaca Nautical Club
Pafos Swimming Pool

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Archery  (contact us)

A brand new archery field has just been completed in Lefkosia. It is floodlit and has all facilities. Elsewhere archery fields can be set up as per request.

 

 

Athletics  (contact us)

Track and field stadia are found in every main town. The new G.S.P in Lefkosia (Nicosia) has recently been completed. In general such stadia are modern, Olympic-sized, with tartan surfaces and full equipped.

Makarios Athletics Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
New G.S.P., Lefkosia(Nicosia)
Tsirio Stadium, Lemesos (Limassol)
New Stadium G.S.Z, Larnaka
Paralimni Muncipal Stadium, Paralimni
Paphiako Athletic Centre, Pafos

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Olympic Gold Medalist Konstantinos Kenteris has the following to say about training in Cyprus:

"... the conditions are ideal; the facilities, the weather, the people... I would highly recommend Cyprus to my collegues as a pre-games training destination. Once you go there, you will do it annually..."

Badminton  (contact us)

There are excellent facilities for badminton in all towns but the best are in Lefkosia (Nicosia). The courts are new and up to the specifications designated by the International Badminton Federation.

The level of play of Cypriots players is of a high standard. At recent world champion ships, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Cyprus finished in 43rd position out of about 140 competing nations.

Cypriot players would welcome the opportunity to act as sparring partners to visiting badminton enthusiasts.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)

Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)

 



Baseball  (contact us)

A purpose-built baseball field is currently under construction.

In the meantime arrangements can be made to set one up for training and competition in other suitable grounds.

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Basketball  (contact us)

Basketball is the second most popular sport amongst Cypriots, after football, with children shooting hoops in their back garden.

The standard of basketball is very high on the island, with successes to show in competitions on an international level.

Indoor courts are available in all the main towns with all necessary facilities and support services. In addition outdoor all weather courts are also available.

Currently a basketball camp is held in July in the mountain village of Agros. It follows a specialized program in which top class European and Greek basketball players have attended or given instruction.

In the picture to the left is the Rodon Hotel in Agros Village. Spacious leisure areas abound in the hotel, such as coffee lounges, restaurant, piano-bar and games room and a great number of facilities are available, such as lecture and conference halls, gym, two saunas (men's and women's), swimming pools, kindergarten, tennis, basketball, volleyball and handball courts.

Some Facilities for Basketball:
Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Olympia Indoor Hall, Lemesos (Limassol)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka
Aphrodite Indoor Hall, Pafos


Kiniras (Pafos)

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Boxing  (contact us)

Boxing rings are available only in Lefkosia (Nicosia) and Lemesos (Limassol) at present- at the Makarios Athletic Centre (Olympic sized) and in a couple of private clubs.

Makarios Athletic Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
 

 


Cycling  (contact us)

Cyprus’ roads lend themselves perfectly to the sport. They range from flat asphalted country roads to steep mountains trails along peaceful, unfrequented and scenic routes. In fact it has been said that the island is like one huge mountain bike arena. 

One of the island’s chief advantages for cycling enthusiasts is that short distances mean that the terrain changes rapidly. Within the space of 10 km you can go from rocky to clay, to steep to flat enabling you to experience all surfaces within a short period of time. The warm winter weather is another attraction and unlike other European or Mediterranean countries strong headwinds are rare.

There are no legal barriers to cycling anywhere on the island except of course on motorways.

Local and international competitions for road racing and mountain biking are held from February onwards. The 3-day Afxentia race is listed in the international cycling calendar in which world ranked cyclists take part.

Private:
Aliathon (Pafos)

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Cyprus is probably one of the most ideal training places for cycling pros and amateurs alike.

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Equestrian  (contact us)

Horse riding can be enjoyed at various horse riding centers around the island, all set in beautiful surroundings.

The centers have professional training facilities and instructors who provide lessons for beginners and advanced riders.

Elias Country Club, Lemesos (Limassol)
Lapatsa Club, Lefkosia (Nicosia)

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Football  (contact us)

The world’s most popular sport is also very popular in Cyprus as evidenced by the large number of football pitches all over the island.

Cypriot clubs take part in European championships while some of our footballers have been bought by large Greek clubs such as Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.

All first and second division pitches are grass and include facilities and floodlighting. Purpose-built pitches for training can also be found throughout the island.

Quite a few north European football teams choose to come to Cyprus to train during the winter months and are a common sight exercising on the sandy beaches of the island’s eastern resorts.

State/Public:
Makarios Athletic Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
New G.S.P , Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tsirio Stadium, Lemesos(Limassol)
New Stadium, G.S.Z, Larnaka
Paralimni Municipal Stadium, Paralimni
Paphiako Athletic Centre, Pafos


Private:
Aliathon (Pafos)
Kiniras (Pafos)

Related Links: Pictures and Statistics about Cyprus Football Stadiums by WorldStadiums.com,

 

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Golf (contact us)

There are three excellent golf courses in Cyprus, in the Pafos region. We can organize your golf trip to any of these. Contact us or click on the links below for more info...

The Tsada Golf Club, the first grass course to be built in the island, was completed in 1994. Located about 550 metres above sea level in the hills above Pafos, it benefits from cool breezes in the summer. It is an 18-hole course, par 72, all greens and covers 6060 metres.

The Secret Valley Golf Club located 18 km east of Pafos near Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou) is an 18-hole course, play to a Par 72 and is 6120 metres long.

Other golf courses are planned in the near future.

1. Tsada Golf Club, Pafos

2. Secret Valley Golf Club, Pafos

3. Aphrodite Hills Golf Club

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Green Bowling (contact us)

 Aliathon (Pafos)
 

Gymnastics  (contact us)

Indoor halls with equipment for both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are available in every main town as well as at various clubs. 

Cyprus has world-class gymnasts in both disciplines. Our athletes won 7th place in the European Gymnastics Championships (MAG) IN 2000 and 8th in the World Championships in 2001.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Olympia Indoor Hall, Lemesos (Limassol)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka

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Handball   (contact us)

Indoor halls for handball are available in all major towns.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Lefkotheo Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Olympia Indoor Hall, Lemesos (Limassol)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka
Aphrodite Indoor Hall, Pafos

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Hockey (contact us)

There is one artificial grass hockey field in Lefkosia (Nicosia)
 


 

Judo (contact us)

Cyprus has a reasonably high standard in judo with all the necessary coaches, equipment and facilities.

In 2000 the island hosted the European Judo Championships (Under 20)

Indoor halls are available in all towns with facilities and equipment.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tsirio Stadium, Lemesos (Limassol)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka
Aphrodite Indoor Hall, Pafos

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Karate (contact us)

Indoor halls are available in all towns with facilities and equipment.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tsirio Stadium, Lemesos (Limassol)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka

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Modern Pentathlon (contact us)

Special arrangements can be made upon request.

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Motor sports   (contact us)

The 30th Cyprus Rally, round five of the FIA World Rally Championship usually takes place in the spring and thousands of fans combine watching the event with taking a spring sunshine holiday.

The rally route is run on gravel roads in the Troodos Mountains, the Pafos forest and the eastern foothills, and is easily accessible from all towns.

Motor sport fans also have an opportunity to watch various rounds of the Cyprus Automobile National Rally and Speed Championships.

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Orienteering  (contact us)

This is a relatively new sport for Cyprus but promises to becoming very popular as it is a pleasant all year round activity for the whole family amidst the island’s beautiful natural environment.

The first foot orienteering competitions have taken place with Cyprus competing against neighboring Israel and Greece.

Sites chosen so far have been the Athalassa, Kornos, Cape Greco and Troodos forests.

Related links: Click here to see Cyprus Nature Trails

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Sailing (contact us)

Steady prevailing westerly winds make the island an ideal centre for sailing. The best facilities are at Cyprus Yachting Centre in Lemesos (Limassol). Classified by the International Sailing Fedration as the best installation in the Middle East, it has all the necessary equipment to accommodate all Olympic classes as well as windsurfing. Situated right on the seafront is has boat shade and storage facilities, gym facilities, restaurants and a slipway.

Greece’s Olympic gold medalist chooses to come here to do his pre-Olympics training every two weeks. Each year the Centre hosts an International Easter Regatta.

There are yachting marinas in Larnaka, Lemesos (Limassol) and Pafos, while several more are planned.

Lemesos (Limassol) Nautical Club
Larnaka Nautical Club

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Scuba Diving  (contact us)

With water temperature ranging from 25 C in the summer months to 15 C in the winter, no tides or dangerous currents and waters that are crystal clear. Cyprus is an ideal place for discovering the magic of the underwater world.

Various diving centres are all coastal resorts provide instruction for beginners as well as advanced divers. All offer PADI and some BSAC.

The most outstanding diving site is considered to be the wreck of the Zenobia, a huge Swedish ferry loaded with trucks and trailers, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1980 off the coast of Larnaka. The 197 metre long wreck that lies at a depth of about 42 metres is classified as one of the best wreck dives in the world. There are many other wrecks dotted around Cyprus waters within easy reach from shore.

Elsewhere there are some spectacular caves and tunnels and a wide variety of marine life, such as moray eels, bream, grouper, turtles, soldier fish, fan worms and Spiro graphs.

There are two decompression chambers on the island, one at the British forces hospital in Akrotiri, and the other at Larnaka General Hospital.

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The World famous Zenobia wreck is in Cyprus

 

Sunk off Cyprus in 1980 after problems with her computer-controlled ballast system, and lying in 42m of water, the unsalvaged ferryboat Zenobia, with her complement of 108 variously-loaded articulated lorries, is the island's biggest draw for wreck divers.

Shooting (contact us)

The island is a popular destination for shooting enthusiasts from northern countries who come here to train in the winter months.

There are excellent shooting ranges in all main towns. There are facilities for skeet, trap and double trap as well as air rifle/ air pistol installations and sporting shooting facilities.

The Cyprus Grand Prix is an annual event held in March that is also on the International Shooting Federation’s calendar.

Cyprus’ shooting team is among the top teams in the world. The under 21 team has won gold medals in European Championship and World Championships.

Lefkosia (Nicosia) Olympic Shooting Range
Lemesos (Limassol)
International Shooting Range
Larnaka Shooting Range
Famagusta
Shooting Range
Pafos
Shooting Range

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Softball (contact us)

A purpose-built softball field is currently under construction. In the meantime arrangements can be made to set one up for training and competition in other suitable grounds.

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Squash (contact us)

Squash courts are available at Lapatsa Sports Centre and at Eleftheria Sports Centre both in Lefkosia (Nicosia) as well as in most five star hotels.

Lapatsa Sports Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)

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Table tennis (contact us)

Facilities are available in most main towns primarily Lefkosia (Nicosia) and Lemesos (Limassol).

Arrangements can be made to set up practice partners from the Cyprus Table tEnnis Federation who would welcome the opportunity to play with visiting table tennis enthusiasts of a certain standard.

Local amateur tournaments are held from October to June. The Cyprus International Table Tennis Tournament is held annually in the week after the Greek Orthodox Easter.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Tsirio Stadium, Lemesos (Limassol)

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Taekwondo (contact us)

Cyprus has a reasonably high standard in taekwondo with all the necessary coaches, equipment and facilities.

In 1999 the island hosted the European Taekwondo Championships (Youths).

Indoor hall are available in all towns with facilities and equipment.

Makarios Athletic Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (
Nicosia)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka
Aphrodite Indoor Hall, Pafos

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Tennis (contact us)

Cyprus, with its fine weather, is an ideal place for tennis all the year round, even, in the summer thanks to cooling westerly breezes and floodlighting. It is an increasingly popular sport with a thriving local tennis circuit that has produced one player ranked in the top five juniors of the world.

The majority of courts at tennis clubs are clay, while artificial grass courts are also popular. All four and five star hotels have tennis courts, mostly hard.

International tournaments held in Cyprus on a regular basis include the Aphrodite Cup (ITF-18), ITF Men’s Future ($ 10,000) and ITF/TE Cyprus Veterans Cup.

National Tennis Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Lemesos (Limassol) Sporting Club
Famagusta Tennis Club, Lemesos (Limassol)
Larnaka Tennis Club, Larnaka
Paralimni Municipal Stadium, Paralimni
Paralimni Tennis Club, Paralimni
Pafos Tennis Club, Pafos

Kiniras (Pafos)

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Marcos Baghdatis, one of Cyprus's young tennis athletes. Sep 2002 Singles Finalist, US Open, USA, ITf Grade A
 

Triathlon (contact us)

The island’s climate is very conductive to practicing the three disciplines that make up this sport-the sea for swimming and the roads for running and cycling.

Special arrangements can be made upon request.

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Volleyball (contact us)

Many indoor facilities in all towns are available for volleyball as it is a popular sport in the island.

Beach volley, which is also gaining in popularity, is also possible in coastal resorts.

Eleftheria Indoor Hall, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Lefkotheo Indooor Hall, Lefkosia (
Nicosia)
Olympia Indoor Hall, Lemesos (Limassol)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka
Aphrodite Indoor Hall, Pafos


Kiniras (Pafos)

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Water–skiing (contact us)

Water-skiing is quite a popular sport in the island but the lack of lakes means it can only be practiced in the sea. Most beach hotels have water sport facilities that include water-skiing.

The calmest waters are generally along the eastern coast of the island around the resort town of Protaras. Elsewhere flat conditions can usually be found in early mornings or evenings.

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Weight lifting (contact us)

Facilities are available in most towns upon request.

Tsirio Stadium, Lemesos (Limassol)

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Pyrros Demas, Olympic Gold Medalist is regularly training in Cyprus

Wrestling (contact us)

The island’s compactness means you can train on a beach in the morning and an hour later is up in the mountains for anaerobic altitude training.

Training facilities can be set up all over the island, but the two main wrestling rings are in Lefkosia(Nicosia) and Lemesos (Limassol)

Makarios Athletic Centre, Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Kitio Athletic Centre, Larnaka

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