Cyprus has one of the warmest climates and winters across Europe, with average year-round temperatures of 24˚C, alongside 326 days of sunshine per year.
That means it regularly ranks highly amongst the top holiday destinations in the world whilst its golf appeal continues to grow.
It boasts four world-class golf facilities, Aphrodite Hills Golf PGA National Cyprus, Eléa, Minthis and Secret Valley, all within a 20-minute drive from the popular resort city of Paphos.
Although golf may be one of the newer reasons to visit the idyllic Mediterranean island, tourists have been visiting the country for decades, largely thanks to it owning some of the cleanest and most popular beaches in Europe. Many of the golden beaches across the island are coveted by ‘Blue Flag’ status as well as, of course, the weather.
Petra tou Romiou is the country’s most famous and most visited beach. Local legend states that it was there that Aphrodite – the Goddess of Love – was born and its mythological background makes it a popular spot for couples.
Blessed with the beauty of nature’s best palette, the scenery of Cyprus is nothing short of outstanding. Up in the Troodos Mountains, referred to as the ‘green heart of Cyprus’, an array of hiking trails, biking sites and camping facilities can be found among quaint villages, while in the foothills on the way down towards sea level, visitors can enjoy wine-tasting in the numerous vineyards dotted across the island.
As well as the island itself being incredibly resplendent, the Mediterranean Sea offers the perfect setting for sailing and yachting all year round thanks to favourable temperatures and calm waters. There is also the opportunity for visitors to go beneath the water, with Cyprus being a lively diving paradise due to a range of wrecks, underwater caves and tunnels to explore.
Once tired from the host of activities on offer, the island is home to many luxury spas, where comfort and nature intertwine with health, offering the perfect place to relax. Pampering, holistic therapies, beauty treatments and a general sense of wellbeing are all invoked, along with the feeling of escaping and focusing solely on yourself, without the stresses or distractions of daily life.
Cyprus has a long history and rich culture that spans more than 11,000 years, making it one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, evidenced by the many fascinating cultural sights, museums and galleries.
To complement the countless attractions is the cuisine. The ritual of sharing good, fresh, local produce is an important part of the island’s culture. From hearty meat dishes and speciality cheeses, to unique desserts of carob and grape, it offers an exotic blend of Greek and Middle Eastern cultures.
In 2018, 3.9 million foreign tourists visited Cyprus, with more than a third of those coming from the UK. That number is set to increase over the coming years as the attractive winter golf paradise island continues to establish itself as a haven for golfers across the globe.
Getting there is easy, too. Cyprus has two international airports – Larnaca and Paphos – with flights direct from Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Paphos through airlines such as easyJet, Jet2 and TUI.
Planning a golf break?
If so, make sure you check out the 2020 Travel Guide from bunkered. Available to read online, it is a 48-page digital lowdown on the best holiday golf destinations on the planet.