Getting Sporty: Your Guide to Heart Pumping Winter Adventures in Cyprus!
More into lunges than loungers? Born with an incurable case of itchy feet that are always on the move? Got more trainers and hiking boots that you can possibly cram into your cupboards? Then a sunshine-filled, action-packed, alternative winter holiday in Cyprus may be just the thing you need to get your heart racing and adrenaline levels soaring!
Kickstart the day with a deep dip into the sea under clear skies, and end it with backflips on the snowcapped mountain peaks! After all, Cyprus is the country where you can wake up in warm summery surrounds by the coast before living it up in an icy winter wonderland high on mountain peaks come afternoon. And we here at Kanika Hotels & Resorts offer you the ideal base from which to begin your fun-fueled crazy adventures!
- Hotel fun first!
Rise and shine where the fun begins! With all of our hotels boasting glistening swimming pools and easy access to the deep blue of the Mediterranean, avid swimmers won’t need to search far for splashing excitement. Even in the thick of winter, the brave at heart can master the perfect backstroke outdoors. Prefer a warmer environment? Head inside for a swim in one of our heated indoor pools. More keen on an adrenaline-fueled workout? Our hotel gyms offer all sort of equipment and machinery for you to pump those muscles, while scheduled classes like Aqua Aerobics, yoga, Pilates and more will also keep you in tip-top shape! Still can’t sit still? It may be time to try your hand at tennis on one of our courts!
- Tantalizing tees
Renowned as a true golfer’s paradise, first-class establishments on Cyprus’ stunning west coast offer year-round challenges under clear paradisiacal skies. Set up base in one of our Paphos hotels (including the Amavi, Alexander the Great Beach Hotel or Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos), and you can perfect your swing at one of four 19-hole golf resorts in the area – Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, Elea Golf Estate, Minthis or Secret Valley Golf Resort. Set against the breathtaking natural world of Paphos, every golfing enthusiast is in for a fine game on the range. Special golfing packages are available for our golf-loving guests – find out more at www.kanikahotels.com.
- Icy escapades
After mid-December, the island’s rugged mountain peaks are covered in glistening white, as sporty types gravitate to the area to perfect their ridin’ and cruisin’. Whether you want to take it easy on the Sun Valley 1 and 2 slopes, or fancy a bit more of a thrill on North Face 1 and 2, there’s endless fun to be had and adventurous types will be in for real snowboarding and skiing treat. Based on Mount Olympus, and featuring four ski lifts and eight ski runs, the Cyprus Ski Club welcomes skiers of all levels for equipment rental or professional ski lessons for both adults and kids. Keep in mind that January 19th 2020 is World Snow Day, and there are always exciting celebrations taking place at the Troodos Ski Resort for kids and adults alike.
Prefer a more leisurely hike? Put your best foot forward and enjoy winter hikes through Troodos forests or take a spin on a mountain bike through Troodos villages with fresh clean air to breathe in and picturesque views all round. Countless routes have been marked out around the countryside, whether you’re in the mood for something more adventurous, or are happy with a more genteel pace.
- Deep-sea adventures
There’s nothing more fascinating than discovering what lies at the bottom of the sea, and Cyprus is an all-year round diver’s haven, with countless spots around the island to leave you wide-eyed under the mask! If you’re holidaying at the Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol, you can enjoy one of the most popular dive sites in the area – the Lady Thetis wreck. To be found at a depth of 18m, the German construction was sunk in Cyprus waters in 2014, giving divers the chance to enjoy easy swim throughs and penetrations for the more adventurous. Those holidaying at the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa can enjoy blissful dives at the Cape Greco caves, while all of our Paphos hotels are within easy reach of the Amphora Caves filled with ancient ceramics. The splendors of Akamas dives and the popular Devil’s Head are also within easy reach.
- Catching the wind
How about combining a day out at sea with a different kind of fun-filled sporty adventure? Strong southwesterly winds make Cyprus an ideal kitesurfing and windsurfing destination, and there are many places to grab onto a board in open waters. Limassol, and the coastline that stretches towards Paphos, is an ideal base for wilder moments, and there are plenty of beaches with trained instructors on hand near our hotels. Limassol Surf House next to the Limassol Nautical Club is a great place to start, while those in the know also rave about Kitesurfing Cyprus. The weather in Cyprus also makes it an ideal opportunity for adrenaline junkies to enjoy the ultimate extreme experience of skydiving and free fall, parachuting and bungee jumping, available in Xylotymbou, Dhekeleia and Agia Napa; just a short distance from Olympic Lagoon Resort Agia Napa.