Budget airline Ryanair has announced that Paphos, Cyprus, is to become an international hub servicing 14 new European routes.
The new routes to and from Paphos start in April and May, including services from London Stansted, Memmingen Munich, Frankfurt Hahn, Stockholm Skavsta and Oslo Rygge.
The new services make it cheaper and easier to take a golf break in Cyprus.
Golf resorts in the area predict that travelling golfers will form a healthy part of the 600,000 people expected to use the services and are preparing for an uplift in golf tourism.
Elea Estate – the newest golf development in Paphos – is hopeful tourists will view Cyprus as a credible alternative to established European destinations such as Spain, Portugal, UK and Ireland.
Andreas Anastasiou, General Manager of Eléa Estate, said:
“There is little doubt Eléa Golf Club, and the other golf courses in the Paphos area, will benefit from Ryanair’s new services.
With 80 new flights a week being operated to and from Paphos we anticipate an increase in tourists wanting to play golf and both our location and reputation as Cyprus’ number one golf course positions us perfectly.”
Paphos in Cyprus is a popular leisure tourism destination favoured by package holiday companies.
It trades on sunshine, quality beaches, nightlife and heritage attractions such as the birthplace of Aphrodite – Goddess of Love – and The Tomb of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site and necropolis dating back to the 4th Century B.C.
There are four golf courses in Paphos and a number of high quality hotels ideal for golfers.
Aphrodite Hills is the best known of the Paphos courses and is an award winning golf, leisure and real estate development.
The golf course, designed by architect Cabell Robinson, opened in 2002 and enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is close to the spot where myth says Aphrodite emerged from the ocean. The course is set on two plateau split by a natural gorge and winds through olive and carob trees.
The par three 7th hole is its most spectacular with a long downhill carry over a 130 metre canyon to a green nestled among olive trees.
The newest of the Paphos courses is the Elea Golf Club designed by Sir Nick Faldo.
It celebrated its first birthday in 2011 and has already been voted Cyprus’ #1 golf course by an influential rankings website.
A par 71 golf course with sea views and first class facilities, it is expected to be a major driver for golf tourism. A boutique hotel is also in development. www.eleaestate.com
Minthis Hills Golf Club
Is situated near Tsada village, 15 minutes drive north of Paphos.
18-hole Minthis Hills was founded in 1994 and is set amongst the orchards and vineyards of a 12th century monastery in a gentle valley. Elevated tees and tight tree lined fairways are par for the course at this Donald Steel designed Par 72 measuring 6060m.
Secret Valley Golf Club
Tucked away in a picturesque valley 18km east of Pafos close to Aphrodite Hills. This 18-hole resort enjoys a scenic hillside setting and the course is framed by mature trees and dramatic rock formations. The course is a par 71 and is 5904m in length.
Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, of the Paphos Regional Board of Tourism, said: “Ryanair will play a special role in stimulating Cyprus’ European markets. Using the UK as an example, with four flights per week from Stansted to Paphos – an annual capacity of approximately 37,000 seats – this represents very positive news for the island and our golf developments.