Sports Destinations You Must Add to Your Bucket List

If you clicked on this article, you’re probably a sports fanatic, or maybe you’re looking to surprise someone in your life. However, if you’re like most people, holidays are mainly for spa days, lounging on the beach, or walking about exploring tourist spots. This means you rarely get your daily dose of sporting activities. 

Well, you can actually merge your love of sports and traveling the world. It may seem like it’s too good to be true, but we’ve curated a list that would show you otherwise. If you’re into sports tourism, here are some destinations you should definitely look into.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is home to Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe and the proud home ground of FC Barcelona. Fun fact, instead of Estadi del FC Barcelona, it was named after the Spanish term for “new field” since the club owners decided to make a switch from Camp de Les Corts in 1957. The stadium has a rich football history, with a record attendance of about 120,000 during the European Cup Quarter Finals in 1986.

If you’re time your travel right in the middle of football season, you could not just visit but even watch a match on Barca’s home soil. The pre-game atmosphere and upbeat team chants you know by heart are simply unmatched when you’re physically in the stadium. Unless you’re a local, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch your favorite La Liga team play live in the arena. So, you might want to take some videos with your Android phone to remember these monumental moments.

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

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Carlisle Bay is a dreamy Caribbean tropical island where you can walk along the shore of baby-soft sand and dip your feet in the clear blue sea. Antigua is also known for its fresh seafood and the unique mix of Eastern spices paired with it. This island is already an incredible travel destination, but if you’re a fan of sporting activities, you will grow to love Antigua even more. 

The availability of a wide variety of watersports is the X factor of Carlisle Bay. Moreover, noise disturbance was accounted for whereby motorized sports like waterskiing and wakeboarding are conducted at a separate cove which is just as beautiful. 

Apart from kayaking, windsurfing, and raft-building to name a few, there is even a watersports center complete with a scuba diving facility. So, whether you’re a beginner or have been in the game for a while now, there are classes you can sign up for. Plus, you wouldn’t have to lug around your gear since all the equipment will be provided.

Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Aphrodite Hills is popular for its sublime landscape of lush green hills by the coast, which is such a sight to behold. Fittingly, its charm is no surprise considering that it is the birthplace of the mythical Greek goddess of the same name who was said to possess stunning beauty. Additionally, for all the Greek mythology enthusiasts, the streets are named after Greek gods. 

Aphrodite Hill offers golf and spa resorts with impeccable facilities on the sports front. The well-maintained golf courses are designed for visitors of all ages and skill levels. But there’s more; You can spend the day hitting the tennis court. It would also be informative to know that you can apply for tennis lessons depending on whether you prefer a one-on-one approach or some interaction with other players through the semi-private classes. Plus, you can shop for sports gear at the many retail outlets nearby. 

Apart from sports, Cyprus is ground for a large variety of grape species, making it a wine-tasting hub. On a side note, visiting Cyprus in April or October is advisable when you can bask in the warm sunshine under much milder temperatures. But in other with a bottle of sunscreen in your bag, you’ll be good to go.

Botswana, Africa

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You most probably associate African tourism with its diverse wildlife. Speaking of which, Botswana offers a plethora of horseback riding tours. But this is no ordinary equestrian tour; You will be horseback riding among wildlife. An added benefit is that some of these horseback riding safaris even cover amazing African treasures like the northern Okavango Delta, a habitat of many endangered species. And when you’re tired, you can head back to camp and kick your feet up on a hammock or take a dip in the pool.

But wait, horseback riding isn’t the only thing you can do in Botswana. Seeing that it is a country with amazing views and glistening bodies of water, it is only right that a watersport is a vital part of the itinerary. Also situated in Okavango Delta, the canoe ride, locally known as the mokoro, is sure to make your heart race.

We’ve all seen the mesmerizing sunrise in the opening of the Lion King. But the African scenery is even more so impressive in real life. You don’t want to miss out on an authentic nature experience. Also, don’t forget to bring your camera along on the trip to capture the majestic wildlife up close.

Bali, Indonesia

It’s no secret that Bali is an ideal island paradise you could never possibly go wrong with. Bali’s cluster of beaches is nature’s work of art. For instance, you could watch the first light of day touch the horizon as you get in your morning sand workout on the coastline of Bali. On the other hand, you could instead work a different type of exercise routine into your schedule. The endless options of surfing locations can help you with that.

Balangan Beach, Uluwatu Beach, and Padang Padang Beach are some of the top picks for the ultimate surfer’s paradise experience. As a quick tourist tip, you might want to prioritize the latter surfing spot as featured in the timeless classic Eat, Pray, Love movie. If you’re looking to hone your surfing skills, you’d be glad to know that surfing lessons are accessible there. Regardless of whether you’re good at it, you’re bound to have fun in the smooth waves and pleasant climate.

These sport-oriented destinations are some of the best spots to get you up on your feet and go out on an adventurous exploration. With the amazing sceneries and additional facilities for relaxation, these places are perfect for the non-sporty people you want to travel with; There’s something for everyone. So, it seems like a good time to add some of these spots to your travel bucket list!

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