Pétanque Courts Created Due to Popular Demand
Larnaka is a town for all seasons – each with its own set of visitors. Whilst the summer months typically attract the younger crowd and families with children seeking the sun, sand and sea, the autumn and winter bring in the more mature long-term tourists who choose to spend the entire season here thanks to the mild weather.
With the influx of tourists from Scandinavian countries, the Larnaka Tourism Board in cooperation with the Larnaka Municipality have taken onboard requests from visitors from these parts of the world to play their favourite sport whilst on holiday. The sport in question is pétanque boules – not to be confused with ‘bowls’. Pétanque is a sport where players throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball from within a starting circle, and the game can be played on sand.
As such, a pétanque court will be located on the Foinikoudes sands during the colder months when the beach is not frequented by sunbathers. Players will need to bring their own equipment but can use the court free-of-charge on a first-come-first-served basis.
Chairman of the Larnaka Tourism Board Mr Dinos Lefkaritis is thrilled that the game is being introduced: “We give our thanks to the Larnaka Municipality for this initiative that will add to the winter activities available in Larnaka, and forms part of our larger plan for enriching the Larnaka experience.”