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Bucket list ideas: 10 most unusual sports venues you must visit

26 Oct 2021

“The world’s most exotic and unique sports venues are much more than places to play sports.”


Here are 10 of our favourite unusual and amazing sports venues that will inspire your wanderlust and make you want to be there straight away.

SVANGASKARD, FAROE ISLANDS

Watching an energetic football match in a tranquil village surrounded by green hills is surreal, isn’t it? Situated on top of a hill in the middle of blue lakes, Svangaskard is a multi-purpose stadium in Toftir which is renowned for its spectacular uninterrupted views. And you see, this is what outdoor sport is all about — being in nature.

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COEUR D’ALENE RESORT GOLF COURSE, USA

Golf courses are beautiful, and the following golf course goes way beyond your imagination and is incredibly stunning. The Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course is in Idaho, interestingly dubbed as “the most boring state in the US.” The 14th hole is on a floating platform in the lake, so the layout of the course can be altered, making it the world’s first and only movable island green.

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CITY WALL ROOFTOP COURT, CROATIA

It looks like Dubrovnik is not only “King’s Landing,” but also home to one of the best-designed basketball courts in the world. Set within the 16th-century walls, the City Wall Rooftop Court has transformed into an architectural landmark integrating tradition and basketball, with jaw-dropping views of the Adriatic Sea. Famous interior design magazine Architectural Digest describes playing basketball here as an experience that will likely stay with you for a lifetime.

IL SAN PIETRO DI POSITANO, ITALY

Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano Hotel on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast is truly one of a kind, with its highly acclaimed tennis court. Nestled between limestone walls and a private beach, the oceanfront court gives you an opportunity to play tennis by the sea. It is not just a favourite among travellers, but even professional players like Maria Sharapova and Yannick Noah played their games here.

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ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

The winter wonderland of St. Moritz is not just a heaven for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Every February since 1907, the international horse racing festival of White Turf takes place in St. Moritz, and is the world’s only horse race on a frozen lake. The legendary event attracts over 30,000 horse lovers and visitors to experience the thrilling atmosphere.

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CIRCUIT DE MONACO, MONACO

Need an inspiring reason to visit Monaco? Look no further than attending the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. As the shortest Grand Prix track, the Circuit de Monaco is known for being extremely demanding with many elevation changes and tight corners. Did you know that a driver will make approximately 3,666 gear changes in a race?

IGRALISTE BATARIJA, CROATIA

Can you imagine watching a football game on a historic fortress? Igraliste Batarija is the home stadium of Croatia’s HNK Trogir that sits in between two 15th century, UNESCO World Heritage fortresses. On one side is Kamerlengo Castle built by the Venetians, while on the other side is the Tower of St. Marco, a dramatic Renaissance-style fortress.

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TORNIO GOLF CLUB, FINLAND/SWEDEN

As the world’s only golf club spanning two different countries, Tornio Golf Club is probably one of the most instagrammable golf courses you must visit. It is an 18-hole course, with 7 holes in Finland and 11 in Sweden. It means that you can literally walk across an international border and time travel (due to time difference, of course) on the golf course!

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GUM SKATING RINK, RUSSIA

Red Square is one of the most well-known sightseeing spots in Moscow. In winter, the GUM Skating Rink is right at the centre of Red Square where you may find top Russian ice skaters as well! The huge skating rink is surrounded by the famous landmarks of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the State Museum and the Lenin’s Mausoleum, covering 3,000 square metres with a capacity for 500 people.

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THE FLOAT, SINGAPORE

As its name suggests, The Float is a floating football pitch in Marina Bay. It was initially a temporary replacement for the Singapore National Stadium and has also been used for concerts and other events. Last year the Singapore government announced the redevelopment of The Float and the new NS Square will organise sporting events and have water sports facilities. 

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BONUS: REPTON PARK, UK

Well this is not exactly the most fascinating swimming pool but is definitely a trending place and a hidden gem in London. The swimming pool in Repton Park is actually located in a converted church. Today its original Victorian interior is still captivating with gothic arches and stained-glass windows.

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