Cyprus attractions – Aphrodite’s Rock

Today we’ll be talking about one, somewhat less-known, Cyprus attraction, namely Aphrodite’s Rock or Petra tou Romiou.

This location is off the shore along the main road between Paphos and Limassol, and the place was regarded in ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite.

Legend says that the goddess of love and fertility was born from the waves on the site, then escorted ashore on a shell by the soft breezes of Zephyrs, till she landed at the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou.

It’s interesting how there are two different accounts of this myth, one from Hesiod and the other from Homer, regardless however, the most memorable depiction of this mythical even was done by Botticelli in his Birth of Venus.

Interestingly enough, the title of Petra tou Romou actually means ‘the Rock of the Greek’ and doesn’t actually refer to the Aphrodite myth, it does refer to a different one. In this myth the Byzantine hero Dighenis threw rocks from this location at pirates to protect his lady.

Locals say that in certain weather conditions, when the waves rise and break, form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how this moment might look like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape.

There is a long and narrow, and also pebbly beach here – the place does have ‘rock’ in its title after all – and it extends to either side of the largest rock and its satellites.

Getting here is quite easy when you employ some Paphos airport transfers because it is only located twenty-five kilometers east of Paphos and nine kilometers east of Kouklia; there is no entrance fee, since it’s quite the public place, and during the summer season you’ll usually find a kiosk selling soft drinks, and there’s a souvenir pavilion nearby which features a café.

You can make a day-trip, or half-a-day trip, of getting here, the drive will be pleasant and the surrounding panoramas will not let you down – also keep in mind that you may hear of this place referred to in a variety of ways such as: Rock of Romios, Rock of the Greek, Petra tou Romiou or Aphrodite’s Rock.