Paphos attractions 4

Today we’ll continue our look at the many Paphos attractions that one can expect to visit while on a trip to Cyprus and we’ll start with the something aimed at the little ones but that anyone can enjoy.

The Paphos Aquarium

The aquarium is located next the Theoskepasti church, and it’s a great place to spend a family day out exploring the mysterious underwater world. The place has seventy-two very large enbironmentally friendly tanks full of ocean fauna and flora, and one of them is home to some crocodiles.

The Paphos Aquarium is home to both salt-water and fresh water fish, both common and rare and the lighting in the Aquarium is especially designed to allow for their interesting markings and colours to be very easily observed.

Petra Tou Romiou – Aphrodite’s Rock

The location of Petra Tou Romoiu, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, is something that should exist on every must-see list of Cyprus because it is nothing less than the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Myth has it that she rose from the sea in this bay, having chosen the rock to begin her life as a human. It is also said that she first travelled to the island of Cythera, but finding it too small she reached Paphos and chose to settle there.

Interestingly enough, the local title of the place – petra tou romiou – means “Rock of the Greek” which refers to a different story according to which a Byzantine frontier guard defended the coast by throwing the rocks at an invading fleet.

The Mosaics of Paphos

The superbly preserved mosaic are located near the Paphos harbor; they date from the third to fifth century A.D. and can be found in the Villa of Dionysos, Orpheus and Aion, and the Villa of Theseus. These are pavement mosaics accidentally found by a farmer while he was ploughing his field. The villas are quite massive and excavations are still ongoing, however the mosaics that have been found depict scenes from Greek mythology. The mosaics are made with small marble cubes and glass paste and the surface occupied by these wonderful works of art is astounding, almost six thousand square feet.

In order to see these locations, as well as other in the country make sure to consider our Paphos airport transfers services.