Petra tou Romiou
According to the legend, this is the birthplace of Goddess Aphrodite!
Aphrodite’s Rock is a sea formation of rock on the costal line from Limassol entering toPaphos. It’s also known as ‘Petra tou Romiou’ (Rock of Romans). Most people in Cyprus know this place from our mythology and it being the birth place of the goddess Aphrodite. The Goddess of love and beauty rose from the foam of the waves crashing onto the rock. This is how it came to be known as Aphrodite’s Rock. Another myth around the Aphrodite’s Rock is that ‘Digenis Akritas’ actually threw the rocks in the sea to ward off the enemies that were coming from the sea. This is how the name ‘Petra tou Romiou’ came about, from this hero. Legend has it that he was so strong that he could pick up such huge boulders of rock and throw them very far.
There is also a myth that states that if you swim 3 times around the rock you will have eternal beauty, youth and love and good luck!
Most people come to this area to take in the scenic views from the beach and also from the road above. Both make for a tranquil place to enjoy the sunshine and to swim in the clear waters. You must be careful when swimming as there are many waves and there is not lifeguard on duty in this area. The water can be rough and you are also not allowed to climb on the rock. So be careful but have fun too.
At the beach you will find an area to park your car, grab a bite to eat or have a coffee at the coffee/snack shop and also may end up buying a souvenir or two. Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach and enjoy the breathtaking sunset in the evening.
On one side of the rock is a sandy beach while on the other side is a pebble beach. This makes for a great stroll around to take in the different views of the area and the different colours that the pebbles cast over the place. Many locals like to have picnics and spend the whole day there relaxing.
This place should be at the top of your to do list when visiting Cyprus. It is a stunning place to see and now that you know the myths behind it, you will see just how special it really is!