Aphrodite’s Rock or Petra tou Romiou, situated on the route between Limassol and Paphos, is the location associated with the birth of Greek goddess Aphrodite. Offering myths and stories, it is also a landscape with unique beauty.
On the southwest coastline of Cyprus, near Kouklia village, is located one of the most known sites of the island, Aphrodite’s Rock or as it is otherwise called, “Petra tou Romiou” (“Πέτρα του Ρωμιού”). This unique rock formation along with the myths associated with it, attract numbers of visitors throughout the year, both locals and foreigners.
According to Hesiod’s Theogony - a poem written by the ancient Greek poet - Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Uranus, has emerged from the sea foams. Based on other mythological writings, although the Goddess originally was headed towards the Greek island of Cythera, she was led towards the south-western shores of Cyprus by the west wind, Zephyrus, where today is located the enormous rock.
Another legend, from where the name “Petra tou Romiou” derives (in English translated as “Rock of the Greek”), connects the location with an Acritic song of the Byzantine era. It is said that Digenes Akritas, the hero of the epic poem, picked up an immense rock from Troodos Mountains and threw it into the sea to prevent the Saracen invaders.
Nowadays, arriving at the beach one cannot stay unimpressed by the natural beauty of the area. The combination of limestone cliffs, the large rock emerging from the depths of the ocean floor accompanied by other smaller rocks dominating the shoreline, and the blue waters, hold a vibe of enchantment.
There is no direct access to Aphrodite’s Rock beach from the main road, however the visitors can get there by walking through a small tunnel. The tunnel is found on the north of the beach, where a parking lot and a kiosk are located.
The beach is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Cyprus and with the myths and mystery surrounding it since the Antiquity, it definitely becomes a magical place to visit and a destination worth adding to the travel bucket list.