Petra tou Romiou

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Petra tou Romiou Paphos Reviews

bensonryan bensonry…
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Aphrodite's Rock Jul 04, 2016
Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite's Rock, is a sea stack in Paphos, Cyprus. It is located off the shore along the main road and about an hour drive from Limassol. The combination of the beauty of the area and its status in mythology as the birthplace of Aphrodite makes it a popular tourist location.

Greek legend holds that goddess Aphrodite was born here as a result of the castration of Uranus by Chronos under the guidance of Gaia. The Rock itself was said to represent the lower half of Uranus that was severed in the process. Aphrodite gained a cult following until the Romans conquered the area. There is also a local myth is that eternal beauty is bestowed on any person swimming around the Aphrodite Rock.

The rough sea in the area normally discourages tourists not to swim there though we saw some intrepid swimmers do venture here, sleeping and even walking barefoot over the extremely rocky beach. I recently found out that it was not permitted to climb the rock after the fact that my friends and I took turns ascending to the very top. Admittedly, I'm glad I acquired some rare screensaver worthy views of the blue Mediterranean sea pressing against the rocky coastline. Climbing the rock is probably disallowed for safety reasons and one should do so at his or her own risk not to get caught or injured.

The tourist pit stop in the area is a nice place to cool down and relax from the Cypriot summer heat. It also operates as a restaurant as well as a convenient store and trinket shop. Prices of food and drink are rather inexpensive.

Aphrodite’s Rock is a great recommendation though a little out of the way from Limassol and seemingly isolated in the city of Paphos. It was a 100 euro cab ride for 4 people round trip, which in the long run was a modest price. I enjoyed it. If you visit Cyprus, you should visit this rock at least once!
The tunnel from the tourist stop t…
Signs going to the Rock
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Gypset Gypset
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The Birthplace of Aphrodite Dec 26, 2010
Petra tou Romiou (or Rock of the Greek in its literal translation) is probably the best known ‘landmark’ of Cyprus. While I am not one for trendy tourist destinations – I have to admit I always recommend a visit to this spot to anyone that is visiting Cyprus.

Many may be driven to the spot because of its place in folk lord (according to Homer’s Oddessy, Aphrodite --Greek goddess of love – was birth from the sea here, arising out of its foam), but it is not the reason why I love it so much. In fact, anyone that has ever visited Petra tou Romiou will probably agree with what I am about to say: The Gods, themselves, must have blessed the sea so its waves could go to rest on this beach.

Not only is it a one of the most beautiful examples of scenic beauty I have ever seen on this earth – there is so much more to this location if you take the time (and energy, I might add!) to do a bit of exploring. Just before the first viewpoint, there is a narrow path down to the beach, scramble down and keep going to the left until you see rock formations. They are beautiful and you can spend hours climbing the limestone cliffs and going inside the small caves that have formed over time.

If you claim yourself to be the adventurous type and take my advice to climb the limestone cliff, the view of of Petra tou Romiou is spectular. You might even feel inclined to recite a few line of Homer’s epic poem:

“I will sing of stately Aphrodite, gold-crowned and beautiful, whose dominion is the walled cities of all sea-set Cyprus. There the moist breath of the western wind wafted her over the waves of the loud-moaning sea in soft foam.”

Clearly, Aphrodite was on to something, when she claimed this sun kissed island as her home.
Retracing the steps of Aphrodite.
Petra tou Romiou, in all its glory.
Stacks of pepples I made while enj…
Aphrodite's foam
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