8 July, 2020

Cyprus, the Legendary Birthplace of Aphrodite

Driving along the coastal road from Limassol to Paphos you will come across a magical landmark: Petra tou Romiou. Long before you reach it you will notice the huge rocks rising from the sea, very close to the pebbled beach in an unspoiled setting with no buildings in sight. Here, or so it is said, is where Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, was born from the sea foam. A popular myth that is readily shared with visitors is that swimming around the rock carries the promise of eternal youth, beauty and love.

According to another more recent legend, the giant rocks were hoisted there by the Byzantine hero Digenis Akritas to keep his enemies, the Saracens, off the coast.

Legends aside, Petra tou Romiou is Cyprus’s signature location, depicted in every guide to the island, and one of the places of interest that is on every tourist’s holiday agenda.

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