June 7, 2009

The Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), or the Rock Of Aphrodite (Rock of Romios, Aphrodite's Rock), is a scenic place, located off the sea-shore along the old Limassol-Pafos road. It has been regarded since ancient times as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility. It's one of the most popular tourist spot, for its magnificent view of the sea, and more famously the birth place of Aphrodite.

It is said that here is the rock from which Aphrodite mythically arose from the foaming sea.
There are two large rocks in the sea, set against the white cliffs above and the turquoise of the Mediterranean below. The beach is shingly but the setting is spectacular. The scene has been a source of inspiration for many poets and painters, the most famous
result being Boticelli's Birth of Venus;
now on display in Florence Italy at Uffizi Gallery, the painting depicts the light wind of the Zephyrs bringing Aphrodite ashore inside a shell to Petra tou Romiou. (Picture of painting depicts)

There is a nearby restaurant, and a souvenir shop in the Tourist Pavilion where you can park your car on the uphill side of the road near the shop. Pedestrian access to the beach is via an underpass. From here you can admire the sight of the colors of the sea. Being a pebbled beach, people don't swim usually. The place is best to adore the sun-rise and sun-set, that makes it more beautiful.

People used to climb on the rock itself, and overlook the waves arose against it.
I would say this is a must visit place in Cyprus. It is just some km away from a seaside village - Pissouri. I have been to this place many times, and each time I came here, It feels more beautiful. Some people often confused it with 'Baths of Aphrodite'. But Baths of Aphrodite is approx 70 km away from here. You can also roam around a nearby seaside village - Pissouri.

My jump snap is 500 Euros cost. Don't ask me; ask my friends.


Kate said...

Great post!

Jean Black said...

Personally for me the Aphrodite's Rock is a lovely and probably even one of the best stops for a photograph opportunity. Beach there is also quite good and water is crystal clean and extremely warm. You definitely should swim around the rock which people believe will bless you with eternal beauty ;)

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