Petra Tou Romiou
Located along the shore, off the main Paphos to Limassol highway, Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, is a sea stack of such striking beauty that legend marks it as the birthplace of the goddess of love. After emerging from the waves at Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite is then said to have chosen Paphos as the centre of her cult.
Another story connects Petra tou Romiou with the mythical Byzantine frontier guard, Digenis Akritas, whose superhuman strength saw him launch the ‘rock’ against marauding Saracen ships who had come to invade Cyprus.
Today, Petra tou Romiou is a justifiably popular tourist attraction, with its surrounding, crystal waters and beautiful beach providing an ideal holiday backdrop for swimming and long shore walks.