Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou)

Aphrodite’s Rock, also known as Petra tou Romiou, is a famous landmark located in the village of Kouklia, approximately a 20-minute drive from Paphos.

According to Greek mythology, this rock is believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. In fact, legend has it that Aphrodite emerged from the sea foam near this rock and was carried ashore on a shell.

This myth has transformed Aphrodite’s Rock into a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all corners of the world.

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Aphrodite’s Beach

In our opinion, this is one of the most stunning coastlines in Cyprus, featuring turquoise waters and breathtaking sunsets.

It’s believed that swimming around the rock three times can bring good luck in matters of fertility and love, and even grant eternal youth and beauty.

However, climbing the rock isn’t advised and is actually prohibited. Also, the beach is covered in pebbles, so remember to bring comfortable shoes.

In addition, there’s a convenience store nearby, along with a set of stairs that lead to an underground tunnel, allowing safe access to Aphrodite’s Beach.

Please avoid crossing the road directly!

And if you’ve come this far, don’t miss this special lookout point just a few hundred meters away. From this elevated spot, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and its surroundings, and capture some Instagram-worthy photos while you’re at it.

How to Get to Aphrodite’s Rock

A visit to Aphrodite’s Rock typically takes only 1-1.5 hours. From there, you can easily continue your journey to Limassol or the Troodos Mountains.

Bus

You can reach Aphrodite’s Rock directly from Paphos Harbour by taking route 631. However, keep in mind that bus departure times may vary by season, so be sure to check the schedule in advance.

If you’re in Universal neighborhood or the Old Town, you can take route 603 to the harbour and then transfer to route 631 to Aphrodite’s Rock.

From the Tombs of the Kings area, simply hop on route 615 to the harbour and then transfer to route 631.

Taxi

Getting a taxi to Aphrodite’s Rock can be pricey, typically ranging from 28-40 euros or more (each way), depending on your location and the number of passengers.

Car

For those who prefer driving, there’s a free parking lot situated conveniently next to the road. We’ve included the navigation details below.

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