Petra tou Romiou
Petra tou Romiou – the birthplace of Aphrodite?
The birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love?
According to legend, Aphrodite mythological goddess of love and beauty, rose from the waves at this strikingly beautiful spot on the south east coast of Cyprus near Secret Valley and Paphos itself.
The Baths of Aphrodite at Polis and the ‘Fontana Amorosa’ – Fountain of Love – also echo her apparent penchant for the island.
The Greek name, Petra tou Romiou “The Rock of the Greek” is associated with the legendary frontier-guard of Byzantine times Digenis Akritas who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with amazing strength. It is said that he heaved this large rock into the sea destroying the enemy’s ship.
Nearby at Kouklia lie the remains of the Goddess Aphrodite’s earliest Sanctuary and a museum.
Petra tou Roumio is one of those ‘must see’ things in Cyprus. Take a look at any guide to Cyprus, and it won’t be long before you get to pictures of this famous place.
So is it worth a visit? Yes – because it is strikingly beautiful – especially from the road that runs long the top of the cliffs here. At sunset and sunrise it’s especially beautiful.