Aphrodite’s rock a place of Ancient Greek legend where according to the myth Aphrodite (Venus) goddess of love and beauty was born.
According to the legend, the goddess emerged from the sea, much like the scene in Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" painting. In antiquity Aphrodite and her legend gained quite a cult following with the people of Paphos, romanticising about her and all that she stood for. This however was quashed by the Romans, as it conflicted with their religious views and ideals.
Fortunately it has once again gained in notoriety and popularity and today (because of the legend and its scenic location) it is a key tourist site. Whether you are holidaying in Limassol, Paphos or anywhere else on the island, then you have two options available to reach this site: either by hiring a car and travelling yourself (it is well signposted and easily accessed) or failing that, travel with one of the many tourist groups that provide excursions to the rock.
The site is self is a 'sea stack' of rocks, with Aphrodite's rock being the largest, with the beach one side and the sea the other. The sea around the rock can be rough at times, so swimming there should be done with caution. However according to popular legend it is believed to be good luck to swim round Aphrodite's rock three times.
Close by to the tourist attraction there is a kiosk, tourist pavilion and a restaurant. The Aphrodite Hills resort and golf course also lies just a few minutes away.
With Cyprus being the 'Island Of Love', Aphrodite's rock is a must visit for your Cyprus Holiday.
Just a couple of kilometres from Aphrodite’s Rock is Aphrodite Hills championship golf course.
Just a short drive from Latchi harbour are the Baths Of Aphrodite, a small grotto where legend has it Aphrodite used to bathe.
Splash on down at a Cyprus Water Park whilst on your Cyprus Holiday
Paphos Airport is only a short drive from Aphrodite’s Rock.
There are plenty of things to see and do in the Paphos District, discover our suggestions here.