3+1 Places to Visit around Paphos
Published on July 02, 2020
One of the most beautiful regions in Cyprus and birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite, Paphos is a treasure to be discovered.
Situated on the westernmost part of Cyprus, the Akamas peninsula is a Natural Reserve Are. Not only is it one of the island’s most beautiful locations, it is also strewn with myth and legend. It is home to the Baths of Aphrodite where, legend has it, the goddess herself used to bathe with her lover Adonis. Our guests have the opportunity to explore spectacular landscapes and beaches, unique fauna and flora and wide variety of rare birds and animals.
The nature trails that cross the peninsula pass through unspoiled areas of extreme physical beauty such as the Avakas Gorge. The area is ideal for off road driving, hiking, trekking and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Fontana Amorosa and Lara Bay, the breeding ground of the Mediterranean Green Turtle.
- Aphrodite’s Rock
Petra tou Romiou or Aphrodite’s Rock as it is known is the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite-Cypria. A spectacular beach with awe-inspiring views, this beautiful stretch of pebble coast is where the Greek goddess of love rose from wave and foam. Guests can have a short break to admire the magnificent view and take some memorable photos.
- Roman Mosaics
The city is home to Mosaics of the Roman period, dating from around the 3rd century AD. These are situated in four main houses: the House of Aion, House of Dionysos, House of Orpheus and House of Theseus. They include many attention-grabbing geometrical decorations and draw inspiration from Greek mythological scenes.
- Tombs of the Kings
The Tombs of the Kings are an early Hellenistic monument dating from the 4th century BC. They are burial caves carved into the bedrock of the hill and decorated with Doric columns and capitals. A must see for visitors to Paphos.
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