Petra Tou Romiou (also known as the Aphrodite’s Rock) is one of the most beautiful and romantic natural attractions on all Cyprus. It’s associated with many legends and beliefs. The most famous legend says that this beach was the one where in 1200 BC the beautiful Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love, has come out of sea foam. Aphrodite Kiprida was among the twelve great Olympic Gods. Her love had power not only over people, but also over the gods of the ancient world.
According to the beliefs, one of the rocks on the beach – the stone of Aphrodite – has a magical power. If you perform a simple ritual around it you can meet true love and find youth. Beliefs often diverge in definitions: according to one version Aphrodite’s Rock claims to be the biggest rock on the beach of Petra tou Romiou. According to another version – a small dark stone to the left of it. Also there are many versions of the rituals – swim three times counterclockwise around Aphrodite’s Rock, find a pebble in the shape of the heart on the beach or swim in the sea at midnight.
The rock “Petra tou Romiou” (“stone of the Greeks”) also has a legend, connected with it. One of the legends – Digenis Akrit, the legendary giant warrior who possessed incredible power, threw this stone into the sea. That flood the fleet of warships of the Saracens, who wanted to capture Cyprus. But that legend has several versions as well.
Petra Tou Romiu is itself a very beautiful place with a magnificent scenery and harmonious atmosphere. Frequent guests of the beach are not only tourists who come here on excursions. To newlyweds from different countries around the world a trip to the Petra Tou Romiou has already become a good tradition. Photographers and artists come here often as well.
Untouched since the ancient times, the natural beauty of the beach inspires artists to create many wonderful paintings and photographs. High cliffs of light limestone protruding from the water, undermined by the sea at their base, look particularly spectacularly at sunset.
Petra Tou Romiou Beach Description
The Aphrodite’s Rock and its seabed has a cover with a fairly large pebble and the bottom that’s rapidly gaining depth. Often in the water area of the beach there are waves and the water here is pretty cool. Petra Tou Romiou will not be the best choice for bathing children. Though even adults swimming here should be cautious.
In summer there are a lot of visitors on the beach, but not all of them came here to bath in the sea.
Mostly people come here for atmospheric walks along the shore, to relax and listen to the legends that unfolded on this very beach. Also the beach is an excellent place for amateur and professional photo sessions.
The tourist area near the beach has a spacious parking lot where all the transport stops. For the safety of pedestrians there is an atmospheric pedestrian tunnel under the roadway. It leads from the parking lot to the coast and designed in the style of ancient architecture.
Arriving at Petra Tou Romiou you will find all the necessary amenities near the parking lot. There is a roomy cafeteria where visitors can tastr the simplest but qualitative dishes from Cyprus cuisine. Near the parking there is a gift shop where you can buy themed memorabilia and gifts.
Petra Tou Romiou on the shore does not have any infrastructure and is included in the category of not equipped beaches. The beach is regularly cleaned due to its poplularity and the entire tourist area is kept clean. Tourists for recreation on the beach can relax simply on their towels on any place of the beach they like.
How to get to the Petra Tou Romiou?
Petra Tou Romiou is located on the southeast coast of the island between Paphos (about 15 kilometers east of the city) and Limassol. You can reach it by going along the “B6” highway. To ensure that tourists do not pass the beach there are signs along the road – “Petra tou Romiou”. Also in the neighboring cities of Cyprus you can easily purchase a ticket for organized bus excursions to the beach.
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