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Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou) Tours

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Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou)
A looming stack of rocks standing proud off the southwest coast of Cyprus, the UNESCO-listed Rock of Aphrodite, or Petra Tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), is one of the island’s most famous landmarks and the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, according to Greek mythology.

The Basics
The Rock of Aphrodite is part of Cyprus’ Aphrodite Cultural Route, and visitors can follow the walking trail from neighboring Kouklia Beach or take a boat trip along the coast. Most travelers visit on a day trip from nearby Paphos, Limassol, or Ayia Napa, often in combination with seeing the ancient ruins of Kourion or sights of Paphos, such as the Tomb of the Kings and the Villa of Dionysos.

One of the most popular pastimes in this area is swimming around the rock, although no one is permitted to climb on the rock itself. The act of circling the rock is alleged to bestow beauty and fertility on those swimmers who complete the loop. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no entrance fee for visiting the Rock of Aphrodite.
  • The waters around the Rock of Aphrodite can be quite rough, and only strong swimmers should try the loop around the rock.
  • A restaurant and parking lot are situated above the beach, with a view of the rock. 
  • The Rock of Aphrodite viewpoint is wheelchair accessible, but the beach can only be reached via stairs.

How to Get There
The Rock of Aphrodite is located on Cyprus’ southwest coast, along the A6 highway, about 25 minutes’ drive from Paphos. Buses run directly to the rock from Paphos’ harbor and take about 30 minutes.

When to Get There
It’s possible to visit the Rock of Aphrodite anytime, but day-trippers arrive in droves throughout July and August, so get there early if you hope to take a crowd-free photo. The rock is most impressive at sunset.

The Legend of Aphrodite’s Rock
Guarding the coastline since ancient times, Aphrodite’s Rock is more than just a geological wonder. The sacred rock takes its name from the Greek goddess of love and beauty, who is said to have to have risen from the ocean at this spot. Legend has it that, in certain weather conditions, the waves rising and breaking against the rock create a cloud of sea foam that appears in the shape of a human.
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Day Trips

Pafos and Kourion Coach Excursion from Larnaca

Get to know the western end of Cyprus on this excursion from Larnaca. Aboard a comfortable coach, relax and enjoy the scenery while the transportation is taken care of; no fussing with rental cars or directions. Visit Kourion to see the mosaics at the House of Eustolios, then headfor Phaphos to see the House of Dionysos and the surrounding harbor. The day's last stops are Petra tou Romiou and the Yeroskipou Village.
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Paphos and Kourion Coach Excursion from Ayia Napa

Ideal for history buffs, this 8-hour excursion from Ayia Napa transports you back to ancient Greek civilization. Delve into the rich history of Kourion, home to a significant archaeological site, and Paphos, where the famous House of Dionysus resides. Sample Cypriot specialities during a stop at Yeroskipou village and visit the alleged birthplace of Aphrodite. Admission to these landmarks is at your expense; round-trip transportation in an air-conditioned coach from your Ayia Napa hotel is included.
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Cultural Tours

Best of Cyprus from Paphos

Get a comprehensive tour of Cyprus on this full-day excursion from Paphos. With a guide providing engaging commentary and taking care of all navigation and transportation, you can focus on the scenery and learning about Cyprus. Highlights include a local winery for tastes of wine and produce, the Kourion ancient theater, and the Omodos village.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

2 Hrs UTV 4x4 & Buggy Safari at Aphrodite's Rock in Paphos

On the southern Coast of Cyprus, just off the shore, sits Aphrodite's Rock, the alleged birthplace of the goddess of love. With this experience, you'll get to explore the area by a quad or buggy you drive yourself, with plenty of time left over to hang out on the beach or go for a swim.
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Pafos and Kourion Coach Excursion from Protaras

Spend a day exploring the historic side of Cyprus, with this coach excursion from Protaras. You'll visit all sorts of ancient Greek sites, including the House of Eustolios in Kourion and the House of Dionysos in Paphos, both known for their beautifully preserved mosaics. You'll also get a chance to stop in the village of Yeroskipou known for its traditional sweets as well as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.  
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5-Night Cyprus Tour from Limassol Including Paphos, Nicosia, Troodos Mountains and Kourion

See Cyprus’ historical treasures, ancient cities and remarkable landscape on a 5-night tour from Limassol with guided day-trips to Nicosia, the Troodos Mountains and Kourion. Sleep in a seaside city and explore Roman mosaics and Christian relics, along with landmarks left my Venetians, Byzantines and Ottomans. Rise into the cool mountains where you’ll discover a UNESCO-recognized church and a wine making village, then return to the coast to see Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace, a Roman city and the Greek Temple of Apollo. 
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Jeep Safari to Troodos Mountains and Kykkos Monastery from Paphos

Head high up into the picturesque Troodos Mountains and visit the Kykkos Monastery while you're there with this Jeep safari from Paphos. You'll also get to get to spend time in a traditional coffee shop, visit a beautiful 20-meter waterfall, and taste locally produced wine, with plenty of time for shopping along the way.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

History Mythology at Limassol and Kourion in German from Paphos & Latchi

Visit some of the most important historic attractions in the Limassol area with this tour. You'll start with a visit to Aphrodite's Rock, a coastal rock formation believed to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. You'll then have some time to hang out at the Limassol Marina and Old Town before making your way to Kourion, an important archaeological site with beautifully preserved mosaics.
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Cultural Tours

Best of Cyprus from Pissouri

Rural Cyprus is at your fingertips on this whistle stop tour. The morning kicks off with first stop at Petra tou Romiou for photographs (available only for guests from Pissouri Hotels). Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace ‘Petra tou Romiou’ is an interesting geological formation of huge rocks along one of the most beautiful coastlines on the island. Then you will continue with a visit of Kourion–one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island. It’s classic Greco-Roman, with a half-moon of seats facing out to sea. Kolossi Castle is the next stop. This Crusader-era castle is surrounded by flowering plants and a pretty courtyard. Hop back on the airconditioned bus and head to the mountain-ringed village of Omodos where you will have a guided walk through the village and lunch. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to taste traditional Cyprus wine in a local winery before heading back to the resorts.
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