Because Easter it’s coming, today I remembered my beautiful 2012 Easter holiday spent in Cyprus and one of the sacred destinations I’ve been there – Petra tou Romiou. Perhaps many of you want an Easter holiday and do not know where to go, so I recommend you with all my heart a romantic getaway in sunny Island of Love – Cyprus.
When I think of Cyprus the first thing that comes into my mind is Aphrodite’s Rock – a sea stack on Paphos amazing coastline – the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Fertility.
Legend has it that Aphrodite was born in Cyprus. Out of the sea foam on a lovely stretch of Mediterranean island sand, the Goddess of Love emerged to inspire the ancient Greeks. But the ancients aren’t the only ones she inspired, and even now her mythical beauty lures people to the country of her birth to fall in love.
I am one of them. Views are spectacular and the sunsets must not be missed!
For this special day I chose to wear Zara white suit, a colorful Promod top and handmade flats from Thailand. My accessories were some Turkish bracelets and Koton sunglasses.
Cyprus is renowned as the Island of Beauty & Love. The “Petra tou Romiou” area is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Cyprus. The site is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural route.
Aphrodite’s Rock or in Greek – Petra tou Romiou is not something to be missed if you are in Cyprus. Supposed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of love, according to mythology she emerged from the sea at this bay. Aphrodite herself choose the famous rock to begin her life as a human. It is said that Aphrodite first traveled to the Island of Cythera, but she found it too small and therefore reached Paphos and settled here.
The name Petra Tou Romiou which means ‘Rock of the Greek’, comes from the story of the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who used to throw these ‘petras’ in the sea to destroy Arab ships during a raid by the Saracens on Cyprus (7th-10th centuries). With one hand he was said to have grabbed hold of the Kyreneia mountain range thereby forming “Pentadaktylos”, the Five Finger mountain. With the other hand he took a huge rock and tossed it into the sea at the Saracens who were trying to come. The rock still remains and thus gave the region its name.
There is a long narrow pebbly beach at Petra tou Romiou that extends to either side of the largest rock and its satellites. The rock itself can be climbed and the beach is extremely beautiful with crystal clear waters. Mythology claims that any person who swims around the rock will be blessed with eternal beauty.
It is said that in certain weather conditions, the waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. With imagination, this looks for just a moment like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape.
Petra tou Romiou’s strong associations with the legend of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love mean it’s popular to state your love for your loved one using the pebbles on the beach. Find a space and you can too!
Aphrodite’s Rock is located 25 km east of Paphos and 9km east of Kouklia, on the B6. There is a parking area uphill side of the road and you can easy access via an underpass to the long narrow pebbly beach.
So is it worth a visit?
Yes! Because it’s strikingly beautiful, especially from the road that runs long the top of the cliffs here. At sunset and sunrise it’s absolutely fabulous!