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Aphrodite's Rock

Imagine a Greek goddess rising to life from the foaming waters around this striking rock. Stay for the captivating sunset.

Aphrodite’s Rock is the ocean birthplace of the mythical Greek goddess of love and beauty. According to legend, she rose from the water in 1,200 B.C. and chose to start her worldly life from this large rock. Visit the serene pebble beach nearby to see the sunlit waters during the day and stay for the romantic views when the sun descends beyond the horizon.

Walk through the small stone tunnel at the entrance to the beach to see the remarkable rock appear to emerge at the other end. Enjoy the view of the historic stone against a backdrop of the blue Mediterranean Sea.

Sunbathe on the tiny stones of the beach and cool off in the water. Legends say that anyone who swims around Aphrodite’s Rock three times will stay beautiful for eternity. Be careful in the sea, however, as the waves in the region are quite rough.

Climb to the top of one of the cliffs for a panoramic vista of the sea, the rock and the rough landscape. Watch the sky and sea changing hues as the sun sets.

The serene atmosphere around the rock makes it an ideal spot for a quiet picnic with friends and family. Relax with popular Cypriot seafood dishes, such as calamari or sea bass. Walk along the shoreline and spot Saracen Rock, which refers to another myth about Byzantine hero Digenis Akritas, who hurled this very large rock at a Saracen invaders.

Near the beach you’ll find a café, a restaurant, bathroom facilities and a resort.

The site is also known as Petra tou Romiou, which translates as Rock of the Greek. Learn about the mythological deity of Aphrodite, the Greek version of the Roman Venus. She was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, who married her off to the ugly god of fire, Hephaestus.

Aphrodite’s Rock is 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) southeast of the city of Paphos. Take the scenic route, which veers inland and takes a while longer than the 20-minute main highway journey. Parking is available at the café and along the roads.


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Three bedroom villa 'Dionysos' (373) with private pool and pretty garden. Peaceful location within Aphrodite Hills Resort
Three bedroom villa 'Dionysos' (373) with private pool and pretty garden. Peaceful location within Aphrodite Hills Resort

Three bedroom villa 'Dionysos' (373) with private pool and pretty garden. Peaceful location within Aphrodite Hills Resort

26 Acheon Street, Kouklia, Paphos District
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Local Museum Pallaipafou and Sanctuary of Aphrodite are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Villa 247 - Andromeda
    Villa 247 - Andromeda

    Villa 247 - Andromeda

    11 Acheon Street, Kouklia, Paphos District
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Secret Valley Golf Club and Local Museum Pallaipafou are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Stunning Villa in Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort and Spa
      Stunning Villa in Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort and Spa

      Stunning Villa in Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort and Spa

      Achaion St21, Kouklia, Paphos
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Kouklia villa is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Aphrodite Hills Golf and Aphrodite's Rock. Local Museum Pallaipafou and Sanctuary of Aphrodite are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Villa 252 - Galata
        Villa 252 - Galata

        Villa 252 - Galata

        21 Acheon Street, Kouklia, Paphos District
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Secret Valley Golf Club and Local Museum Pallaipafou are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Modern Villa Located Within Aphrodite Hills
          Modern Villa Located Within Aphrodite Hills

          Modern Villa Located Within Aphrodite Hills

          Amathus Street, Aphrodite Hills, Kouklia
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Local Museum Pallaipafou and Sanctuary of Aphrodite are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Fantastic Villa Situated on Aphrodite Hills
            Fantastic Villa Situated on Aphrodite Hills

            Fantastic Villa Situated on Aphrodite Hills

            Amathus Street, Aphrodite Hills, Kouklia
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Local Museum Pallaipafou and Sanctuary of Aphrodite are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              3 bed villa modern villa with private pool
              3 bed villa modern villa with private pool

              3 bed villa modern villa with private pool

              Amathus Street, Aphrodite Hills, Kouklia
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Local Museum Pallaipafou and Sanctuary of Aphrodite are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Spacious villa with private pool and free Wifi
                Spacious villa with private pool and free Wifi

                Spacious villa with private pool and free Wifi

                Amathus Street, Aphrodite Hills, Kouklia
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kouklia, this villa is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Aphrodite Hills Golf and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Aphrodite's Rock. Local Museum Pallaipafou and Sanctuary of Aphrodite are also within 6 miles (10 km).