Cyprus is renowned as the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The “Petra tou Romiou” area is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Cyprus, where, according to mythology, Aphrodite rose from the waves. The Greek name, “Petra tou Romiou” (“the Rock of the Greek”) is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who, according to legend, kept the marauding Saracen Arabs (7th-10th centuries) at bay with his amazing strength. With one hand he was said to have grabbed hold of the Kyrenia mountain range thereby forming “Pentadaktylos”, the Five Finger mountain, while with the other hand he heaved a huge rock and tossed it into the sea at the Saracens who were trying to land. The rock still remains and thus gave the region its name.
It is situated on the southwest coastal zone, on the main Paphos-Limassol road, 10km east of the town of Paphos. The area constitutes a typical Mediterranean eroded scrubland due to fires and overgrazing. It is part of the Natura 2000 network, exhibiting excellent scenery and includes various recreational facilities such as picnic site, nature trails and view points.
The site is a stop on the Aphrodite Cultural route.
Courtesy of the CTO