Petra tou Romiou beach is one of the most famous beaches in Cypruswhich thousands of people visit every year and bathe in its surrounding waters. It is on the road between Paphos and Limassol.
Petra Tou Romiou or Aphrodite’s Rock is not something to be missed by any tourist or even by any of the locals. Basically It is a large rock in the depths of the ocean where you can swim and climb on to it but you will need to be carefull.
On the rock there are corals, seaweed and pieces of shells. This rock is surrounded by other smaller rocks in the sea and the surrounding coast area.The ancient myth though states that this rock and the surrounding ones are part of a great shell which carried the goddess Aphrodite to the shores of Cyprus, after travelling the seas and oceans.
It is supposed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of love, it is believed that she emerged from the sea at this bay.Aphrodite herself chose the famous rock to begin her life as a human. It is said that Aphrodite first travelled 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 Byzantine frontier guard who used to throw these ‘petras’ in the sea. According to tradition the legend “Digenis Akritas” was an ancient warrior who threw the rock in order to destroy Arab ships during a raid by the Sarakinians who wanted to take over Cyprus.That is where it landed and that is how it took its name.
Lastly, the beach is extremely beautiful with crystal clear waters as it is at open sea.It is also ideal for walk and for honeymooners.