Petra tou Romiou, Birthplace of Aphorthie

Petra Tou Romiou or #Aphrodite’s Rock is not something to be missed. 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 to destroy Arab ships during a raid by the Saracens on #Cyprus.

Petra tou Romiou beach is one of the most famous beaches in ##Cyprus. It is on the road between Paphos and #Limassol. According to legend this is where the goddess Aphrodite rose from the waves and was born. Its name however “Petra tou Romiou” came from the legend “Digenis Akritas” who was an ancient warrior.

Legend says that he threw a large rock into the water to save the island from the Sarakinians who wanted to take over. That is where it landed and that is how it took its name. The beach is extremely beautiful with crystal clear waters as it is at open sea. Watch this amazing video of the area taken from the air.

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