Petra tou Romiou
Between Paphos and Pissouri lies the famous rock of Petra tou Romiou, which in Greek mythology refers to Aphrodite’s birthplace. The sheer natural beauty of the area and the legendary myth attached to it makes it a popular destination.
Located just 20 minutes drive from the Louis Phaethon Beach, a visit to Petra tou Romiou offers a great opportunity to explore the beautiful coastline south east of Paphos.
During your stay at the Louis Phaethon Beach hotel treat yourself to a day trip to the breathtaking Akamas Peninsula situated on the north-western tip of Cyprus. The unspoiled coastline which leads from Paphos to Akamas boasts rugged landscapes, amazing rock formations, secluded sandy bays and spectacular promontories overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It offers excellent hiking spots and is ideal for wildlife and wild flora spotting.
Baths of Aphrodite at Polis
During your visit to the Akamas Peninsula, do not miss the Baths of Aphrodite situated near the fishing port of Latchi at the end of the Aphrodite Trail. This nature spot is home to a shaded pool naturally carved in the rock. According to the legend this is where the Greek goddess of love bathed and where she met Adonis, her lover.
The Ancient Odeon
The ancient theatre dates back to the creation of the city and was modified during Roman occupation. Once the centre of the city, the Odeon sits among other ancient buildings and is located on the hillside of the Fabrica hill. Uncovered in the 1970’s and restored to its former glory, it now hosts theatrical and musical performances during the high season.
The Villa of Theseus
The archaeological park of Kato Paphos, is like a vast open air museum featuring the remains of numerous ancient villas, a large amphitheater and unique mosaic floors. The Villa of Theseus, in particular, belonged to a Roman nobleman and had over 100 rooms; the remaining mosaics are beautifully preserved and mostly depict mythological themes.
When at Kato Pafos, take the time to explore the superb fort that overlooks the charming fishing harbour. Firstly built during the Byzantine period, this listed building went through a succession of transformations and knew many uses as a prison, a fortress or a salt warehouse during British occupation. Every September it hosts Cyprus’s annual opera festival.