If you’re staying in Paphos on the west coast of Cyprus, there are lot of possible day trips, especially if you have a hire car.
The supposed birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, lies on the south coast of Cyprus. There are two good reasons to take a swim here, as legend says that if you swim here you will be eternally beautiful, and also that if you swim naked three times around the rock during a full moon you’ll find true love. If you’re feeling energetic there’s a nature trail which runs for around 5 miles to the west of the Rock with great sea views.
This beautiful beach lies a few miles north of Paphos. There’s a frequent bus service between Paphos and Coral Bay. We swam there a couple of times in mid March. The water was a bit cool at first but once we started swimming it was fine. Most of the beach-side cafes were shut when we were there but there were plenty of places to eat and drink in the main road that leads down to the free beach car parks.
These are located on the northern coast of the island, just to the west of the town of Polis. There’s a car park and it only takes a few minutes to walk down to the baths, where Aphrodite is said to have taken a dip or a natural shower. It can get pretty busy here when the coach tours arrive and we had to wait for a while to take our photos. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants dotted along the route from Polis to the Baths.
We had a stop at the village of Agios Demetrianos as we drove toward the monasteries. There’s the tiny cave of Agios Demtrianos which is full of icons. There are drinking water fountains outside the church, handy for filling up you water bottles. We walked along part of the nature trail and heard some very noisy frogs in a pond just off the path.
A thirty minute drive from Agios Demetrios and we arrived at Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery. It’s open to the public as it’s part of the wine route. The courtyard is very beautiful.
Just west of Limassol, is the village of Kolossi where you’ll find the castle which dates from the 12th century. It was home to the Knights of the Order of St John. It costs around 3 Euro to get in.
Posted : Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 11:00
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.