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“COAST LINE WALK” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #53 of 344 attractions in Cyprus
Type: Geologic Formations
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

the restraunt and cafe/souvenir shops are expensive and poor value.take a picnic and explore the nature walks, which are intersected by various seated and viewing areas.there is a recently completed kiddy park / picnic area opposite the entrance to the APHRODITE HILLS complex, which is also a good spot to park and wander around.
Also worth a visit is the nearby village of PISSOURI, only 4/5 kms further along B6 (coast road).comprises of a traditional hillside village, numerous tavernas/bars and eating places and the adjoining PISSOURI BAY some 3kms downhill from the main village...BEAUTIFUL !....

Visited March 2011
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“Take the camera”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2004

This site, on the coast road between Paphos and Limassol is also known as Aphrodite's Rock. It is said that the Goddess of Love was 'born' from the sea here.

You need to take the coast road (not the motorway) and go to the car park by the tourist pavillion, where you can go via an underground walkway to the beach and the rocks. Most tour operators also arrange excursions if you don't have a car. The site is well sign posted.

The tourist pavillion is a good place to get a cold drink but it gets busy and chaotic and isn't the most relaxing place to spend time.

When you do get to the beach you can have some fun deciding which is the actual rock that Aphrodite was 'born' on - there are several. If you want to take part in the legend, you need to swim around the rock naked, and then you will fall in love with the first local you see. The beach itself is pebbles, and the sea has strong currents, so you may decide not to risk it!

It is a beautiful place for photographs. If you do have a car, drive up the road in the Limassol direction until you get to the high cliff, where there is room for parking, as you can get a fantastic view of the bay and the rocks below.

Follow this up with a visit to Aphrodite's Sanctuary. Take the road towards Paphos and look for signs directing you to the site. There is a museum here and the remains of the temple, where the worship of the Goddess took place. It is mentioned in many classic texts and is a significant place in the history of the island. It is also the site of the ancient capital of Paphos, before it was moved further along the coast to it's current situation. Even if you don't like musuems and historical sites, it ties in nicely with a visit to the rocks, you get some great views of the coast below.

A kiosk at the entrance sells drinks etc, but once you get to the Sanctuary, up a hefty set of steps, there are no more facilities (except loos) so take some water in summer.

The rocks are free, and the Sanctuary asks for a small charge (70 cents I think).

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