Looking back, our Cyprus escapade starts like this.
We arrived in Paphos Airport at 23:40, the last plane of the day. How did I know? Because they’re turning off the lights when we came out from the restroom. Second to the last bus trip going to town is 00:00 which we missed by minutes and the last one is 01:30. We had slight mishap with our AirBnB host also, he thought we’re arriving 12pm instead of 12am or something like that, it was sorted out and our stay had been good.
We found ourselves a kind taxi driver who charged as with half of what others were offering, but instead of dropping us in Karavella Station he stopped in Harbour Station. I’ve been to Paphos before so we asked him to drop us in correct station, he thought we staying near Habour station like most tourist does. So the start of our trip was pretty exciting.
Next morning was Tomb of the Kings and Aphrodite’s Rock day, Bath of Aphrodite’s wasn’t on the list until we get to station. As usual I woke up late, we left the apartment around 9 for Tomb of the Kings. After Tomb of the King we’re supposed to go to Aphrodite’s Rock, we’re aiming for sunset. Since it was too early we decided to add another activity, Bath of Aphrodite.
Bath of Aphrodite
We traveled 3 hours and alighted 3 buses for WHAT?!
That’s exactly what we’re thinking when we saw Bath of Aphrodite. Bath of Aphrodite is located in Akamas Peninsula near the village of Latchi, fabled to be a bathing pool of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, love and fertility. Legend says that in that pool she met Adonis when he stopped to drink and they immediately fell in love. Dipping in the pool by a mere mortal would restore the human qualities of the goddess represent. However it is forbidden to enter the pool these days.
The pool itself though is nowhere near of what I expected. It’s just a small pond, a kiddie pool in a cave with a small spring. It’s surrounded by fig trees and beautiful flowers. A botanical garden was created around the area and the pool is accessible by a small trail.
If you only go there for Bath of Aphrodite’s sake you’d be disappointed like I was. I should have read more about the place. However it’s not all bad going to Akamas Peninsula. The beach below Bath of Aphrodite is amazing and the view is breathtaking. It’s a saving grace of the place.
It was scorching day, we’re parched but unlike Adonis we can’t drink in the pool. For non deity like us there’s a restaurant overlooking the beach. The blue water was refreshing as our drinks. After a short rest, we took stairs down to pebbled beach, we didn’t had time to swim, we just strolled in the cool clear water.
Blue Lagoon is also near, highly recommended by locals but we didn’t got the chance to visit. Could have been nice to stay around a bit, feel the breeze, immerse ourselves in mythical charm of the place, but we couldn’t. We were racing against time to catch a bus to Aphrodite’s Rock.
Although we knew we’ll never make it, we still went to Aphrodite’s Rock that day. We’re in denial, I’m in denial, the sunset was already setting as we left the station. It’s twilight when we arrived on the Rock, we saw it’s silhouette in the distant, so near yet so far. We never bother getting off the bus, we’re afraid to alight and find ourselves stranded in the middle of nowhere. The next bus on that route was at 11pm.
We can’t leave Paphos without going to Bath of Aphrodite so we went the next day. First Trip.
Aphrodite’s Rock is also known as Petra Tou Romiou or Rock of the Romans. A geological formation along coastline of Paphos to Limassol. According to Greek mythology, goddess Aphrodite rose from foam on this rock hence it’s birthplace. Another story transcribed the life of Digenes Akrites in an epic. in the story he kept he invading Saracens off the bay, thus the recent name Petra Tou Romiou.
Since we took the first trip, we had the place all to ourselves. We took shameless selfies, we don’t care, no one’s around anyway.
I like the rock because of it’s mythical implication, it’s good but there’s nothing much to do aside from swimming.
Tomb of the Kings
Tomb of the Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a large necropolis in Paphos Cyprus dated back to 3rd Century BC. Although it named Tomb of the Kings, there’s actually no king buried there. It is burial site for a well to do aristocrats and high officials. Underground tombs are carved on rocks, some simulating an actual house with rooms, columns and water well. The whole cemetery was huge, overlooking the sea with desertly feel.