Here's that absolutely breathtaking view of the mystically named Aphrodite Island again. It never ceases to captivate me every time I walk to the top of the Akamas peninsula onto Moutti tis Sotiras.
This spectacular view is close to one of Aphrodite's legends - her famous bathing pool, known as Aphrodite's Baths - well if you've been there it is really only a pool, but the Gods were famous for exaggerating!
While Cyprus is revered by holidaymakers for its beach resorts, it's the rugged coastline which captures my heart and the Magical Akamas coastline is no exception.
Head for this spot if you want to revel in nature's beauty or get active and take part in a walking or cycling holiday.
Visiting Aphrodite's Island
One must-see place to put on your itinerary is Aphrodite's Rock, over an hour's drive from her bathing spot. It can be found between Paphos and Limassol, close to the recently opened Aphrodite Hills five star resort and golf complex. From there, you can easily access the Troodos mountain range, where you can find a number of UNESCO recognised Painted Churches and monasteries, all with their own magical tale to tell.
Aphrodite's Baths aka pool!
A great way to explore either Aphrodite's attractions, the mountains or the coastal area is to base yourself in a private luxury villa, either on the coast or perhaps in one of the luxury resorts like Aphrodite Hills.
Culture vultures may want to include the capital, Nicosia, on their list of places to visit - check out the museums, stroll along backstreets in the Old Quarter or cross the border at Ledra street into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to shop for Turkish Cypriot bargains.
Party-goers will probably want to stay near Ayia Napa with its happening club scene and pristine white sand on beaches like Nissi beach, but if you want peace and quiet and a deserted stretch of provate beach, then Polis or Latchi offer better choices on the north west of Aphrodite island.
Wine lovers should put Limassol on their list of must-see places if visiting in September during the annual wine festival. or just follow one of the wine routes into the mountains to sample some of Cyprus' growing number of excellent small wineries.
Looking for a family destination? Paphos is hard to beat with a great mix of historical sites like the Tombs of the Kings and the Mosaics plus sandy beaches near Coral bay and a wealth of restaurants and bars to suit every budget. Many hotels in Paphos also offer all inclusive holidays, making a family trip to the island very affordable as you know exactly what it's going to cost you up front.
Enjoy your Aphrodite Island experience.
Article by regular visitor to the site - David Collins
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