Not a lot of places are as #beautiful as this.
Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace ‘Petra tou Romiou’ is an interesting geological formation of huge rocks along one of the most beautiful #coastlines on the #island , located on the southwest coast of the Pafos ( #paphos ) district #cyprus .
According to the legend, the Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty - #aphrodite - was born of the #seafoam here. Legend tells that she rose from the waves and was escorted on a shell to this particular #beach .
The giant rock formations, which are seen at the same location are linked with another - more recent - legend which tells that the Byzantine hero Digenis Akritas heaved them there to keep the Saracens Arabs (7th-10th centuries) at bay. The name of Petra tou Romiou (‘rock of the Greek’ in #greek ) comes from the hero.
It is said that in certain weather conditions, the #waves rise, break and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam. With imagination, this momentarily looks like an ephemeral, evanescent human shape. Other popular #myths tell that #swimming around the rock three times will bring various #blessings including eternal youth and beauty, good luck, fertility and true love.
The site is linked to the Aphrodite Cultural Route.