Geroskipou - Petra tou Romiou - Kouklia - Geroskipou, Distance 40km, or 25km up to Kouklia
This is a trekking tour in one of the nicest coastal areas of Cyprus. Starting from the Geroskipos touristic area, the route takes you to one of the most impressive natural sites of Cyprus associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
According to legend, this strikingly beautiful spot is where Aphrodite rose from the waves and the foaming sea and was then escorted on a shell at the rocks known as ‘Rock ofAphrodite’ or ‘Petra tou Romiou’ in Greek. The Greek name, Petra tou Romiou, “the Rock of the Greek”, is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenis Akritas, who kept the marauding Saracens at bay with his amazing strength. It is said that he heaved a huge rock into the sea, destroying the enemy's ships.
After a short stop for a swim at the very same sea that the goddess of love and beauty was born we head to the village of Kouklia for a lunch / coffee brake.
The village is built in the venue were "Palaipafos" (Old Pafos) -the seat of the kingdom of Pafos -stood, which was one of the most important ancient kingdoms of Cyprus.
The entire area of the community, including also the place where -today -the houses of the village are built, is an important archaeological region. Excavations have been conducted at times, bringing to surface the famous temple of "Aphrodite of Pafos" (Pafia Aphrodite), the remains of the fortification of Palaipafos, and various other movable findings that are found in the archaeological Museum situated in the village, housed in the medieval villa south of the village.
At Kouklia one has the choice to return back to Geroskipos by bike or we can arrange a lift by car!