The City of Paphos and its Name

Paphos is a small, coastal and very romantic city in southwestern Cyprus, named after the daughter of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and the legendary Greek sculptor Pygmalion. It was the capital of Cyprus in Greco-Roman times.

Walking along the sea in Paphos
Karel Frydrýšek, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Location and Attractions

Paphos lies at the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.

25 km east of the island is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite: the “Rock of Aphrodite”, also known as “Petra Tou Romiou”, named after the legendary Byzantine border guard Dighenis Akritas, is a place of spectacular beauty and one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus!

Near the Rocks of Aphrodite lie the ruins of the famous Temple of Aphrodite dating back to the 12th century BC.

Paphos: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The city of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the World Heritage and every year many tourists from all over the world gather in Paphos to admire its extraordinary beauty, cultural richness and exotic romantic environment.

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Evangelia Hatzitsinidou is the creator and author of which has been merged with She has been writing about Greek Mythology for almost twenty years. A native to Greece, she teaches and lives just outside Athens.