The Pafos district is one of the most beautiful parts of the island. beauties. Here are some places not to be missed:
Petra tou Romiou
This is a large rock on the southern shores of Cyprus. It is lapped by the sea, with a number of limestone rocks that have fallen off the cliff lying in the waves. According to legend, this rock was thrown against pirates by Dighenis Akritas, a legendary Byzantine hero. The view from the clifftop (from the road to Lemesos (Limassol) road) at sunset is so majestic that it is no wonder that this spot is believed to have been where the goddess Aphrodite rose from the waves.
This is a coastal locality with a rocky, rough beach and sea-grottos created by erosion. The grottos are grouped all around a small bay. Rocks scattered here and there in the sea, give the scenery almost unreal magnificence. This spot is located to the northwest of Pafos, near the small island of Agios Georgios tis Pegeias (Geronisos). There are small sea-grottos further to the east towards Coral Bay and to the west towards Akamas.
Α locality to the west of Kantarkastoi towards the Akamas peninsula. The spot is secluded, wild and imposing, with a magnificent sandy beach in the south-eastern, small bay. Turtles are bred in the area, in particular the species of Chelonia mydas which was in danger of extinction.
The Akamas Peninsula
This is the western tip of Cyprus. The area is difficult to reach and particularly imposing and wild. The coast is rocky.
The Avakas gorge
An impressive gorge, about 2 km long, between 3 and 10 m wide at its bottom and over 80m height at its deepest point. It is crossed by the river of the same name, which flows into the sea between Cape Drepano and Lara. The gorge is accessible along a country road going through the village of Arodhes. It is particularly imposing when viewed from the bottom, but getting there can be a feat, which requires special training.
The Fontana Amorosa (Love Spring)
An enchanting locality in the Akamas peninsula with a legendary, fresh-water spring. It is a beautiful, rocky, small bay surrounded by rich, wild vegetation. It is one of the most alluring spots in Cyprus, although not easily accessible by land. Its name is attributed to the Italian poet of the Renaissance, Lodovico Ariosto.
Another beautiful spot in the Akamas area, although not located by the sea. It lies to the west of the village of Neo Chorio, through which it can be reached. The vegetation is luxuriant. Legend has it that in this place the mythical Byzantine hero Dighenis Akritas was reunited with Righena, a beautiful and mysterious queen of Cypriot legends and traditions. The ruins of a medieval watch-tower found on the top of a hill in the Akamas area to the west of Smighies, is supposed to be the Righena's castle. From this summit, especially in the afternoon, there is an excellent view of the whole Akamas peninsula.
The Baths of Aphrodite
Α locality close to the sea, in the eastern hillside of the Akamas, which can be reached through Polis of Chrysochous. It is a vertical, limestone rock with a cavity, forming a shallow cave. Water springs up from the rock, falling gently like rain-drops to its foot, forming a small pool. All around the vegetation is so luxuriant, so much so that both the spring and the pool are constantly shaded. This spring is the mythical place, where Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty and Love, used to take her bath.
Stavros tis Psokas
Α mountain locality in the Pafos forest where the station of the Forestry Department is situated. It is the area where the moufflon , a species of wild sheep, found only in Cyprus, can be spotted.
The Cedar Valley
Α mountain locality in the Pafos forest, between the districts of Pafos and Lefkosia (Nicosia). It is crossed by the country road which joins the village of Panagia with the monastery of Panagia tou Kykkou. The exceptional beauty of the valley lies in its imposing endemic cedars.
Three other interesting mountain localities in the Pafos district have the remnants of three old bridges. The Skarfos bridge lies between the villages of Evretou and Sarama over the river Stavros tis Psokas, built in 1618. The bridge of Kelefos over the river Roudia in the Pafos forest, lies to the northwest of the village of Agios Nikolaos, while the bridge of Roudia lies over the river Xeros, east of the village of Vretsia.