Paphos is a great starting point for a number of day trips around the island of Cyprus. For instance, the Akamas Peninsula, which is to the north-west of Paphos, is full of places to explore. The peninsula is home to sandy beaches, gorges, and a very diverse wilderness that lends itself to hours, if not days, of exploration. The Androlykou and Petratis Gorges are located in the north part of the peninsula. The southern portion of the peninsula is home to the Avakas Gorge, which has very high, steep cliffs that converge at the top, making a tunnel-like opening at the bottom of the gorge, where a stream runs. Because the Akamas Peninsula is very remote (Paphos is the nearest town at over 38 kilometres away), the area is widely unspoiled by humankind.
A scenic drive through the Troodos mountains rewards explorers with the quaint village of Nikokleia and a number of small inns, villages, and wineries. For a touch of mythical magic, visit the Aphrodite Hills. Here, the Rock of Aphrodite sits in the sea and is said to be the site Aphrodite ascended to Cyprus. There is legend surrounding the rock. It is said that if you swim around the Aphrodite’s Rock, you will be blessed with eternal beauty. Unfortunately, this may be a bit too adventurous for most travellers, as this part of the sea is known to be quite rough. Instead, travellers can climb the rock and even visit a tourist shop and restaurant.
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