In the Paphos district, there are 11 Blue Flag beaches, three of which can be found in the Polis Chrysohous area. Seven of these Blue Flag beaches are equipped with facilities for people with disabilities. There is a total of 27 beaches in the district, of which almost half have limited or no housing development.
Cyprus is known as the island of beauty. The Aphrodite Rock area is one of the most beautiful coastlines on the island where, according to mythology, the Goddess Aphrodite emerged from the foams of the sea. The name ‘Petra Tou Romiou’ (Rock of the Greek) is associated with the legendary Byzantine hero, Digenes Akritas who, according to legend, kept the Saracenes from looting the area with his strength (seventh to the tenth century). Legend has it that he held onto the Kyrenia mountain range with one hand, thus forming ‘Pentadaktilos,’ the five mountain peaks, while he hurled a huge rock into the sea with his other hand to stop the Saracenes. The area, therefore, takes its name from this rock, which is still there today.
A breath taking scene of fishing boats in the background together with enchanting fishing shelters and small harbours, all create an important part of the island’s connection to the sea, which also serves as an important source for fresh fish, served in taverns all over Cyprus.
The Tomb of the Kings are located in down-town Paphos, near to the sea. The tombs received their title due to their size and grandeur. Some of these tombs probably belonged to the town’s aristocracy and not to the royal family. The tombs are carved in rock and date back to the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. Several tombs resemble the homes in which those who are buried there lived, with rooms (which are now burial chambers) which open into a patio. The Tomb of the Kings are similar to tombs found in Alexandria, which is proof of the close ties that the two cities had during the Hellenistic period.
The Akamas Peninsula, as described by the Conservation Management Plan of World Bank/EU, covers around 230 square kilometers and is located at the western end of the island. It is an area of unique natural beauty that continues to grow despite the effects of development. The uniqueness of the area for Cyprus, and for the whole of the Mediterranean, is centered on its precious ecology. The diversity of flora and fauna living in this relatively small area is truly impressive.
According to Greek mythology, the Goddess Aphrodite emerged from the foams of the sea at this location and, therefore, is known as her birthplace. This idyllic and unique sight can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The wreck that is known among divers as Manitzin is located on the island of Geroniso, between Laras and Paphos and opposite the Ayios Georgios harbour. It is 10-15 metres deep and can be accessed either by land or by boat.