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There is a shady pool on the Akamas Peninsular near Paphos in Cyprus where it is said the water can make a woman grow younger. It is believed to be the pool where the goddess of love went to bathe.

A cool grotto bathed in myth and legend is tucked away in a natural park on wild Akamas Peninsular near Paphos. It is here that legend says Aphrodite, the goddess of love (read about the Greek Gods in our blog), used to bathe – hence the name, the Baths of Aphrodite.

The small pool is in the shade of an ancient fig tree. Branches grow over the water, lush green foliage shrouds a cave and water runs down the rocks around the pool. At certain times of year there is a waterfall.

Legend says Aphrodite was born in the Aegean and walked ashore on a beach near Paphos. This pool is said to be where the goddess bathed and where she met Adonis, who fell in love with her the moment he saw her. 

Baths of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Cyprus.

Other, more recent, myths have grown up around it. One says that women who bathe in the pool become more beautiful and youthful. Sadly, perhaps, bathing is banned for visitors. Eels and the occasional water snake have been spotted in the water.

The five-metre wide grotto is an hour’s drive from Paphos harbour and about 10 minutes from the seaside town of Latchi. There is a car park and a café from where visitors walk through a gorgeous botanical garden and then follow a steep footpath through trees to the pool. There is no charge.

The fascinating grotto with it’s amazing link to mythology is only one attraction on a beautiful peninsular that has spectacular sea views, hiking trails adorned with native wildlife and fauna - and the chance to follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite.

One path on Aphrodite’s Trail leads from the grotto and goes through the Akamas Natural Reserve Park to a 500-year-old oak tree, possibly a descendant of the tree where she allegedly rested after bathing. 

Then there are two three-mile tracks, one called Aphrodite, the other Adonis. They each take about two hours to walk. Wear walking boots or decent shoes.  There are walking tours and 4x4 safari excursions in the Akamas park.

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