Cyprus is steeped in ancient myth and legend and several places on the island have a particular mythological significance.
One of those is the Adonis Baths Water Falls in the Paphos area. A pretty spot, with water cascading into a tranquil and secluded pool, it is said to be the spot where lovers Adonis and Aphrodite spent much of their time. As such it has a reputation for bringing virility and long lasting youth to those who bathe in the waters. It is said that if you touch the waterside statue of Adonis and Aphrodite, you’ll be blessed with fertility, so it’s also a popular place to visit for those trying to conceive and want a little divine intervention.
Getting to Adonis Baths
Adonis Baths certainly isn’t the most accessible attraction on the island, so you need to be prepared. There is a road, but it is very rocky, and while you can get there in a car, it really isn’t advisable unless you’re in a proper off road vehicle. Instead you should think about hiring a motor bike or quad bike, or take an organised trip to the baths such as a Jeep safari. It may be a bumpy ride, but it’s worth the journey.
Take your time
After travelling along the winding roads, you’ll appreciate time to relax and unwind. There’s no need to rush here, it’s a place to take it easy and soak up the atmosphere. The emerald green waters and the seclusion of the spot really give it an otherworldly feel, as though you’ve stepped back to ancient times. But it’s also a place for having fun and there’s nothing quite like leaping from the rocks into the chilled water of the falls. It’s the perfect way to cool down when the Cyprus midday sun gets a little too hot. Because the baths are not so easily accessible, it rarely gets busy, and on occasion you may be lucky enough to have it all to yourselves, just like Adonis and Aphrodite!
More than just the waters
There’s more to see here too, so don’t just focus all your attentions on the baths themselves. There’s a small and rather quirky museum to explore, an array of interesting statues, a cafe for refreshments and some lovely walks in the surrounding area if you want to get out and stretch your legs.
Paphos has so much to offer
The Adonis Baths Water Falls are just one of the many attractions in the Paphos area. There’s just so much to see and do here. If you’re a nature lover you have a wealth of beautiful nature trails offering breath taking panoramic views. Those keen on history will enjoy the ancient sites of historic and archaeological interest, and of course everyone will enjoy the plethora of wonderful restaurants and the golden sand beaches that this area is famous for. To make the most of all that Paphos has to offer, it’s a great idea to stay in the heart of the area in your own private villa. With your own villa you can relax around your private pool after a long day exploring the island, with space to please yourself and do just what you want, when you want! Check out our selection of prestigious luxury villas now and pick out your perfect home from home for your next romantic adventure on this most magical of islands.