Take in the culture of Cyprus by following one of the themed routes around the island.
Follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty and protectress of Cyprus. Wander through layers of history, culture and mythology as you learn all about her birth, mythology, character, the rituals connected with her cult, as well as plants and seashells associated with her.
Take a tour of the wineries and indulge in some wine-tasting, or sample other grape-based delicacies visiting an old monastery or a wine museum along the way.
See the Cyprus's famous ten Byzantine churches on UNESCO's World Heritage List scattered throughout the Troodos mountain areas with their remarkable pitched wooden roofs, icons and frescoes
Amathous Aphrodite Cultural Route
The ancient city kingdom of Amathous on the Bay of Lemesos (Limassol) was probably founded by Greek Mycenaean settlers in the 12th to the 11th centuries BC and was one of the most important kingdoms where Kyprida Aphrodite was celebrated. The ruins of the temple of Aphrodite can be seen at the main archaeological site of Amathous. The District Museum of Lemesos complements the visit with in-depth information about the celebrated goddess. The acropolis with the Sanctuary of Aphrodite has no official entrance. Visitors are asked to use the official entrance to the lower city site and walk up the stairs leading to the top of the acropolis. This visit is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.
Start Point: Acropolis of Ancient Amathous
End Point: Lemesos District Museum
Kition Aphrodite Cultural Route
Larnaka (Larnaca) and the Agia Napa area offer a combination of visits. The main archaeological site is Kition - Kathari where visitors can explore the links of the ancient city of Kition with the Goddess Kyprida Aphrodite and the area's ties to the sea.
Start Point: Kition - Kathari
End Point: Kyprida Aphrodite Nature Trail at Cape Gkreko
Palaepafos Aphrodite Cultural Route
Pafos (Paphos), as the area that played a dominant role in the genesis of Kyprida Aphrodite, combines the most interesting visits. These include the main archaeological site of Palaepafos (Kouklia), the Chalcolithic site of Lempa, a number of museums, nature sites and trails. Visits can start from any site.
Start Point: Kouklia Village
End Point: Aphrodite, Adonis and Fontana Amoroza Nature Trails