Cultural routes

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.

Palaepafos Aphrodite Cultural Route (Aphrodite Routes)

Pafos, 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.

Aphrodite’s Cultural Route

Start Point:  Kouklia Village

End Point:  Aphrodite, Adonis and Fontana Amoroza Nature Trails

Kition Aphrodite Cultural Route (Aphrodite Routes)

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.

Aphrodite’s Cultural Route

Start Point: Kition – Kathari

End Point: Kyrida Aphrodite Nature Trail at Cape Greko

Amathous Aphrodite Cultural Route (Aphrodite Routes)

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.

Aphrodite’s Cultural Route

Start Point:  Acropolis of Ancient Amathous

End Point: Lemesos District Museum