Cyprus is the country of the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. The inhabitants use this to market their country and you’ll find her name everywhere on the island. According to mythology, Cronus had cut off the genitals of his father Uranus (yes, a weird story) and thrown them into the water. And out of the foam of the waves came Aphrodite.
The southern coast near Κούκλια is claimed to be the birthplace of the goddess and there is a rock in the water that people associate with here. It is believed that if couples swim around three times they’ll receive everlasting love. And therefore, many people come to swim at this beach. There is a carpark and a small snack bar, and a tunnel brings you safely to the shore and you can pay tribute to this special goddess.
Aphrodite in Greek mythology is in Roman mythology called Venus. You might know here from Sandro Botticellis masterpiece ‘La nascita di Venere‘ (‘The Birth of Venus‘) which you can find at the Galleria degli Uffizi at Firenze, Italy.
Κούκλια / Kouklia