The Baths of Aphrodite is a small pond in a cavern 35-40 km from Paphos and 8 km from Polis. There are clear, organised routes to this attraction, which is one of the most recognisable places in Cyprus and very popular with groups of tourists.

Legend has it that the water in these natural baths where Aphrodite met her lover, Adonis, has rejuvenating properties for those who bathe or wash in it.

Small fish swim in the crystal-clear water of the pond. Nearby, there are eucalyptus trees and about 500 plant species in the botanical garden and the air is fresh and crisp. There is a cute beach near the baths with a cafe. Access to the baths is free of charge.

Aside from the baths, there is another, perhaps more impressive sight to be seen in the area: the trails of Aphrodite, which lead off into the heights above the baths. There are independent walking tours on offer with several 2-4-hour routes. From the elevated walking trails, there is a stunning view of the azure bays and you can soak up the beauty of Akamas Park, which is home to the baths.

It takes about 30 minutes to get from Paphos to the Baths of Aphrodite by car. There’s a car park within walking distance so you can stop nearby and set off on a relaxed exploration of the pond and the surrounding area.

The 622 bus runs from Polis to the baths but it is a bit of a walk from the bus stop.