If you’re looking to do something a little different and enjoy a picturesque setting at the same time, then the Adonis Baths are definitely worth visiting.
According to local folklore, Adonis, the Greek God of Beauty, looked after his horses at these baths and hunted in the nearby woods. Allegedly, Adonis and Aphrodite had several of their children here, and the people of Paphos are thought to be their descendants.
Whether you believe these stories or not, the Adonis Baths are something you have to see on your trip to Paphos. However, we’ve got a few ideas for other things you can see and do while you’re here, so you get the most out of your visit.
As you wander along the path, you’ll eventually reach the first of many waterfalls. Here you’ll find several sculptures depicting various Greek gods including Adonis and Aphrodite.
The central lagoon is a stunning shade of emerald green; it sits just below a cascading waterfall surrounded by rugged looking cliffs and luscious vegetation.
If you have time, you pencil in a visit to the Ayios Neophytos Monastery. It’s just a couple of miles away from the Adonis Baths and is well worth a visit. Back in 1159, Saint Neophytos founded this site. However, the main church you see today was built roughly 200 years after he passed and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Interestingly, the bulk of the monastery stands inside a cave enclosure. Here you can see fantastic icons dating back to the Byzantine age. The quality of artwork here is nothing short of outstanding.
In addition to the baths themselves, there’s a tiny museum dedicated to authentic Cypriot life. If you’re interested in traditional culture, don’t miss out on this attraction.
When you’re at the Adonis Baths, take a quick dip in one of the many natural pools. Legend has it that they’re a source of both virility and eternal youthfulness. The water’s a little cold at first, but you soon get used to it once you’re in.
Don’t forget to touch the statues of Adonis and Aphrodite before you leave, especially if you want to start a family, as doing this is supposed to enhance fertility.
Myths aside, the scenery here is fantastic, it’s the perfect way to spend a chilled afternoon.
Top tips for first-time visitors
The Adonis Baths are located roughly 12km northeast of Paphos, and some resorts will lay on excursions.
You can visit any day of the week from 10am until 6pm.
While children get in free, there’s a €9 admission fee for adults, so be sure to bring a bit of cash with you.