Adonis Baths located in Kili close to Paphos, is the perfect day trip for anyone visiting Cyprus interested in Greek Mythology and likes to be surrounded by nature and tranquil waters; it is truly a beautiful and unique area in Cyprus.
According to Greek mythology Adonis and Aphrodite had many children close to Adonis baths and the surrounding forests; as a result, many of Paphos’ citizens are hypothetically descendant from the two lovers.
Artemis was always jealous of the love between Adonis and Aphrodite and threw a golden almond into the baths to try to drown him, removing the competition. Poseidon saw what was happening and attempted to stop it by covering the golden almond with a gush to prevent Adonis from drowning.
After several more failed attempts, it was actually a simple hunting accident where he was fatally wounded, where he famously returned to the baths to die in the arms of his love, Aphrodite. Aphrodite could not bear to lose him and pleaded for him to be sent back down to earth every 6 months in Autumn and Spring it is supposed.
Not to be Missed
The baths lie below a waterfall with high cliffs on either side, giving visitors the opportunity to see and swim in the natural spring whilst relishing the two-leveled waterfalls that are strong enough to fall simultaneously next to each other, even during the warm summer droughts.
Inside the baths the statues of Adonis, Aphrodite and Dias are popular photo spots, including a statue of Priapos and Athena as well.
The locals swear of the waters healing and positive properties for both men and women who bathe in the pool; women are supposed to get more youthful and beautiful while men are supposed to get stronger.
The entrance to the baths and waterfall lies 2 kilometres from Kili village and 12 kilometres from Paphos town centre. They are about 8 kilometres from Mavrokolympos River and can be reached via Tala Village or the road to Akoursos.
The terrain and road reaching the entrance to the baths can be quite rocky, it is advisable for visitors with bicycles or motorbikes to use Tala Road; and parking away from the entrance to the baths if you don’t have a 4×4 or buggy.
For more information on the various waterfalls in Cyprus, click here.