Ayios Neophytos Monastery is 9 km north of Paphos and is set in the side of the mountains, just twenty minutes of Paphos. From the monastery you can see breath taking views of the Coral Bay coastline. Ayios Neophytos is a regal building nestling amongst the trees within the mountains.
It was founded in 1200 AD by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neophytos. Inside there is an interesting collection of gold icons and remains of they the Cypriot hermit and writer Neophytos. The Encleistra or Enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit contains the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from 12th – 15th century. There is, also, an interesting collection of gold icons and remains of the 16th century frescoes, which surround the walls and altar. To get to the monastery you have to walk up a small hill, as coaches cannot drive up this incline, as it is too narrow, so if you have walking difficulties or wheelchair then it will be unsuitable to visit this monastery.
St. Neophytos made his home in the caves, which you can still see to this day, and where his body now lays buried since 1219. The hand carvings and paintings on the wall are still clearly visible. You can wander around the court yard taking photos and browse round the gift shop, taking a few memorable gifts home with you. There is, also, a coffee shop for some of the home made carrott cake that is made here.
Unfortunately, no cameras or videos are not allowed inside the monastery or caves (post cards can be purchased in the gift shop). It is, also, pertinent that before entering the monastery you must cover your shoulders and knees.