The Enclosure of Agios Neophytos
The other day we set off to find the Enclosure of Agios Neophytos. We had seen a video of it and it looked interesting. A remote monastery in a cliff? That ticks all the right boxes. However, there wasn't much to see when we found the enclosure. We had neglected to pick the key up, and our view through the gate didn't reveal much. Fortunately, the journey to and from the place was so much fun that yet again I find myself having to cherry pick the best pictures rather than pad an article out. So enjoy our journey, and with the map at the end to guide you, why not plan your own route...?
Agios Neophytos is on the edge of Oreites Forest, above Kouklia. We set off from Polemi and opted for the scenic route. We came across the Ezousa Valley and headed towards Maronas. This shot, (A) on the map, shows us looking back to Episkopi and Minthis Hills.
We haven't really explored the countryside this side of the Ezousa Valley yet. Between Letymbou, Lemona and Nata is quite a large area we need to investigate. That will be another time though.
The poppies are out in force too.
We went from Nata to Choletria, then cross country (on a good track) down to Fasoula (point B on the map). Now, Fasoula will get it's own blog in due course, as it is a lovely little village. However, as we were taking some photographs, we met the local priest, so thought it worth a mention.
The Local Priest
In true Cypriot fashion, he invited us to sit down and have a coffee. We also had some oranges and some very nice cake. We passed the time of day talking politics and discussing the weather.