Ten kilometres from the centre of town and 410m above sea level, the monastery of Agios Neophytos offers a unique insight into the secluded and serene life of a great theologian. It was founded by a 12th-century hermit, who made his home in a small cave carved out from the rock face. The bright Byzantine frescoes on the walls retain an astonishing freshness. A short walk away stands the church, with fine examples of later Byzantine wall paintings and hand-carved woodwork. The views are spectacular, and in summer you can order a simple lunch under the cool shade of the pines at the nearby coffee shop. The souvenir shop sells everything from icons to locally made honey and sticky confections such as pistachio-nut brittle.