Tala
Ayios Neophytos Monastery

The village of Tala is found in the district of Paphos, 8 kilometres north of the city of Paphos, within a magical natural environment. The village connects to the monastery of "Agios Neofytos" in the northeast (about 2 kilometres), which is within its administrative boundaries. 
The average altitude of he village is approx 300metres which takes it out of the humidity zone and makes summers much more comfortable than in Paphos town andthe coast. 
Tala receives an average annual rainfall of about 520 millimetres. Grapevines (wine-making and table grape varieties), citrus fruits (orange trees, lemon trees), locust, olive, almond, and walnut trees, cereals, forage plants, vegetables, and a few banana trees are cultivated in the region.

The village has a good underground water stratum which is used to irrigate considerable tracts of land making for a lush green environmen. Tala is also included among the villages that have benefited from the irrigation project of Paphos with the irrigation of a range of 40 acres of land by the Asprokremmos dam.

An important mediaeval monument of the village is the church of Agia Ekaterini (St. Catherine) of the 15th/16th century. Also quite close to the village stands the monastery of Agios Neofytos, which has had a significant influence on various sectors in the whole life and activity of the village.
South of the village there are indications for the existence of an archaeological area from the Prehistoric times.
The village has a charming square with a good range of tavernas and restaurants and in more recent times a bakery, bank and other useful shops have a opened making this a good area for full time living as well as holiday homes.

In recent times the cats which overran Ayios Neophytos monastery were relocated to a purpose built area just down the road, closer to Tala Village. The cats have several sheds for shelter and large areas to roam in and a car park for their visitors. Local people look after the cats, feeding them and taking them to the vets when needed. 

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