The Kapsaliana Village Hotel is located near the small and picturesque town of Rethymno and is a great destination all year round.
Spent a day at Kapsaliana Village : Arrival. Your arrival at Kapsaliana Village Hotel is special. The people of the hotel will offer you a glass of fresh lemonade or a liqueur, along with traditional Cretan delicacies, while you learn the historical background of Kapsaliana by watching a specially made video. Breakfast at Kapsaliana Village Hotel near Rethymnon in Crete is a delicious and tasty experience. After a restful and rejuvenating sleep in the comfortable beds of your room or suite, take the first breath of the day filled with the aromas of thyme, sage and Cretan herbs from the window or the terrace of your room. Then head to the restaurant to enjoy your breakfast at Kapsaliana Village Hotel. Local products from local producers, cheese, yogurt, fresh bread, eggs, honey make your first meal of the day a delicious and energizing experience. Breakfast suggestions change daily so that you can try even more flavours of Crete.After breakfast you can start exploring the sites of Kapsaliana Village Hotel. Discover the restored olive mill, which was built 250 years ago and was actually the main reason the village of Kapsaliana was built. Also visit the church and places nearby that are harmonically integrated with nature. You can watch the process of bread-making, visit the vegetable garden, shop local products or attend an olive oil tasting session. Depending on the season, you can spend the day by the pool of Kapsaliana Village Hotel, or exploring the surrounding area. The pool- bar of Kapsaliana Village Hotel in summer and the lounge in winter are preparing light snacks, fresh juices, coffees and drinks for you all day round. Noon. A light meal in the restaurant will fill you with the necessary energy to continue. You can also enjoy your meal in your room. Afternoon. Ask for a bike and information on trails in the surrounding areas to start exploring the beautiful Cretan land. As you exit the hotel, you will immediately find yourself in a beautiful natural environment where olives, carob, trees, herbs and flowers are growing and you can take short or long trips. You can get to the Margarites village, which has a long tradition in pottery, and follow lessons on pottery making. If you stay at the hotel and want more relaxation, you can do yoga or massage that will rejuvenate you in the best way, or take cooking lessons. The nights at Kapsaliana Village Hotel are a feast for all the senses. Enjoy the Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel restaurant. Under the stars or in the cosy interior ambiance of the restaurant you will experience a relaxing experience with your favourite drink or a glass of local wine.
Spring in Kapsaliana Village Hotel: A wonderful period to visit Kapsaliana Village Hotel to enjoy the blossoming flowers, air overflew with natural aromas, wildflowers, and other herbs that thrive in the area create a unique natural atmosphere.
Spring activities. Spring is the perfect season for lovers of walking and cycling, while in May you can visit the nearby beaches or celebrate the first day of May. The period of Easter is also a special experience as you will live the magic and solemnity of the feast. At the Monastery of Arkadi, you will follow the procession of the Epitaph and the Resurrection of the Lord celebrated with brilliance in an evocative atmosphere.
Summer in Kapsaliana Village Hotel: The summer is undoubtedly one of the best times to enjoy the beauty of Kapsaliana and Crete. Sweet warm weather, cool evening breezes, and wonderful sunshine allow you to discover all surrounding areas, swim in crystal clear waters of the nearby beaches, visit all highlight attractions, enjoy the sun by the pool of Kapsaliana Village Hotel near Rethymnon and relax in the tranquillity of the landscape. Live an unforgettable Greek summer experience staying in our exceptional hotel.
Summer activities. Swimming is one of the experiences that should not be missed. Yoga and massage in the hotel walks and bike rides in the surrounding areas will bring you closer to the beauty of the region.
Autumn in Kapsaliana Village Hotel: Thanks to its geographical position at the southernmost region of Europe, Crete continues to have sunshine during autumn months. Especially in September and October, temperatures are high enough to enjoy your holiday visiting the points of interest in less crowded conditions. Autumn is the most romantic period in Kapsaliana Village Hotel and the serenity of the landscape creates a dreamlike atmosphere.
Autumn activities. September in Kapsaliana Village is the month when grapes are picked and the traditional raki of Crete is produced. The people of the hotel will provide you all the necessary information about the places where you can watch the entire process. In autumn starts the period of the olive harvest (October and November) and this is an experience you have to live if you are in Kapsaliana Village Hotel at that time. Do not miss the festival in the Monastery of Arkadi (November 8th) and the Arcadian Mini Marathon held annually, that attracts runners from all over the island.
Winter in Kapsaliana Village Hotel: Winter is a beautiful time to visit Crete and particularly the Kapsaliana Village Hotel. The rooms and suites with wood and stone create a warm atmosphere. Most rooms and suites have a fireplace, creating an idyllic ambiance for you and your company. The living room of the Kapsaliana Village Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy your cup of coffee in winter.
Winter activities. For those who love hiking and skiing, a visit to Psiloritis mountain is unforgettable. During Christmas and New Year the Kapsaliana Village Hotel is preparing a series of festive surprises for visitors, while in February the great carnival of Rethymno gives you another reason to visit Crete and have fun with your friends! Finally, lovers can celebrate Valentine’s Day in the unique romantic suites of the Kapsaliana Village Hotel.
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If you are looking for quiet and like to go walking, you won’t even have to use your car. The monastery of Arkadiou is about a 1,5-hour hike from the hotel. Otherwise, if you can tear yourself away from the pool and you are in for some more exploring, the beach is only 8 km from the hotel, the old town of Rethymno is a 20-minute drive, and the possibilities for longer excursions are endless
The historic Arkadi Monastery is located only 4km from the Kapsaliana Village Hotel. It is the second most visited place in Crete after the archaeological site of Knossos. Being the main center of the Cretans in their struggle for independence, the Arkadi Monastery played a highly significant role during the Ottoman Occupation. The peak of this struggle was in 1866 when they blasted the gunpowder warehouse in order not to surrender to the Turks. Visiting the monastery today, you have the chance to admire the different eras of its history wandering around the church at the center of the monastery, the museum, and the surrounding areas. The Monastery celebrates on November 8th when the Arkadian running race is held with the participation of all age groups running a distance of 18km. The Monastery is also celebrated on May 21st and August 6th, when it is really worth visiting in case you are in the Kapsaliana Village Hotel in spring or summer.
Eleftherna. A highly important archeological site, where you can follow the entire sequence of the development of the village during different historical periods. Eleftherna was built in the 9th century B.C. by the Dorian settlers and prospered until the year 796 when it was destroyed by both the attacks of the Arabs and a tremendous earthquake. Extensive excavations brought into light interesting findings, such as the organized cemetery of the Geometric Age and the water tanks, among many others. It goes without saying that Eleftherna is the most important archeological site of Western Crete. An archeological museum exhibiting all findings from the area is expected to open its doors in September 2015.
The itinerary ‘Kapsaliana – Arkadi – Eleftherna – Margarites’ is enchanting and characteristic of the Cretan landscape. The morphology of the land, the view, and natural beauty render the experience of this journey unique. Finally, the area called Amari which is southern of Kapsaliana comprising many villages is one of the most beautiful corners of the Cretan mainland giving you the chance to enjoy a truly simple and natural way of living in Crete.
Visit Marianna's Workshop at a tiny small village of Maroulas. She is a specialist in tea-mixtures and oil essences from native plants which helps to allay many complaints in a natural way. Marianna does come from Crete, and her knowledge of the Cretan plant life was in no way passed down to her from her grandmother.
Join one of our ceramic workshops at Margarites Village. Pottery is one of the oldest arts developed in Crete.
Argyroupoli Village (27 km southwest of Rethymnon) is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Lappa, one of the most important Roman cities in western Crete – of which very few remnants survive. Being in the foothills of the Lefka Ori is a watery oasis formed by springs, keeping the temperature markedly cooler, ideal for fine walking and hiking as well. The upper and lower village is well preserved and many of the Venetian mansions are still residences. Inside and around the village are excavated parts of the ancient city, Roman remains, Venetian buildings with beautiful doorways, and Byzantine churches.
The springs and the waterfalls that are located at one edge of the village are of great interest and attract many tourists during the summer. Thre are many taverns with tasty Cretan food at Argiroupoli.
Many of the paths on the surrounding hills are perfect for trekking and you should visit the Kourna Lake, the only natural lake on the island.
When you feel like a swim in the sea, drive up to the coast and find your favorite spot on the 8.5 km beach that stretches from Skaleta Georgioupoli to Rethymno.
Or maybe head to the southern coast for some stunning beaches. It’s a 1 – 1.5-hour drive to get to them, but you will be rewarded with some of the best beaches in Crete. Preveli Beach with its palm tree grove at the exit of the Kourtaliotikos Gorge is well-known, for good reasons.
Visit Roustika village and its some narrow cobblestone streets, arches, old houses, and the lovely traditional kafeneio by the square. Other village sights are the church of Panagia (Holy Mary) dating 1100, with very rare frescoes; the museum of traditional costumes from all over Greece; the Monastery of Profitis Elias built-in 1200.
Other village sights are the church of Panagia (Holy Mary) dating 1100, with very rare frescoes; the museum of traditional costumes from all over Greece; the Monastery of Profitis Elias built-in 1200.
Find the E4 walking path passes just outside Roustika and enjoy the superb gorges and the beautiful nature around.
During the summer, many traditional festivals take place in nearby regions. Therefore, maybe you are going to have the opportunity to experience traditional Cretan music and dancing.
And if you can prize yourself away from this lovely little village and your "country seat" within it, there is much opportunity for splendid drives and exploration in the center of Crete, with its impressive mountains and friendly villages. Stretching your journey for 25 minutes in one direction you can be on sandy beaches or the old town of Rethymno. In the other direction (to the south), in 20-30 minutes, you are on yet another coast and dipping toes in the Libyan sea.
Explore Rethymno's old town and especially the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbor wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, church, and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.
Don't miss visiting Rethimnon's Archaeological Museum which occupies a building almost directly opposite the entrance to the fortress. It's worth a look especially if you are going to the bigger museums in other towns. Here you could enjoy Minoan pottery and sarcophagi and lots of Roman coins, jewelry, pots, and statues, all from Rethimno province. Take a look at an unusual unfinished Roman statue of Aphrodite.
Visit the 17th-century Monastery of Preveli which perched high above the sea on the south Crete. In its cloistered closed courtyard, there is a fountain with the Greek inscription "Wash your sins, not only your face". There are also breathtaking views out to sea towards the distant and chunky-looking Paximadhia islands which have lent their name to the tooth-cracking lumps of twice-baked bread served up with mezedes in the island's kafenia.
Very close there is the sandy Palm Beach of Preveli, a sand-filled cove right at the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge, where a freshwater estuary feeds a little oasis complete with palm grove and a cluster of oleanders ( at the beginning and the end of the season it is lovely).
Other valuable visits: Armeni Minoan site, Argyroupoli (ancient Lappa) where the sound of water from springs cascades through this refreshing, taverna-laden village. Eleftherna, Axos, Zominthos archaeological sites. Amongst the significantly enjoyable, old, and historic villages: Episkopi, Spili, Amari (valley), Monastiraki, Anogia.
Head west along the coast (60km) to explore the small, picturesque, and maybe the most enjoyable of Crete's larger towns, Chania. With its Venetian-era fishing harbor, crumbling masonry, and web of alleys, it is an extraordinarily attractive town, especially if you are there in spring when the Lefka Ori's snowcapped peaks seem to hover above the roofs. Don't forget to visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in a former church, plus the romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and a market selling local handicrafts.
More activities around Rethimno Area
Check-in: 14.00 pm
Check out: 12.00 pm
Minimum Stay: 2-3 nights, depending on the season
How To Get There
The romantic and atmospheric Kapsaliana Village Hotel in a beautifully green and peaceful spot in the hilly countryside near Rethymno in Crete.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania (85km ) and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion (79km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
"The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port (70km) or Heraklion Port (76km). Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our website.
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Dining: Fantastic meals, combined with friendly and hospitable service, prepared by a top chef are served in the charming restaurant of Kapsaliana Village Hotel. Read more...
Internet Access: Free WiFi throughout
Swimming Pool: Large outdoor pool (6x16m) with spacious paved areas equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas overlooking the olive groves and the sea
Extra Facilities on site: In the former premises of the monastery olive mill and the main production area, screenings are showing the traditions, historical background, and restoration process of the traditional settlement of Kapsaliana. In the other three areas, next to the main area of the olive mill, guests can enjoy watching videos on the delivery and production of olive oil.
Spa Treatments: Special room for massage and yoga in the pool area
Disabled Access: Not suitable
Pets: Are allowed on request
Languages Spoken: Greek, English, Dutch, German. French
Parking: Free public parking is available on site