The Kapsaliana Village Hotel is located near the small and picturesque town of Rethymno and is a great destination for all year round.
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
Spring in Kapsaliana Village Hotel: A wonderful period to visit Kapsaliana Village Hotel to enjoy the blossoming flowers, air overflown with natural aromas, wild flowers 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 definitely 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 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 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 Kapsaliana Village Hotel.
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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 centre 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 centre 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 tiny small village of Maroulas. She is specialist in tea-mixtures and oil essences from native plants which help 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 temperatute markedly cooler, ideal for fine walking and hiking as well. The upper and lower village are 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 definitely 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 favourite spot on the 8.5 km beach that stretches from Skaleta Georgioupoli all the way to Rethymno.
Or maybe head to the southern coast for some really 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 (Holly 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 (Holly 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 the 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 centre 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 harbour 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 to visit Rethimnon's Archaelogical 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, jewellery, 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 estuardy 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 harbour, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it is an extraordinary 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.
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