The history of the village of Kapsaliana and the Kapsaliana Village Hotel is unique. Every single stone, every single inch of land, every single building and tree has its own story to tell to the visitors of the village while they enjoy their stay in a distinctive hotel.
The neighboring Arkadi Monastery, the most important monastery of the island, built the church dedicated to Archangel Michael, which have been restored and is used until today. In 1763, they built the olive oil mill, which became the heart of the settlement that started being constructed around it. At its peak, fifty people lived in the village.
Architecture. Kapsaliana is a traditional, Cretan village characterized by Presidential Decree as of “High Cultural Value”. Without any architectural distortion, the village remains a characteristic example of Cretan architecture with the clear geometric volumes, of one or two-storey structures connected and combined with courtyards, stone stairs and arches. The image is completed with the characteristic doors, gates and carved stones. The high quality of the walls, doors and paintings indicate the architectural and constructing excellence of every single building.