and the Surroundings
All you need to know about Crete, Kapsaliana and the surroundings. Kapsaliana village is located in the prefecture region of Rethymnon, just 18km from the main town, 4 km from the historical Arkadi Monastery, 75km from the International Airport of Heraklion and
85km from the International Airport of Hania. The access is easy and fast, whichever point you are coming from.
Kapsaliana is built at an altitude of 260m over the sea and in the heart of one of the biggest olive groves of the island. Here you will feel the splendor of the natural environment of Crete, living in an authentically restored traditional village of the island.
-Arkadi Monastery. 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.
Within the wider region and borders of the same region, you can also visit the highly important cemetery of the Necropolis of Armeni of the post-Minoan age (13th – 12th century B.C.), the Axos village -one of the most important cities of the Minoan, Geometric and Romaic Age- and the Melidoni Cave.
-Rethymnon. One of the most beautiful cities of Crete, Rethymnon is the administrative and commercial center of this prefecture region of Crete. Within only 30min from the Kapsaliana Village Hotel, you find yourself in this beautiful city where you can enjoy walking along the Venetian port, the old city, the market and around other city attractions.
-Margarites village. The Margarites village has a long tradition and history on ceramic art, which has been until today the main occupation of the village. It is really worth visiting the ceramic workshops and shops that keep this beautiful tradition alive.
-Tip: 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.