Olive oil tasting in a traditional olive mill

Kapsaliana Village Hotel

Crete born, Athens and Paris educated, architect Myron Toupoyannis, first set eyes on Kapsaliana in Rethymno, Crete in the ‘70’s, he had no idea that a couple of decades later, this desolate, almost forgotten village would become a pioneering, world class resort; advocating an environmentally sound, albeit luxurious and exciting lifestyle.

Equal to none, nowadays Kapsaliana, Village hotel stands out on a multiplicity of levels: A breathtaking natural location steeped in history and tradition; a paradigmatic work of architectural restoration; effortlessly chic accommodation; incredible food; unforgettable experiences; an inspiring ethos of sustainability and service that is uncannily intuitive and wholeheartedly hospitable.

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The Experience

Live the ultimate experience in our historic olive grove which dates back to 1763. The Old Olive Mill at Kapsaliana Village Hotel used to belong to the historic Arkadi Monastery, was a ‘source of life’ for more than 200 years and the reason Kapsaliana village was built.

Your Itinerary

Olive oil heritage of Kapsaliana


During your olive oil tasting session, you will be guided through the magic ‘Pitharia’ (giant ceramic pots filled with oil in the ancient times) room in the ‘monastic’ area of our museum.

Tasting extra virgin olive oil


The seminar allows you to get a deeper insight into olive oil history, production and practices and unravel how this oily treasure ends up in a bottle. Learn to appreciate the aromas of olive oil, such as the smell of fresh-cut grass, cinnamon and even tropical fruits.


4 extra virgin olive oils
All taxes


Food & drinks
Tips and gratuities (optional)
Transfer (optional)

All you need to know about Crete, Kapsaliana and the surroundings:

Kapsaliana Village hotel is located in the prefecture of Rethymno, Crete 18km from the main town, 4 km from the historical Arkadi Monastery, 75 km from the International Airport of Heraklion and 85 km from the International Airport of Chania. Access is easy and fast, whichever point you are coming from.

Kapsaliana hotel is built at an altitude of 260m over the sea and lies at the heart of one of the island’s biggest olive groves. Here time stands still as the splendor of Cretan nature is combined by an authentic experience of living in a quaint, meticulously restored traditional village.

Arkadi Monastery:
The historic Arkadi Monastery is located 4km from Kapsaliana Village hotel. It is the second most visited place in Crete after the archaeological site of Knossos. A pivotal stronghold of the Cretans during their struggle for independence, Arkadi Monastery played an instrumental role in abolishing the Ottoman Occupation. Nowadays Arkadi Monastery is recognised by UNESCO as a world monument of freedom. Today’s visitors will see history coming alive as they wander around the church at the centre of the monastery, the museum and the surrounding areas.

From 70,00€

Experiences Near By

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Traditional Cretan cooking lesson
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Tasting Cretan wine at Kapsaliana village
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