Thalori means sea and hill and it is this rare coupling that lends a unique accommodation experience in southern Crete.
In the historic village of Kapetaniana, nestling in a stone ridge of Asterousia mountain range, lays the complex of Thalori Guesthouses which combine original Cretan hospitality with a number of nature activities in mountain and sea. “Thalori” means “sea” and “hill” and it is this rare coupling that lends a unique accommodation experience in southern Crete.
Thalori consists of 20 traditional houses, each with a distinctive personality. The houses are an integral part of the village, maintaining their Cretan architecture, combining traditional style with the comforts of today. The restaurant of the Guesthouse serves local dishes made from local ingredients, while the list of recommended activities (in nature or not) but also the attractions of the area covers all tastes.
Set against the sacred Kofinas peak and the blue of the Libyan Sea; feel free to experience in Thalori the authentic Crete, in a landscape totally austere, rough and beautiful, in a corner of the Cretan land with a long history and untouched nature.
THALORI Guesthouses are an integral part of the residential complex of Kapetaniana. These traditional houses are renovated with respect to their Cretan architecture, maintaining the fortress and monasterial elements associated with the history of the settlement. At the same time, special care was given to the preservation of the distinct identity of each house – guest room.
Stone and wood remain the dominant materials of the guesthouses whilst the natural rock is integrated harmoniously even in their indoor areas. The wooden loft, the stone arches, the utilitarian recesses in the walls and the stone-built fireplaces are still some elements of the traditional Cretan architecture which you will find here. This authentic Cretan atmosphere is complemented by the woven and embroidered carpets and fabrics, the handmade curtains and the traditional decorative objects. At the same time, Thalori’s Guesthouses are endowed with modern amenities such as flat screen TV, sound system, kitchen, personal care items in the bathroom, etc. Thalori offers double, triple, quadruple and quintuple guesthouses ideal for couples, groups of friends and of course, families.
LocationHow to get to Thalori Guesthouses by car:
From “Nikos Kazantzakis” Airport of Heraklion, take the exit for the National Road towards Heraklion - Rethymno. Take the third exit you will encounter, and follow the National Road Heraklion - Mires, heading towards Mires. Once you pass Agia Varvara and just before you get to Agioi Deka follow the exit to Vagionia village and continue towards Loukia village. After Loukia, ascend the Asterousia Mountains and continue until you reach the village of Kato Kapetaniana. You have now reached your final destination, the complex of THALORI Guesthouses. The total distance is 68 km and it takes 60-70 min.
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Touristorama traveled in southern Crete to meet the owner of Thalori Guesthouses, who created one of the most beautiful hotels there.