Family run hotel very close to Heraklion, AROLITHOS TRADITIONAL CRETAN VILLAGE
Tylisos, Heraklion, Crete
Guest house Small Traditional hotel
Eleven kilometers away from the city of Heraklion, on the way to Anogia, the village and the traditional hotel Arolithos, have been entirely built with respect to the local architecture by the Saloustrou family so as to offer to their guests the best of Cretan hospitality and traditions. At this hotel, you will follow the Cretan way of life throughout the duration of your stay!
The family property is spread out in twenty-two acres. The Arolithos hotel is the perfect representation of an authentic Cretan village, with its central square, the church, the colorful alleys and craftsmen working in their shops.
The traditional rooms are divided into small neighborhoods in the streets of the village and are situated either on the ground floor or on the first floor. All are quite large, with simple amenities, while the furniture and decor are typical examples of Cretan art.
You will find a welcoming reception at your disposal, where they will inform you about all activities in the region.
You can drink something and relax at the small traditional coffee shop or the cafeteria that opens in the evening or even in the coffee shop/bar by the pool (depending on the season).
The restaurant opens from noon till midnight and offers excellent Cretan cuisine. It also has an ISO certification and the kitchen has been described as "authentic Greek cuisine". When weather permits, breakfast is served outside.
The area around the swimming pool is beautifully landscaped with chairs, sun beds and umbrellas and stunning views of the valley of Heraklion.
Guest Inn Opinion
Lovers of authenticity and less known destinations, you should come visit and stay at the Arolithos village to live at the heart of the customs and traditions, and the cuisine of Crete.
Map & Access
From Heraklion (11 kms, approximately 20ʼ) Follow the National Road Heraklion-Rethymno and then follow the direction towards Anogia and Tyllisos. From Chania (136 km) and Rethymnon (78 km) Follow the National Road Chania – Rethymnon - Heraklion. Arriving to the region of Gazi, exit the National Road following the signs for Gazi – Tylissos - Anogia. The Arolithos Traditional Hotel is located 1,5 km before Tylissos and there is a signpost.
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To see / To do
At the hotel
The competitive advantage of the Arolithos Village is the museum of rural history and folk art, established by the patriarch of the family many years ago. At the museum old objects from the region are collected and restored. It is known throughout the island for the rare and precious pieces that showcase the folk history of Crete. Guided visits are organized every day. You can get more information at the reception.
Don’t miss the two “Original Cretan houses” open to the public, which are exact replicas of Cretan houses and the lifestyle of the older times.
You'll find also a traditional grocery store with the basics and many Cretan products.
Visit the “Folk Art Village” with many local artisans that you can get acquainted with their art: painting, mosaic making textiles, icons, “komboloe, Worry-beat” conception. Workshops on those activities are organized (with extra charge).
Cretan cuisine and pastry cooking lessons and traditional Bakery lessons are organized during the season (with extra charge). For more information please CLICK HERE or get more information at the reception.
The Arolithos Festival and events
Evenings of Greek and Cretan dance and music are organized several times a week.
At the small chapel, at the main square, baptisms and weddings take place during all weekends from May to September, with unique Cretan feasts dominated by traditional music and dance.
If you want your peace and quiet, you might prefer to stay in the village during the weekdays, if not, come during the weekend to join the Cretan feasts! You are welcome!