Angouseliana

The Angouseliana is a village in the prefecture of Rethymno, located 25 km far from the city of Rethymno and 13 km far from the village of Spili.

At an altitude of 350 meters, the Angouseliana is built on a small plain which eventually joins the valley of the village Koksare.

The Angouseliana is rather new settlement, which includes the Palaioloutra village. Its first inhabitants were from the village of Kousé of Moires, from where the settlement ended up getting its name.

The village of Angouseliana has been inhabited since the ancient times, since there is evidence of centuries-long human presence in the region. Today, the number of the permanent residents of the village rises up to about 250 persons; they lead mostly self-sufficient way of life and are family related among them.

The legend of the estate of Markarina is the most distinguishing in Angouseliana, projecting the village as one of the hundred cities of Minoan Crete, before being destroyed by an earthquake, and talking about hidden treasures, explaining the numerous pits dug in the area, since theoretically there was an old mint of Crete here.

The residents of Angouseliana are engaged in breeding peacocks, while in the village there also are two large modern units for cheese and oil production. Moreover, the village has a library that aims to become mobile in order to spread the books throughout the municipality.

Finally, the still unexplored cavern called Neraidotrypa (the hole of the fairies) can be found in the area of Angouseliana, with the European hiking path passing nearby. Furthermore, in the middle of the village there is a newly constructed Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist).