What’s to see on the drive from Panokosmos
This drive from Panokosmos goes to the Creta Carob factory, the old village of Argiroupoli, the ancient tombs of Lappa and the taverna serving fresh trout farmed from rock pools formed by the stream. then to Lake Kournas, the largest lake in Crete, with the old village of Kournas overlooking it.
In more detail
This route takes the fast route on the national road to get to Rethymnon Prefecture. Subsequently leaving at Pirgos you head thru Episkopi, quite a big village with an interesting church if you have time.
At Agiroupoli there’s lots to see – a little below the village and a fair walk away are the Roman tombs cut in the rock at Lappa.
It’s an atmospheric place, the tombs cut into the soft rock, overhanging with moss and shaded by a huge plane tree.
A circuit of the village takes in the Roman Mosaic floor similarly there are some interesting Venetian doorways and housefronts.
Visit the carob factory in order to learn about the many culinary uses of the carob, and sample and buy the products. We love the carob syrup which has an unusual sweet sour taste and at Panokosmos we use it in dressings and sauces, as well as drizzled on home made ice cream!
Afterwards down near the stream is the taverna we recommend, a bit touristy, but a wonderful setting under the trees, with fresh trout farmed from the pools in the stream right by your table!
To Kournas Lake
Back via Kournas village up on the hill and then down to Lake Kournas, the largest lake in Crete. Again a bit touristy around the near side, you can hire a pedalo for example. Although that is quite a good way to explore the quieter side. Or walk around the built up area brings you to a path to the quiet far side.
Drive from Panokosmos: Route on Google Maps
Listing of the places with our comments
Not at Panokosmos?
If you like the look of this drive and the info, why not take a look at Panokosmos – the luxury of a first class hotel, the privacy of a private villa, above all the atmosphere of staying with friends. We’ve got lots more suggestions for you.
Lots more to see and do…
In any case for your holiday in Crete you might like to look at our blogs which show things to do in Crete, whether it be walking a gorge, hiking in the foothills of the White Mountains, or taking a drive to see the sites. Chania is a great town to visit, particularly to go to the street markets, and of course you’ll want to get the benefits of the Cretan diet – be it the yoghurt and cheese, or the olive oil.