What’s to see
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. 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. 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 and there are some interesting Venetian doorways and housefronts.
At the carob factory you can 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!
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!
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.