The village, nestling in the hills

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

Route from Panokosmos, see https://goo.gl/maps/ncvVUNpPJgiHxGEh7

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. 

As so often, there’s a little church on site
Path to the tombs, hot in summer and unshaded
Tombs are extensive and on different levels
Some are cut deep in the rocks, with several graves, clearly for a family
Wonderful knarled old plane tree shades the area

It’s an atmospheric place, the tombs cut into the soft rock, overhanging with moss and shaded by a huge plane tree. 

Roman Mosaic
Atmospheric, but not necessarily Venetian!

A circuit of the village takes in the Roman Mosaic floor and there are some interesting Venetian doorways and housefronts. 

Carob Factory

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! 

Παλιοσ Μυλοσ Taverna

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!

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.

Route on Google Maps

https://goo.gl/maps/HU2RbG3EEmG2

Listing of the places with our comments

https://goo.gl/maps/fYRU7tjaEso