Argyroupoli Village (27 km southwest of Rethymnon) is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Lappa, one of the most important Roman cities in western Crete – of which very few remnants survive. Being in the foothills of the Lefka Ori is a watery oasis formed by springs, keeping the temperature markedly cooler, ideal for fine walking and hiking as well. The upper and lower village is well preserved and many of the Venetian mansions are still residences. Inside and around the village are excavated parts of the ancient city, Roman remains, Venetian buildings with beautiful doorways, and Byzantine churches.
The springs and the waterfalls that are located at one edge of the village are of great interest and attract many tourists during the summer. Thre are many taverns with tasty Cretan food at Argiroupoli.
Many of the paths on the surrounding hills are perfect for trekking and you should visit the Kourna Lake, the only natural lake on the island.
When you feel like a swim in the sea, drive up to the coast and find your favorite spot on the 8.5 km beach that stretches from Skaleta Georgioupoli all the way to Rethymno.
Or maybe head to the southern coast for some really stunning beaches. It’s a 1 – 1.5-hour drive to get to them, but you will be rewarded with some of the best beaches in Crete. Preveli Beach with its palm tree grove at the exit of the Kourtaliotikos Gorge is well-known, for good reasons.
Visit Roustika village and its some narrow cobblestone streets, arches, old houses, and the lovely traditional kafeneio by the square. Other village sights are the church of Panagia (Holy Mary) dating 1100, with very rare frescoes; the museum of traditional costumes from all over Greece; the Monastery of Profitis Elias built-in 1200.
Other village sights are the church of Panagia (Holy Mary) dating 1100, with very rare frescoes; the museum of traditional costumes from all over Greece; the Monastery of Profitis Elias built-in 1200.
Find the E4 walking path passes just outside Roustika and enjoy the superb gorges and the beautiful nature around.
During the summer, many traditional festivals take place in nearby regions. Therefore, maybe you are going to have the opportunity to experience traditional Cretan music and dancing.
And if you can prize yourself away from this lovely little village and your "country seat" within it, there is much opportunity for splendid drives and exploration in the center of Crete, with its impressive mountains and friendly villages. Stretching your journey for 25 minutes in one direction you can be on sandy beaches or the old town of Rethymno. In the other direction (to the south), in 20-30 minutes, you are on yet another coast and dipping toes in the Libyan sea.
Explore Rethymno's old town and especially the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbor wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, church, and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.
Don't miss visiting Rethimnon's Archaeological Museum which occupies a building almost directly opposite the entrance to the fortress. It's worth a look especially if you are going to the bigger museums in other towns. Here you could enjoy Minoan pottery and sarcophagi and lots of Roman coins, jewelry, pots, and statues, all from Rethimno province. Take a look at an unusual unfinished Roman statue of Aphrodite.
Two of the major monasteries of Crete and amongst its most sought and visited, Arkadi and Preveli monastery are medium distance outings. Within easy striking distance of the village, in the hills of the southeast, is the Monastery of Arkadi a potent symbol of the Cretan struggle for independence and an atmospheric detour on a journey into the beautiful Cretan mountainous hinterland of Rethymno'sperfecture.
Visit the 17th-century Monastery of Preveli which perched high above the sea on the south Crete. In its cloistered closed courtyard, there is a fountain with the Greek inscription "Wash your sins, not only your face". There are also breathtaking views out to sea towards the distant and chunky-looking Paximadhia islands which have lent their name to the tooth-cracking lumps of twice-baked bread served up with mezedes in the island's kafenia.
Very close there is the sandy Palm Beach of Preveli, a sand-filled cove right at the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge, where a freshwater estuary feeds a little oasis complete with palm grove and a cluster of oleanders ( at the beginning and the end of the season it is lovely).
Other valuable visits: Armeni Minoan site, Argyroupoli (ancient Lappa) where the sound of water from springs cascades through this refreshing, taverna-laden village. Eleftherna, Axos, Zominthos archaeological sites. Amongst the significantly enjoyable, old, and historic villages: Episkopi, Spili, Amari (valley), Monastiraki, Anogia.
Visit Marianna's Workshop at a tiny small village of Maroulas. She is a specialist in tea-mixtures and oil essences from native plants which helps to allay many complaints in a natural way. Marianna does come from Crete, and her knowledge of the Cretan plant life was in no way passed down to her from her grandmother.
Join one of our ceramic workshops at Margarites Village. Pottery is one of the oldest arts developed in Crete.
Head west along the coast (60km) to explore the small, picturesque, and maybe the most enjoyable of Crete's larger towns, Chania. With its Venetian-era fishing harbor, crumbling masonry, and web of alleys, it is an extraordinarily attractive town, especially if you are there in spring when the Lefka Ori's snowcapped peaks seem to hover above the roofs. Don't forget to visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in a former church, plus the romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and a market selling local handicrafts.
More activities around Rethimno Area
Check-in: 14.00 pm
Check out: 12.00 pm
Minimum Stay: 2-3 nights, depending on the season
How To Get There
The romantic and atmospheric Arcus Suites is located at Argyroupolis Village in Rethimno Region of Crete.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania (62.5km ) and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion (104km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
"The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port (46km from the village) or Heraklion Port (102km). Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our website.
If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our sister website, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
Book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our partner website.
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Dining: Homemade Cretan traditional breakfast (extra charge) with local products served on your terrace or in the garden. Cretan traditional dinner (extra charge) is provided at nearby local "Taverna" located 250 meters away from Arcus (walking distance) and not includes wine & drinks. You could book your breakfast and your dinner here. You will also find many taverns with delicious Cretan food in Village.
Internet Access: Free WiFi throughout
Swimming Pool: In the central courtyard there is a small pool, great to cool down in, after a walk through the old town
Spa Treatments: Not available
Disabled Access: Not suitable
Pets: Not allowed
Languages Spoken: Greek, English
Parking: Free public parking is available at location nearby Arcus Suites (150 m)