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 temperatute markedly cooler, ideal for fine walking and hiking as well. The upper and lower village are 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 definitely 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 favourite 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 (Holly 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 (Holly 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 the 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 centre 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 harbour 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 to visit Rethimnon's Archaelogical 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, jewellery, 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 Monatery of Arkadhi a potent symbol of the Cretan struggle for independence and an atmospheric detour on a journey into the beautiful Cretan mountainous hinterland ot 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 estuardy 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 tiny small village of Maroulas. She is specialist in tea-mixtures and oil essences from native plants which help 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 harbour, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it is an extraordinary 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.

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