Although the village is only 300 metres above sea level, it is often noticeably cooler in summer than down by the sea. Today the village has only 400 inhabitants. This was completely different in ancient times. Some centuries before Christ, the community, which was called Lappa at that time, had about 10,000 inhabitants. For some time in ancient times Lappa was one of the most important cities on the island of Crete.
One should also take a look at the church. Typical for Crete is the church tower, which stands far away from the church building.
If one drives from the main square towards the north coast, after approximately one kilometre one gets to a crossroads. Turn left and after a few hundred metres you will reach the waterfalls. It is a green oasis in the otherwise so dry Crete. The water wealth of Argiroupoli is famous all over Crete.
Several taverns were built between the hundreds of small waterfalls. The whole thing looks a bit commercial, but also has a romantic component. A lunch in such a green landscape between the rushing waterfalls is an experience that hardly anyone on Crete expected. Some taverns also offer freshwater fish such as trout. The Argiroupoli tavern hosts proudly display the live fish in water basins in front of the tavern. Carpets used to be washed in the area. In some taverns you can also find mill wheels and the like.
Of course you can try one of the taverns around the waterfalls. Which of the five restaurants between the waterfalls is the best is hard to say. We liked the tavern Palios Milos (old mill) about 100 meters below the road.
At the top of the village, about 200 metres along the main road from the main square to the north, you will find the Archea Lappa (Old Lappa). This old tavern is a reminder of the good old Crete of bygone times. Warm service, large portions and low prices - what more could you ask for? We had fried vegetables as a starter. The smoked pork Apaki was great. The dish Anticristo (lamb) is praised again and again in the Archea Lappa.
If one is on the north coast, one first drives on the
expressway Chania - Rethimno. A few kilometres east of
Georgioupoli you turn off to Episkopi. From this
village it is only a few kilometres to Argioupoli. Also
from this direction a map is recommendable.
If one is on the north coast, one first drives on the expressway Chania - Rethimno. A few kilometres east of Georgioupoli you turn off to Episkopi. From this village it is only a few kilometres to Argioupoli. Also from this direction a map is recommendable.