When the summer heat becomes too intense, you’ll find a natural cooling system at Argyroupoli, 25km southwest of Rethymno. At the bottom of this village is a watery oasis formed by springs from the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) that keep the temperature markedly cooler here than on the coast. Running through aqueducts, washing down walls, seeping from stones and pouring from spigots, the gushing springs supply water for the entire city of Rethymno.
Argyroupoli 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 also makes the town a gateway to some fine walking and hiking trails.