: Episkopi Village
The village of Episkopi is located to the east of the large old city of Rethymno. Halfway up the large road between Heraklion and Rethymnon, on the west coast of Crete, the road turns into the Panormo. A winding road with a fantastic view of the surrounding area brings you to Episkopi.
The village, with its ancient history and traditional ways of life, is an ideal place to learn about customs, traditions and experience an authentic rural life.
Throughout the area the visitor is invited to walk in a region of particular natural beauty, to admire important monuments and to experience the customary local hospitality. We are pleased to offer our delightful region for excursions or holidays, combining naturalist and archaeological routes that, in their total, constitute an important ‘map' of experiences. The forest of Milopotamo, running alongside the old National Road, is beautiful. Mountaineering in the Kouloukona and Psiloritis regions provides a wealth of unforgettable experiences, and quite a few surprises. Traveling at leisure around the watermills of Margarites, Arkadi, Anogeia, Damavolou, at Kato Vrisi, Garazo, Moussai villages and Meteoro of Axos village, Melidoni, Eleutherna, Arkadi offers a constant pleasure for nature lovers.
The hinterland of the area of Mylopotamos invites you to visit the monuments of Christian culture such as The Monastery of Vossako which dates back to 1195 and is operating at the foot of the Talea Mountain Range up until today.
Crete's highest peak, Mount Psiloritis, where the gods strolled in ancient times, is a sacred place with wild nature and unique breathtaking beauty. It always was and continues to be a symbol of the island since the Minoan period.
The Municipality of Kouloukona organizes every year many interesting cultural events open to residents and to visitors alike. The 'Talea Festival' with theatre performances, art exhibitions, concerts and various other ravishing activities is a yearly summer festival well worth visiting.
Episkopi is situated just 10 km away of beautiful, clean and organized sandy beaches of Panormo.