Ε4.31 Argiroupoli – Moundros

Additional Info

  • path length 12 km
  • duration 4 hours & 15 minutes
  • suggested period All year round
  • difficulty level Not particularly difficult
  • markers' type E4
  • Region Rethymno

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Trail Detailed Description

From the centre of Argiroupoli (1), we follow the main road eastwards until a point between the courtyard of the High School and a small church (2), where there is an old path which goes down through an olive grove. After approximately 150 m, the path crosses the asphalt road and continues to descend parallel to a water course.

In this section of the path, traces of ancient hewn tombs are frequently seen.

We pass next to the chapel of the Five Virgin Saints (ton Pente Agion Parthenon) (3) and then we come uponthe water course and an old drinking fountain. Exactly where the fountain is, we cross the water course; there, the old, abandoned path disappears among myrtles and carob trees.

Following the difficult to discern footpath, as well as the marks which are few and far between, we continue for about 800 m, going rather uphill, until we come to a cart track, a farm house built with bricks and a vineyard, on our right-hand side.

We walk between dry-stone walls and after 300 m we reach the asphalt road, which we follow until the village of Kato Poros (4).

Passing through the old part of the village, we reach a small square; we then turn right, following the marks that lead us to the southern exit of the village, where there is a fountain with drinking water. 

From the exit of the village, we follow the old path, which after a while meanders down the slope for approximately a 15 minute walk. Then, we come to a dirt road, which we follow for a little while towards the south. Next, we descend to the western bank of the water course, following the marks.

An old lime kiln can be seen to our right.

We continue along the water course, passing through a narrow passage of the valley created by the small gorge of Velonado

After the narrow passage, the path runs along the western slope of the water course and descends again to its bed, to an area where a cultivated plateau (5) can be seen.

From this point, a dirt road leads us to the main road (6), which we follow eastwards for about 1,8 km; we then arrive at the bridge (7), found just before the village of Velonado

Just before the bridge an unsurfaced road begins, at a spot with tall plane trees;it goes northwards, parallel to the water course, for approximately 100 m.

At this point, we leave the dirt road and enter the water course bed which runs along the Moundriano gorge

We walk through the gorge for about 3 km, until the valley of Moundros opens up ahead of us.

We then leave the water course bed and begin to climb slightly, on the old, distinct path (8), on the eastern slope of the gorge. After 800 m we arrive at the traditional settlement of Moundros (9).

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