Rethymnon Day Trip: Visit Lake Kournas

Rethymnon Day Trip: Visit Lake Kournas

Visit Lake Kournas and you’ll discover the only freshwater lake in Crete, an important and protected ecosystem in Greece.

Visit Lake Kournas

Tucked in green rolling hills is a freshwater oasis called Lake Kournas. Head here for another view of Crete’s diverse natural landscapes.

Lake Kournas

It’s an easy day trip.  Lake Kournas is located between Chania and Rethymnon and just four kilometers from Georgioupolis.

About Lake Kournas

It was known as Korisia in ancient Greece. Its modern-day name is the Arabic word meaning lake.

Lake Kournas

The lake boasts shallow clear waters by the shore. However, the depth of the water dips down to 22.5 meters at its core. The body of water is fed by streams from the nearby mountains and hills. In the late summer, be sure to look out for two springs on the southeast bank.

A Protected Ecosystem

This Cretan natural habitat is protected area European Union’s Natura 2000 program. Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. In fact, Lake Kournas is considered a significant wetland environment.

While you visit you’ll come in contact with different types of ducks, herons and cormorants. You may even spot some eels and water snakes.  The lake is also home to a rare species of bicoloured terrapin called the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemysterrapin) which is known for its patterned shell.

Things to Do in Lake Kournas:

While you’re spending the day at this beautiful Cretan lake, you can plan to do the following things:

  • Take an afternoon walk and appreciate the peace and quiet of the lake.
  • Have an afternoon picnic and enjoy the view.
  • Go for a refreshing swim.
  • Take the pedal boats out for a spin.
  • Have lunch at one of the Cretan tavernas by the lake.
  • Shop for traditional crafts at the nearby vendors.

For more things to do near lake Kournas:

Visit the Kournas village which is four kilometers from the lake. There’s a cave here known for its stalactites and stalagmites.

Argyroupolis is another village that is nearby. Here you can explore the ancient city Lappa. It is also home to Agia Dynamis Springs. The fish taverns here serve delicious river fish dishes.

Georgioupolis is a village set next to a long beach next to Almyros River.

Visit Lake Kournas: Crete’s Freshwater Lake

Crete is full of diverse landscapes. Visit Lake Kournas during your stay at Amazing Villas to spend a relaxing afternoon just outside of Rethymnon.


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