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Lake Kournas, Kournas

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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Surrounded by mountains, Lake Kournas is Crete's only freshwater lake. Take a walk around the 3.5 km (2.2 mi) perimeter to look for some marine life. The lake is a protected wetland, home to ducks, eels, water snakes, and diamondback terrapin. Visits from herons and cormorants also make bird-watching a popular activity here. Soak up some sun, take a swim, or rent a paddleboat to explore the lake. If you're hungry, try some traditional Cretan specialities from one of the tavernas lining the lake. To visit Lake Kournas on your trip to Kournas, use our Kournas route planning tool.
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  • Even though it was peak season the lake side and taverns were not heaving. Plenty to do here, hired pedalos and paddle boards - 7 euros an hour for those and 10 for the pedalo. Best way to get to see....  more
    Even though it was peak season the lake side and taverns were not heaving. Plenty to do here, hired pedalos and paddle boards - 7 euros an hour for those and 10 for the pedalo. Best way to get to see....  more »
  • We heard about this like prior to our visit to Crete and what an outstanding gem it is. Well worth a visit. A huge lake surrounded by mountains on one side and hills with beaches on the other. The... 
    We heard about this like prior to our visit to Crete and what an outstanding gem it is. Well worth a visit. A huge lake surrounded by mountains on one side and hills with beaches on the other. The...  more »
  • Really nice to go there on hot days. Good for families, the best thing to do is to hire a pedal boat and go to see the freshwater turtles. Nice taverns near to the lake! Definitely should go! 
    Really nice to go there on hot days. Good for families, the best thing to do is to hire a pedal boat and go to see the freshwater turtles. Nice taverns near to the lake! Definitely should go!  more »
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  • A must see spot if you re in Crete!!!
  • We saw just one small turtle :(
  • Lovely location shame about the rain that cut our visit short.
  • Beautiful day out even though it was raining, will definitely return
  • Didn't found any turtles :( but anyway this lake looks grate!

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