Lake Kournas, Kournas

Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • We only discovered the place on our last visit to Crete , but I must note that we were pleasantly surprised. The lake is in the middle of the road (west) from Rethymno to Chania. Next to the lake...  more »
  • This only sweetwater lake on Crete is not big, but really lovely. The water is very clear and clean, and perfect for swimming. You can also rent pedalos and explore the lake with one of them. There...  more »
  • What a magical place! We lucked out and actually stayed nearby the lake in the village Kournas (highly recommend visiting taverna Kali Kardia for lunch or dinner after your lake day). We found a nice....  more »
  • Quite calm lake. You can rent a paddle boat or eat by the taverns' at the shore
  • We went to the restaurant. Bug plates, cheap price. View lovely, amazing place for romantic Dinner.
  • The most beautiful lake - we rented pedalos and drank wine in mugs whilst sunbathing. When we went in July 2019, there wasn't any beach sections of it so sunbathing opportunities were limited
  • Absolutely beautiful lake! Extremely clear water. Hire a pedalo and see the turtles and fish. Really highly recommend!
  • Truly great experience it surely changed over the years but its still a wonderful place to visit

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