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Lake Kournas, Kournas
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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. Use our Kournas family vacation planner to add Lake Kournas and other attractions to your Kournas vacation plans.
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  • A nice walk but very tourist attention, it empties from year to year. If you have children, nice paddleboat ride.
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  • OWL (partly dried up at the end of the summer) tourist unpretentious place. Just a few Paddle boats to rent for a few euros, with the ability to see turtles (we did not have that chance, it was probably not their exit time). Markos square, nearby the Lake Tavern, you served under hut a very good moussaka and excellent fish, no frills, cheap and with a smile (a whole family is working).
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  • We visited the lake at the same time last year & was amazed at how low the water level was this year, apparently it was a very hour dry Sumer. With less water in the lake it was easier to get into a d...  more »