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. To visit Lake Kournas on your trip to Kournas, use our Kournas route planning tool .
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  • A beautiful and romantic landscape, it really is fabulous!!!!! Ideal for couples and families!
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  • The main attraction of this place-turtles. Take a catamaran ride, gave quadruple, but twisted my price list, had to haggle. In the Lake saw a pair of turtles. All in all a good place to diversify their stay on the island and cool off on a hot day.
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  • We went with the other half. Very nice view. Barkakia available to ride on the Lake to very good value. Caution when has mid-air not lure you streams. It has taverns around. Gorgeous scenery. Easy parking. Suitable for hiking. Avifauna of varying beauty.
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  • Very nice place with breathtaking view!
  • Awsome place in crete to go more than 2 times. If I had a house there I would live there! Exotic beauty and it gives you the feeling when you take the boat for a ride like you are in jurrasic park ! You should go there definitely if you are visiting Rethymno in crete. Its close to Rethymno city, couple of klmtrs next to Georgioupoli.
  • Beautiful lake in the midst of mountains. Almost independent of the wind so you can always swim there. Nothing special compared to the other sweet water lakes. No-one saw the advertised turtles there. If you want to rent a paddle boat do it at the ticket place for the "train" it's cheaper
  • Great lake. Very calm. A lot of red fish and turtle.
  • Beautiful lake. Had a ride on a paddle boat that cost us €7 for 2 people. Wasn't too crowded at the end of September.
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