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Lake Kournas, Kournas

(4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Quite far from the city of Chania is hidden Lake Kournas. I don't know if you can go by public transport since I went with a private car but it's worth the trouble to visit. So quiet, so peaceful, so wild and of course the wonderful tavernas on the banks.
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  • Found this place on trip advisor and thought why not, we were not disappointed. Seeing the turtles/Terrapins was fabulous. Plenty of places to eat and drink overlooking the lake. Top tip if you want t...  more »
  • The Lake, but there are more interesting places on the island. Just the variety after the salt water. Around you can hear Russian, Greek and English. Visit the souvenir shops, where it is sold to the beautiful ceramics. Here the saw!
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