Kournas is a picturesque and rather sleepy village above the western bay of Rethymnon, roughly 7 km South-East of Georgioupolis.
It is better known because of the Kournas Lake which lies 2 km below the village and is said to be Crete's only freshwater lake.
At least as the only "real" one as it is of natural origin, and has water all-year.
|Slide show | Lake Kournas: Southern spring||
The lake's main spring is close to the southern bank, deep under water. On the northern bank there are some tavernas, and a pedalo rental.
And of course one can have a swim in Lake Kournas: without chlorine, and without salt.
Road distance: 28 km