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Village and natural lake by the western north coast of Crete

Kournas: Site Map

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.

Lake Kournas: Southern spring
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: 30 km

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