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.
Tours to Lake Kournas
$75 BOOK WITH VIATOR West Crete Day Tour: Chania, Rethymno, Lake Kournas - from Heraklion region
Duration: 10 hours
$151 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private tour with a local! Wine tasting with light lunch and lake pedalo
Duration: 5 hours
Lake Kournas reviews
We only discovered the place on our last visit to Crete , but I must note that we were pleasantly surprised. The lake is in the middle of the road (west) from Rethymno to Chania. Next to the lake... more »
This only sweetwater lake on Crete is not big, but really lovely. The water is very clear and clean, and perfect for swimming. You can also rent pedalos and explore the lake with one of them. There... more »
Quite calm lake. You can rent a paddle boat or eat by the taverns' at the shore
We went to the restaurant. Bug plates, cheap price. View lovely, amazing place for romantic Dinner.
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