Kournas Lake
Chania, Crete

Kournas Lake is the only physical lake in Crete as well as one of the most beautiful nature spots in the prefecture of Chania.

The scenery is picturesque, beautiful, idyllic, relaxing. You might see the lake when it shimmers, or you might see it when it mirrors the surrounding hills with the lush bushes.

Its circular dark color was the cause of creating the myth that the Lake is bottomless, while its beauty preserves until today, the legend about the nymph who lives into the lake of Kournas.

Nevertheless, lake Kournas is not an attraction just for the nature lovers. 

Furthermore, during summer, when the waters recede to reveal the white sand which gives the green color in the shallows, you have more options.

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How to get to Lake Kournas

Kournas Lake is located 42 km from the city of Chania and 3 km South from Georgioupolis.

To get here from Chania, it will take you about 50 minutes (42 km), and from the city of Rethymnon it's about 30 minutes drive (22 km).

If coming from Chania

If you are coming from Chania, things are simple. Exit the highway   1    immediately after passing under the bridge of Georgioupolis   2  

If coming from Rethymnon

If coming from Rethymnon, be careful when you are about to cross the opposite traffic lane towards Rethymno. Caution - There are no traffic lights on the highway.

The safest way is to exit the highway to the sideroad   1  , and then to continue up to the entrance of Georgioupolis   2  . Turn left, and the road will lead you to the bridge   2   that will pass you over the highway.

From there, the road will lead you to lake Kournas.

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