Lake kournas crete

Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake. The lake is in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, about 4 km from Georgioupolis in Chania Prefecture (west Crete). Lake…

Argyroupolis Springs

Argyroupolis is the present-day village built on the site of the ancient city. It is a place with rich vegetation and many natural water springs. Parts of many houses in Argyroupolis come from ancient or Venetian buildings. Beautiful Venetian mansions still stand in many parts of the village and are still inhabited. Excavations in the…

Georgioupoli

Georgioupolis is a small seaside town in Chania Prefecture, approximately 38 km southeast of Chania, in West Crete. Georgioupolis is set in a green countryside with a large beach stretching about 1.5 km eastwards. Georgioupolis is on the border between Rethymno Prefecture to the east and Chania Prefecture to the west, although it belongs to…

Plakias Crete

Plakias is located in southern Crete, about 30 minutes’ drive or 35 km south of Rethymnon. The houses of Plakias hug a large crescent-shaped bay, with most buildings near the small harbour. Plakias, history Plakias beachPlakias began to expand after 1970; before that, there were no more than 10 houses. Today there are many small…

Preveli Beach

Preveli Beach Preveli beach and lagoon (Greek Λίμνη του Πρέβελη), sometimes known locally as “Palm Beach”, is located below the monastery, at the mouth of the Kourtaliótiko gorge. Behind the beach is an extensive glade of palm trees. The beach is regularly served by tourist boats from the nearby resort of Plakias. On August 22, 2010, a large…

Water dam Rethymno

  The incredible dam. A huge construction around 30 Km south of Rethymnon that seems to have been built by both the Rethymnon Water company and the Agricultural water company with a lot of help from the European Commission. Interestingly it has no turbines to generate electricity, or so Lampros told me. Anyway, the dam…

Imbros gorge crete

The gorge of Imbros is the second most popular gorge for walkers in Crete after the gorge of Samaria. The main reasons for this are that: It is much easier to walk than Samaria: walking distance is 8 km, total descent is around 600m and the average walking time is about 2.5 hours. The path…

Antonios gorge crete

The gorge of Agios Antonios is a small yet magnificent gorge, which begins at Ano Assites. It is 2 kilometres long and the elevation difference between the entrance and the outlet is no more than 200 metres. In the gorge one can see rare species of flora and fauna, which are protected by European legislation.…

Agia Galini Crete

Agia Galini is 61 km southeast of Rethymno and 68 km southwest of Heraklion, about midway along the south coast of Crete. Agia Galini, with its strange but apt name (meaning “Saint Serenity”, or “Holy Peace”), is a small, labyrinthine village built in the shape of an amphitheatre and surrounded by three mountains: Asideroto, Kedros…

Matala crete

Matala is a seaside village in south Crete, near Phaistos, the second-largest Minoan Palace in Crete. Matala became famous in the Sixties, when hippies came here from all over the world to live in the celebrated caves of Matala, next to the beach. This is how the Matala sky is described in Joni Mitchell’s song…