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 Kournas is relatively small, with a maximum length of 1,087 m and a maximum breadth of 880 m. It covers an area of 579,000 sq. m. and is generally shallow, 22.5 m at its deepest point, while it lies approximately 20 m above sea level.
Kournas Lake is the ideal place for an afternoon walk or a daytrip nearby. Many people like to have an afternoon picnic there. The landscape is lovely and relaxing, whether you want to go for a walk in the countryside, swim or ride a pedalo on the lake.
There are two springs on the southeast bank, one of which, the Mati or Amati (“eye”) as the locals call it, is visible in late summer. The lake is fed by streams from the nearby mountains and hills, whose underground courses are interrupted by the local bedrock on the way to the sea.
Wine tasting tour highlights:
- Kourna’s Lake coffee break and pedalo riding
- Olive oil factory tour
- Wine taste
- Light lunch
In this private tour our first stop is Kourna’s lake the only fresh water lake in Crete, where we will have a coffee break admiring the view. After we will ride a pedalo boat around the lake. Then we will have a tour in an olive oil factory where we will learn everything about the production of olive oil and have a taste of it. The last destination is a local winery, where we will see the botanical garden and learn all the secrets of production and bottling. Finally we will taste the delicacies of Crete in a tasting of 5 different wines and a light lunch.
Duration: 5 hours approximately
– Pick up from your location (depends on your location) with an air-conditioned vehicle and cold bottles of water.
9.00 A.M.: Advancing to our destination.
15.00 P.M.: Departure.
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