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“Lovely lake” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Kournas

Lake Kournas
4 km from Georgioupolis, Kournas, Apokoronas, Crete 73007, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Kournas
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Farnborough, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

After visiting Georgioupolis, we thought we'd investigate this lake in close vicinity, but hadn't really known what to expect (assumed just "a lake"). How surprised we were to find it was like a mini beach, with canoes and pedaloes, as well as sunloungers, parasols and the usual array of tavernas and souvenir shops. Possibly a little too commercialised, but it wasn't overly busy the day we were there. There were people swimming in the lake as well. We did take a pedalo out for an hour (didn't think €12 was too bad for an hour between the 4 of us), and were pleased to have some good views of goldfish, turtles and a heron. The weather on the day we went was slightly cloudy, but it made a refreshing change from the heat of the beaches on other days.

You can easily spend a few hours here if you include a pedalo trip, lunch, swimming and people watching!
As others have said, don't be duped into thinking that the 1st car park is the only free one, there are plenty more closer to the lake if you don't want the walk.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A visit to Lake Kournas is a must. We entered the lake at the first exit and took a right at the top of the road and parked in the free car park next to Markos Place taverna, which is a fabulous place to eat. The sunbeds and parasols by the edge of the lake are free but are not in the best condition. The edge of the lake is a bit rocky but the water is beautifully clear and warm and is also shallow for small children. We hired a pedalo, with a slide, for an hour (14€) where the children had much fun sliding off into the clear water. We saw fish but no turtles unfortunately. A relaxing and stunning location to spend a few hours on your holiday, we enjoyed it so much we visited twice.

Visited July 2014
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a piece of heaven. Lake was like looking in a mirror and the water was like a warm bath. Worth hiring a boat for a view euro's to go and see the turtles and fish. And the food in the local tavernas was to die for. And vast amounts for very little money. Don't go to Georgioupolis without visiting here or you will miss a little piece of paradise

Visited June 2014
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“Lovely spot for swimming and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went twice during our holiday in the Vamos area. I read the reviews about the number of tavernas and gift shops but the part of the lake we were at there was only one taverna on the beach and it seemed a lot less busy. I would recommend that you take the first exit to the lake, and when you get to the first little shop which has a sign post for free parking turning left, go right and follow the signs for the beach. Keep going until you see Markos taverna and then park under the olive trees to the left of the taverna (free parking). It's a short walk to the beach where you can hire pedal boats and use the sun loungers and umbrellas. The lake is stunning and we spent a lot of time swimming in the clear clean water and looking at all the fish. The beach is quite rocky so don't forget pool shoes as it's a bit tricky walking in and out of the water without them. I would not bother with the taverna Korrisia, we had a meal there on our first visit, the food was ok but the service was terrible. They do have a reasonably good loo there and for non customers they charge 50 cents, although no one was keeping tabs. I would recommend a visit to Markos. The service was excellent and the staff were chatty and happy to have us there. I can't comment on the food but we had ice cream and drinks there and it was a lovely peaceful spot. Would recommend the lake over the beach any day.

Visited July 2014
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“Lovely lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful lake but spoilt by shops, the sun loungers and pedalos on the shore, the view is nice from the top.

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