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“Beautiful place!”
Review of Lake Kournas

Lake Kournas
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Kournas
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful place!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

A great place to spend a few hours in the sun. The orange juice and sunbeds are free as long as you pay 12 euros for a boat.

Visited September 2013
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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“Terrible signage”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Excellent place, free sun beds , free juice, 10% discount at restaurant . 12 euro for unlimited time on pedalo. Saw fresh water turtle and 2 water snakes ( they are harmless) lots of gold fish. Nice and warm perfect for a swim? Peaceful location even at peak holiday period. Could be every body getting lost by terrible signage in nearby costal resort. Would return if visiting Crete in future.

Visited August 2013
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Bergen, Norway
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“Nice, tranquil place - near the road between Chania and Rethymnon”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Lake Kourna(s), Crete's only freshwater lake, is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km.

Although almost all touristic leaflets say that it is possible to walk around the lake, that is not true. At least not at the end of the rain season (winter). There is, however, a rustic road from the North of the lake to the Hills on the West of the lake. If you plan to walk around it, bring good hiking shoes, camera and drinking water.

Parking is both free and near the lake, and there are several tavernas nearby, serving the usual stuff; fast food, local dishes, traditional greek food, ice cream, etc.

Down by the lake, it's possible to rent sunbeds and pedal boats, and even if there's a lot of people at the beach, it's still a quiet and tranquil place. Nice scenery, with warm and clear water, perfect for swimming, tanning and relaxing - for adults and children.

It's not easy, recommending a lenght of visit. You could easily stay here for hours. :-)

Visited September 2013
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“Well worth a visit, especially with children.”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Easily found, just a few minutes off the national road between Chania and Rethymno. Crete's only natural water lake, ideal for paddling and swimming, hire a pedalo or kayak (or just lie on a sun lounger while your husband takes the kids round the lake for an hour!). Free parking, various bars and tavernas around for refreshments. Surprisingly quiet for August.

Visited August 2013
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was a beautiful lake, although if you didn't want to go on a Pedalo there wasn't much to do. We did get a couple of sun beds but these were uncomfortable to lie on all day. You must go to this lake for the scenery.

Visited August 2013
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