Photographer's Note

Kournas Lake 2004 June.

Kournas is the name of a village and nearby lake on the island of Crete, Greece. It is in the Apokoronas region of Chania Prefecture close to the border with Rethymno Prefecture, 47 km from the town of Chania. Kournas is a fairly large village perched on a hill overlooking the lake. It is in the Georgioupoli municipality, not far from the town of the same name. A working village which has seen less depopulation than some of its neighbours, Kournas is known for its pottery and its popular taverna, Kali Kardia. The taverna's seats are largely in the road - it is popular for its specialities of 'kokoretsi' (grilled offal) and 'galaktoboureko' (custard and orange tart).

Lake Kournas
Location Crete, Greece
Coordinates 35°19′51″N, 24°16′32″ECoordinates: 35°19′51″N, 24°16′32″E
Lake type alkali
Basin countries Greece
Crete's only freshwater lake, Lake Kournas, is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. The lake used to be called 'Korisia' after ancient 'Korion', a city thought to be in the area with a temple to Athena. The lake reportedly used to be full of eels but now is better known for its terrapins and tourism. Tavernas and pedalo rental shops line part of the shore. Overall, however, the lake retains its beauty, the White Mountains reflected in the mirror-like waters. The width, at the point where the landing stage is built, is about 800m and the water is of a quality to have caused no ill effects to the writer when he swam across.

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