The Village of Kournas – The Lake of Kournas

Published: September 10, 2019
Municipal Unit of Georgioupolis, Sights

At a distance of 8km from Georgioupolis and 4km from the lake of Kournas is the village of Kournas. While the area of ​​Lake Kournas is of intense tourist interest, the village remains completely unaffected by tourism interventions and retains its traditional elements as well as many inland villages of Crete. In the village there are traditional taverns and cafes as well as traditional markets for daily shopping and souvenirs. Anyone looking for more facilities can visit the nearby Georgioupolis. The village was built during the Venetian era, between traditional alleys with houses that look unaffected by time. There is also the Byzantine church of Agios Georgios while it has architectural elements that were added during the Venetian occupation. In the village there is also a small amphitheater that hosts various events that take place in the village. On the 29th of August every year a big festival is held in honor of St. John the Baptist.

Between the village of Kournas and the Lake there is the Cave of Kournas with a plethora of stalactites and stalagmites at a depth of just 35 meters. In a magnificent landscape with green olive groves and high mountains about 40 km east of the city of Chania we meet Lake Kournas. It is the only natural lake in Crete that in ancient texts is referred to as Korisia while it is believed that near it was the sanctuary of Athena of Korisia. summer comes to the surface of the lake. The shape of the lake is circular and has an area of ​​579 acres, maximum depth 22.5 meters and maximum width 880 meters. The waters of Lake Kournas end up in the sea through the river Delfina.