Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete, in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills. Lake Kournas is relatively small, with a maximum length of 1,087 m and a maximum breadth of 880 m. 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.
Since we will be at Kournas we shouldn’t miss to visit the beautiful village of Argyroupoli which is located 21 km away from Rethymnon town. It is a traditional village very famous for its springs. It has a vast vegetation, small waterfalls and small springs. Waterfalls are located in several gorges of the region, but the most easily accessible ones are in Argyroupolis. The landscape of the area is complemented by several taverns serving Cretan delicacies. If you wish you could enjoy your lunch at one of them as their famous for their delicious traditional dishes.