Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ABC Wednesday:
K is for Kournas Lake

The only freshwater lake on the island of Crete, Kournas Lake is home to ducks and eels, water snakes and a rare species of bicoloured terrapin with a patterned shell, the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemysterrapin).

The Northern end is where you'll find most of the tavernas and pedalos for hire. In the summer, as the water recedes, white sandy beaches form around its edges.

There are two springs on the southeast bank, one of which, the Mati or Amati ("eye"), is visible in late summer. The lake is fed by streams from the nearby mountains and hills, whose underground courses are interrupted by the local bedrock on the way to the sea.

For more information on the lake visit Explore Crete.

For more of my own photographs of the island visit Crete 2006.

For more K posts visit ABC Wednesday.


  1. What a beautiful lake, thanks for sharing it and the information about it. Have a great week.

  2. Gorgeous lake and I love Crete! Enjoy your week!


  3. I'm all for Crete, but I didn't know there was only one lake?

  4. This place is a lovely dream, magnificent blue ocean!
    Thanks for introducing this paradise!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

  5. Well, it Is an island, so I suppose one lake will have to do; beautiful, tho.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  6. What an unusual lake, with the smaller pool on the beach.

  7. Oh, I love this!! Kournas Lake is absolutely beautiful!

  8. What a great get-away Crete is! Great blues in these photos of Kournos and Crete!
    Helen Mac,
    ABC team :)

  9. Sounds like an interesting place to visit. The colors of the water are lovely.