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Crete is one of the most favourite destinations among Greek and foreign visitors. Big sandy beaches or shores with pebbles are found all over the island, where you can have the most wonderful time and swim in the clear water of the sea. There are three mountain ranges on the island, Lefka Ori, Psiloritis and Lasithi Mountains, full of diktamo (origanum dictamnus) and many other wild herbs. The mountains, at some places resemble a moon landscape and at some others they are covered with forests, castles and small villages. These villages have not been altered due to the tourism development, they have retained their character and the people are honest and hospitable.
Every corner of our island is full of history and beauty. Taverns, restaurants, clubs and anything you need you can easily find here, experiencing real Cretan hospitality.
The city of Chania was built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia. The old town is surrounded by the Venetian walls built in the 15th century and it preserves its Venetian architecture. Narrow streets, old buildings, many of them renovated, create a unique atmosphere and take us back in time. The Venetian harbour is renowned not only for its beauty, but also for its various shops, restaurants and bars, simply, you can find anything you need to enjoy your holidays. Chania has an international airport and the big port of Souda. In the heart of the city is the Municipal Market, a building in the shape of a cross which was completed in the year 1913 according to the plans of the covered market of Marseille.
The Municipal Market hosts various traditional shops and small taverns. Close to the Market is the Municipal Garden, where you can relax and have your children run and play and see a pair of Kri Kri, Crete’s wild goat. Chania is the hometown of many important personalities. There are important foundations, such as the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos” at Chalepa Square. On the hill over Chalepa you can admire the magnificent view of the whole Chania city while visiting the tombs of Eleftherios and Sofoklis Venizelos.
The lake’s dark waters impress not only the visitors but also the natives, thus there is the belief that it is bottomless. The lake has some more legends and of course its own water nymph who appears on moonlit nights, combing her hair. The villas lie above Lake Kournas on the north end of Chania prefecture, almost in the middle between Chania (40 km to the east) and Rethymno (30 km to the west). From Kournas you can easily get to the highway (1000 m) and visit Chania, the Omalos plateau, the Samaria Gorge (79 km), Fragokastelo and other places in Chania prefecture, or drive west and visit Rethymno with the impressive castle or Heraklion and Knossos (105 km), an important town in the antiquity.
There are daily departures from Piraeus to the port of Souda, only 30 km form the lake. You could also travel by aeroplane to Chania or Heraklion from Athens or most European cities.
Apokoronas is one of the five former provinces of Chania prefecture and is situated at the northeast part of the prefecture. Kournas is one of the area’s traditional villages. The area of Apokoronas extends from the foothills of Lefka Ori north to the beach, with several gulfs, such the gulf of Almyros and Georgioupolis. Kournas Lake, 3 km from Georgioupolis, is the southern lake of whole Europe. It is created thanks to the underground water coming down from Lefka Ori and is trapped by the impervious rocks within the natural basin. Lake Kournas was known in antiquity as Lake Koressia. Its current name comes from the Arabic language and means bathtub and lake.
Rethymno is an ideal tourist destination for visitors who wish to explore the rich cultural heritage and the natural beauties of Crete. This well-organized city offers to visitors a variety of picturesque routes to follow and numerous historical monuments to visit. The old city of Rethymno still preserves its old urban structure to a great extend, formed during the Venetian period and later reformed during the Turkish occupation. It has been declared a protected historical monument and a traditional settlement.
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