Rethymno / Georgioupoli / Vryses / Lake of Kourna
The Traditional side of Rethymno......
The city of 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. The Municipality actively contributes to the preservation of the historical and cultural heritage of the old city, and promotes a healthy tourist development and a high quality of life for its citizens through the proper management of socio-economic activities. A number of projects have been realized, or are under realization, covering all aspects of the city life linked to its history, culture and architecture.
Georgioupolis is one of the most attractive to be found in a Cretan tourist village. The restaurants and tavernas may have their menus advertised on billboards in the usual tourist way, but the chairs and tables they set outside in the summer, in the shade of the eucalypts, invite you to sit in the cool and enjoy your coffee.
Even at times when the beaches are usually packed, you will see people sitting in the square for a coffee - it’s a place with its own lovely atmosphere in the morning.
Georgioupolis is a village of many shops. Take the time to stroll round its narrow streets and you will see many tourist shops and little tavernas. You definitely won’t lack for anything!
From the square you come to the small harbour of Georgioupolis, five minutes’ walk away down the road lined with eucalyptus trees. The harbour is on the mouth of the River Almyros. There you will see fishing boats and people taking their small boats or inflatables out to fish or swim in the bay of Georgioupolis and off the nearby coast.
Vryses is a lovely village with running springs and lush greenery that consists mostly of plane trees, the kind of trees that need a lot of water to grow up. Vryses is famous for its taverns-cafeterias next to the running water and for the dairy products.
At the beautiful square of Vrises, visitors have the chance not only to find two traditional coffee shops that can also offer you traditional meze, but also to see the church of St. Nicholas, built before 1900.
The designation of the village, which means water fountains, is obviously related to the fact that there were many of the in the region during the past.
Nowadays, these water fountains are drained. However, this has not negatively affected the lush vegetation of the region.
The village is located 32 km from the center of Chania.
The permanent population is mainly occupied in citrus growing and oil production.
On the very characteristic hill with the two peaks, one of which is called Kastellos and the other Agios Georgios, of Vrises, which dominates the area as a natural citadel, the most important archaeological find of the region has been discovered.
Archaeological investigations at the village have demonstrated that there is continuous human presence since the Neolithic period (6000 to 3000 BC).
The ancient settlement that was brought to light dates from the Late Period (16th century BC) and some of its wonderful findings are hosted and exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Chania.
We drive along the northern coast of Crete heading east, enjoying the beauty of the Cretan Sea, until we reach the wonderful Lake of Kournas, the only natural freshwater lake in Crete. The lake is located at the foothills of the famous White Mountains, while the southeastern side is covered with olive groves.
Kournas Lake is the only natural lake in Crete and one of the most beautiful naturalistic destinations in Chania. The landscape is picturesque, beautiful, idyllic, relaxing. Around the lake, there are hills and mountains which are reflected in the middle of the lake.
The lake changes color because of the dense vegetation and the depth reaches 22.5 meters during the summer period. Its dark color was the reason for creating the myth that the lake has no bottom, while its beauty preserves, until today, the legend of a fairy who lives in the lake.
The ecosystem of the lake and Delfina river, which flows into the Cretan Sea, is one of the most important of the island and Greece in general,. That's why the area is a part of the Natura 2000 network. It is a station for migratory birds, as well as an environment in which many endemic species of Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean find shelter.
What can you do at Kournas lake? You can taste delicious food or cafe at one of the taverns located there, overlooking the beautiful landscape. You can also ride a sea bike or Canoe Kayak in the lake.
If you visit it during the summer months, when the waters reced and reveal the white sandy beach that gives the green color to the waters, your options are more: Sunbathing on the beach loungers or swim, walking the perimeter where you will meet ducks and other residents living in the wetland of Kournas.
The lake is located in the municipality of Apokoronas, east of Chania, close to the borders with the prefecture of Rethymnon. It is 4 km. from the seaside village of Georgioupolis and 2,5 km. From the settlement of Kournas.
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