Kournas is 45 kilometers from Chania and is a village with 500 residents. It is built amphitheatrically on the eastern foothill of the Lefka Ori mountain range from where the visitor can enjoy the magical view of the lake, the largest natural lake on the island.
If you are in area you should defiantly visit the lake and enjoy the unique flora and fauna. Swimming is permitted and you can also take a tour of the lake on small boats. There are some tavernas surrounding the lake that serve fresh fish from the lake.
About 2 kilometers south of the lake, before you reach the village, is the cave of Kournas and approximately 10 kilometers to the south is the village of Kastellos with a breathtaking Oak tree forest and a magical landscape with natural shade, ideal for tranquility and refreshment.
There are two festivals held in the village. One on the 29th of August celebrating Saint John Theologos and one on the 5th of May dedicated to Saint Erini. Also on the 6th of August there is a large festival in the village Patima to celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ our Savior.
Several cultural events are organized during the summer at Kournas Lake.
The village does not offer accommodation. You can however enjoy the exquisite local cuisine at the coffee shops and restaurants in the village along with the spectacular view, especially in the winter when the weather does not permit the restaurants by the lake to operate.