If you read yesterdays post, then you’ll know I am writing a small travel guide on Western Crete.
Today we are visiting Lake Kornas and St. Nicholas Chapel.
Lake Kornas is the only fresh water lake in Crete. It’s backdrop is the stunning White Mountains and the lakes edge is dotted with Tavernas where you can eat a good meal and even rent a pedalo if you like. People were swimming in the clear waters when we were there in April, so take a towel as there is a small ‘beach’ area in front of the Tavernas.
If you want to walk round the lake be warned, although it is possible to walk on the path you can’t access it the whole way round, so my advice it to take the path to the pump house. As you walk down from the car park, turn left and keep going. There you will find a path full of fig trees and wild herbs, and if you are lucky there will be turtles basking in the sun. Take some old bread with you as they like to be fed (as do the ducks and geese).
On your way back don’t miss the small tourist shops. Kornas is well know for their pottery and you will find beautifully hand made mugs, wall hangings and bowls, not forgetting the local honey, olive oil and raki. We actually visited these shops again on the way to the airport as we found them the least ‘touristy’ with a real essence of Cretan culture.
From Lake Kornas you can follow the signs to Georgioupolis. Formally this was a fishing village, but now it is a well known for tourism. There is a large beach here with clear waters, plenty of hotels and of course the picturesque St. Nicholas Chapel. The chapel itself is approximately 100m out to sea and on a calm day you can walk along the small stone jetty that leads to it. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, so the chapel was built to protect the villagers when they were out fishing.
Believe it or not they also perform weddings and civil ceremonies in this tiny chapel, and if you are interested I found this website has all the information needed for a Cretan wedding.
Tomorrows post we will be looking at local villages and food!