INTERESTING TO KNOW:
Learn about the ancient city of Aptera: At the archaeological site of Aptera, you will be able to admire findings of all periods of inhabitation of this City-State.The walls of the ancient city , which is 3.480 meters long, dating back to its acne period, of the 4th century BC. The theatre belongs to the Roman phase. Ruins of a villa with peristyle yard, of the early years of Roman rule built on the standards of the Hellenistic period. Unexpectedly high Roman cisterns and parts of public and private baths. Buildings of the Byzantine Period.The view from there is absolutely breathtaking! Learn about Lake Kournas:
Lake Kournas is actually the only large natural lake in Crete and is located in an enchanting landscape, surrounded by high mountains and olive groves. It is located near the village Kournas, 2.5km southeast of the beach of Georgioupolis, 43km east of Chania and 20km west of Rethymnon. Lake Kournas and its surroundings constitute a very important ecosystem for Greece. Kournas is one of the very few areas of Crete where plenty of fresh water is stored throughout the year. For this reason, it is protected under the Natura 2000 program.
Many species of birds find shelter here, like moorhens, ducks, herons and cormorantsThere is a famous myth that states that there was a village in the position of the lake, where a beautiful girl lived with her father. One day, while they were walking to the fields, they stopped to rest for a while. The young daughter began to comb her hair and her father admired her. However, this admiration turned to erotic love and her father tried to seduce his daughter. The desperate girl starting shouting "Lake come and I will be the ghost of the lake". The area immediately sank and flooded with water, creating the lake. The locals say that many visitors have seen a fairy combing her hair in the moonlight, sitting on a rock in the middle of the lake. They say that the fairy protects the animals and the ducks of the lake.A sub-myth of the fairy myth says that the God got angry about the sinful behavior of locals and caused a flooding to punish them. The residents were all drowned, except the daughter of the priest, which is the fairy that has been seen by locals.
- Our first stop after an interesting drive up will be the ‘’Ancient site of Aptera’’ and ‘’fortress of Koules’’. Explore the roman cisterns ,the monastery,the picturesque church and the absolutely beautiful ancient theatre that still remains.Afterwards our group has time to take magnificent photos of the view to Souda bay from the fortress of Koules. Time spending there is about 1h20m.Entrance there is 2€.
- We will continue the drive into the White mountains until we reach a Wine factory in Katochori .Our guide and the owner of the wine factory will guide our guests in their wineyards and explain them how Cretan wine is produced.At the end of the walk all our guests will have time for wine tasting accompanied by Cretan appetizers( our typical cheese ‘’graviera’’,olives,kalitsounia e.t.c).The wine tasting and appetizers are per person and included in our price. Time there is about 1h30minutes for walk,wine tasting and appetizers.
- And lastly time to relax at our last stop is the famous natural lake of ‘Kournas’’.There our guests have 2 hours free to relax by renting a pedal boat, do kanoe kayak or just rent a sunbed and swim in the lake. There are of course many restaurants with a beautiful view all over the lake. Return time in Chania area about 17:00 p.m