Chania Villa Crete Patima offers accommodations in Pátima, just 35.4 km from Chania Town. The property features views of the sea and is 43.5 km from Balíon. Free private parking is available on site.
There is a sitting area and a kitchen equipped with an oven. A flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD player is featured. There is a private bathroom with a bidet.
Rethymno Town is 16.1 km from Chania Villa Crete Patima, and Georgioupolis is 8 km from the property. Souda Airport is 30.6 km away.
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The only natural lake in Crete and in the entire insular Mediterranean, as well as the southernmost lake in Europe, with a length of 1080 m, a width of 880 meters and a depth of 22.5 m.
In Arabic the word Kournas means tub and lake. Presumably the Arabs renamed the lake thus, changing its older name Coressia.
The dark waters of the lake impressed all visitors and residents, since for years everyone had been thinking of the lake as bottomless. Indeed travellers since the Middle Ages have spoken for the estimated depth of the lake with awe. The lake is an amazing wetland habitat. Its coast is lined with restaurants and cafes.
Swim in the clear waters. Canoes and pedaloes are available for those wishing to tour the lake.
Like many lakes, this one also has its own legend:
"The area of the lake used to be occupied by a small village. One day, one of the villagers took his daughter out to go to the fields. Somewhere along the way they sat down to rest; the daughter then started combing her blond hair. The father initially took proud at her sight; however, suddenly, an erotic desire took him over and he came on to her. The daughter, in despair, she just exclaimed "Sink and be a sunken lake! And I the spirit of the lake! ". Immediately the place sank turning into a lake. Indeed, in older times, residents used to recount that some nights they could see a lass sitting on a rock in the middle of the lake, combing her long golden hair.
Argyroupolis / ancient Lappa
Argyroupolis is a village belonging to the municipality of Rethymno. The village stands where on the site of the ancient city of Lappa, which was completely levelled to the ground by attacking Roman troops. However it was rebuilt by Octavian Augustus, because residents helped him in his feud against Mark Anthony.
The sights include a mosaic from the Roman period. Just a small distance from the village you can visit an ancient necropolis. Today the area is famous for its idyllic springs immersed in lush vegetation, its old watermills and restaurants.
Georgioupolis is a small seaside tourist town. It is built in a lush area next to a sandy beach. The local stream Almyros runs into the beach; just before its mouth, a small pond is formed, affording a unique wetland that is home to many birds and animals. A street, lined with eucalyptus and cypress trees, will lead you into the main square. Upon entering there, you will see many more eucalyptus trees. The most popular attraction inside the harbour is the chapel of St. Nicholas, surrounded by sea-water. It is worth walking up there and taking dramatic photographs. Whether the sea is calm or the wind raises foaming waves, the scenery is delightful.
Take a nice walk along the coastal road of the town. If you want to take a break for coffee or for grabbing a bite, there is a great choice among taverns and cafes waiting for you there.