Inland Retreats, Crete Island
Overshadowed by more famous sites at Knossos, the former city state of Aptera near Kalives is not yet on the tourist route and so can be investigated in relative peace. Perched 230 metres up on a hill overlooking Souda bay it panoramic views of the whole plain of Chania.
Legend has it that Aptera took its name after the victory of the Muses over the Sirens in a musical contest which took place between the city and the sea. The Muses won, the Sirens lost their wings and turned white. Hence the name of the city Aptera (without wings) and the nearby islets of Leukai (white). More prosaic is the suggestion that its name derives from Ptera, the king who first founded the city.
Lake Kournas is one of only two lakes in Crete and covers a total area of about 160,000 square metres with a depth of up to 25 metres. (48 km east of Chania) The name is derived from the Arabic word for lake. Dense vegetation surrounds the scenic lake and the southeastern bank is lined with olive trees. A strip of white sand beside the lake provides an area for swimming and cafes.
THE MYTH OF THE LADY OF THE LAKE
A lot of people that visiting Crete dont know there is a lake, big lake i can say!Its close to Chania near Georgioupoli.There is a restaurant-cafe there so can spend some time watching the place.
Rent a car and discover countless villages, spectacular scenery, beaches at the end of the roads, and lesser known archaeological, historical, and cultural sites.
Also worth a visit is Lake Kurnás, especially if you want to escape from the tourist crowds, which is to be found west of Réthimnon, in the mountains.
19 km from Agios Nikolaos is Gurnia, an interesting archeological site, dating from 1600 B.C. Unlike Knossos, it has not been reconstructed and offer some authenticity... (picture coming soon)