Crete Lakes

Tourkou
Lakos

Heraklion

Tourkou Lakos Lake
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South of Ahendrias village there is the lake of Tourkou Lakos or Kolimbas. It is the only one natural lake of Asterousia Range, being the most important wetland in the area. It has quite large quantities of water in winter.

The name means the lake of the Turk, taken after a legend according to which a Turk was drowned here. In order to reach the lake you should follow the dirt track from Ahendrias to Stiromandra. From Stiromandra follow the short path which is part of the old trail from Ahendrias to Agios Nikitas monastery.

Just a few minutes later and after passing the narrow passage of Stenos Poros with the amazing rock formations, reminding of Hagiographies, we reach Tourkou Lakos. The view from Stenos Poros is panoramic, with the mirroring brownish colored surface of the lake reflecting the surrounding bare slopes. From the lake a stone paved trail leads to Kefalovrisi spring and them to the palm grove of Agios Nikitas.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Water: Water till spring

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