About the Lake that Was Connected to the OceanAccording to Greek mythology, Lake Voulismeni was a place where Athena used to wash her body.
However Lake Voulismeni, today located at Agios Nikolaos, is no longer a lake. This picturesque lake used to be a freshwater lake, began to seriously stink during the 19th century, and in 1867 a decision was made to connect the lake with the ocean.
The length of Lake Voulismeni is 137 meters, and 64 meters deep. Because of its impressive depth, this lake was the origin of many local stories and urban legends. The most famous of these stories was that this lake as soon deep, that it actually had no bottom...
Another story that is contested today, is that during the German retreat from the area, at the end of World War II, Germans drowned their vehicles and ammunitions in the lake.
Either way, from the walkway around its shores, the lake is very accessible. The beaches are filled with tavernas, some are tourist traps (try to stand these temptations). Near these are also souvenir shops and local Crete art stores, where wooden statues, icons, and groceries are all sold.