Voulismeni Lake

The famous lake of Agios Nikolaos just 800 metres away

Voulismeni Lake

The famous lake of Agios Nikolaos just 800 metres from our doorstep.

Lake Voulismeni (Greek: Λίμνη Βουλισμένη, Límni Voulisméni) is a small, formerly freshwater lake, later connected to the sea, located at the centre of the town of Agios Nikolaos on the Greek island of Crete. It has a circular shape with a diameter of 137 m and a depth of 48.8 m. The locals refer to it as simply "The Lake". The lake is connected to the harbour of the town by a channel dug by soldiers of the French Army in 1907. A panoramic view of the lake can be seen from a small park situated above it.

According to legend, the goddess Athena (or/and Artemis) bathed in it. Every year at midnight turning to Orthodox Christian Easter day, the majority of the population of the town gathers around the lake to celebrate with fireworks, and firecrackers thrown by the people attending the event.

 A local urban myth is that the lake is bottomless and the crater of an extinct volcano. That notion is most likely based on its impressive depth compared to its width (48.8 m depth and only 134 m width) or/and on locals noticing disturbances at the surface or also the level of the water during the 1956 Amorgos earthquake (which was wrongly attributed to an eruption of Santorini). Because of the latter, many incorrectly assume a geological relationship between the two locations.

The complete absence of igneous rocks anywhere near the lake precludes its being a volcano crater, the supposed connection with Santorini can also be dismissed for this reason.