Georgioupoli is one of the most popular seaside resorts, located 43 km east of Chania on the way to Rethymno. The beach of Georgioupoli is a sandy expanse of more than 12 km, with clear blue-green waters that drop away suddenly. They are known to be quite cold because this is where the river Almyros meets the sea. It is a very well organized beach with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers and lots of options for water sports enthusiasts. The beach is also known for frequent strong currents and that is why a lifeguard is almost always present. The village has an old school vibe, that has seen lots of developments in the tourism sector but aims to be a relaxing and laid back place above everything else. There are numerous hotels, shops and tavernas for visitors, making this a good place to base yourself and explore the nearby area.
Right next to Georgioupoli, we find Kalyvaki beach. To reach it, visitors will have to walk west, across the river of Almyros. It is also fully organized, and protected from wind and waves, compared to other local beaches. Carrying on eastward from Georgioupoli, we find the beaches of Peristeras, Kourna and Kavros. This area of Crete island is great for families with children and is well connected to the main cities. One popular attraction in the area is the charming Lake of Kournas, home to a large number of birds and animals and with countless spots to sit and relax or enjoy a meal. The distance is only 6 km and includes a popular biking trail.
North of Georgioupoli, there are more stunning beaches like Ompros Gialos, Koutalas Beach, Almyrida, and Kalives. Don’t miss the small village of Gavalochori for a visit to the Historical and Folklore Museum that highlights the local architecture and Cretan traditions. There are seven main exhibit rooms in the museum. Each one is focused in a different area of life, starting with the Arched House, Silk, Pottery, Lace-making, Masonry, Stone Carving and finishing with Church and Woodcarving. Not far from Georgioupoli, right outside the village of Vryses, there are signs pointing to the Kanakis Olive Oil factory. Here visitors can stop to taste and purchase local products, honey, herbs, raki (a strong alcoholic beverage) and of course extra virgin olive oil.