Next to Georgioupoli, Kalyvaki beach requires a long walk from the tourist resort to the west, across the river of Almyros. Kalyvaki has sand, and cold waters. It is fully organized, and protected from wind and waves, compared to other local beaches. The area around Georgioupoli is blessed with countless bays and beaches to suit all preferences. While a popular area that attracts domestic and international visitors, it is also relaxed and retains an old school character and vibe. East of Kalyvaki we find the beach of Georgioupoli, followed by the beaches Peristeras, Kourna and Kavros. The long stretch of sand that begins in Georgioupoli and carries on until Rethymno is characterized by wild and rugged beaches, sand dunes and is easily accessible and less crowded than expected. This area of Crete island is great for families with children and is well connected to the main cities, with plenty of options for short excursions. Another 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.
Driving northwest, there are more stunning beaches like Ompros Gialos, Koutalas Beach, Almyrida, and Kalives. The small village of Gavalochori is worth making a stop in (it is less than 12 km away) 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. Another 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. Right outside the village of Vryses, we find the Kanakis Olive Oil factory, where visitors can stop to taste and purchase local products, honey, herbs, raki (a strong alcoholic beverage) and of course extra virgin olive oil.