With the longest sandy beach in the west of Crete, Georgioupolis offers you an incomparable opportunity for a relaxing, laid back holiday. In the shadows of the White Mountains and with St Nicholas’ Chapel just a short walk away, there are many options for taking in the culture, history and natural beauty of Georgioupolis. The beach offers a variety of boat trips and water sports for the more adventurous holidaymaker and there is also a large choice of bars and restaurants providing traditional Greek cuisine for when you need to wind down after a hard day of rest and relaxation.

Although a popular tourist resort, Georgioupolis still maintains its traditions and the beach is as popular with fishermen as it is with holidaymakers, offering a glimpse into the lives of the locals in this beautiful part of Greece. The former fishing village of Georgioupolis has transitioned smoothly into a must visit holiday destination without losing any of its original character.

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The beach resort of Georgioupolis is located on the north-west coast of the Greek island of Crete. Less than an hour’s transfer both from Chania and Heraklion international airports, this pretty resort enjoys golden sandy beaches and a sunny Mediterranean climate. Built around the mouth of the river Almyros, this former fishing village boasts an attractive harbour area with a beautiful blue and white lighthouse. Backed by the slopes of Mount Psiloritis and surrounded by rugged coastline to the north and soft sandy beaches to the south, this is an area of stunning natural beauty.
While Georgioupolis retains much of its traditional Cretan charm, it is well-equipped for the summer tourist season, with plenty of cafés, tavernas, shops and hotels. Narrow streets lead to the town’s main square, which is filled with pavement cafés and shady eucalyptus trees, and is a lively place to enjoy a coffee and an ice cream. While there are no nightclubs, the town has a friendly and vibrant atmosphere at night, with a good selection of cheery bars to enjoy. 
Georgioupolis has a stunning 9km stretch of sandy beach, lined with small beach bars and shops. The smaller Kalyvaki beach lies in a sheltered cove near the town and is a great secluded spot. The town has an open air public swimming pool which is great for families. Georgioupolis also makes a great base for exploring the rest of the island, with Lake Kournas, Rethymnon and Chania all within easy reach.


Key facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: Greek
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 3 hours and ten minutes
    Time zone: GMT +02

Great for

Beach holidays: With its own 9km golden sandy beach, and countless other beaches within easy reach along this beautiful stretch of coastline, Georgioupolis makes a fantastic beach holiday destination. The beach has great amenities from sun beds and parasols, to friendly beach bars.
Café culture: Georgioupolis is packed with charming cafés serving coffee and food to hungry visitors. Tables and chairs are placed outside and enjoying a drink while watching the world go by is a lovely way to spend some time here.
Families: With a good selection of cafés, restaurants, shops and activities, Georgioupolis is a great family-friendly resort. The vast beach and calm waters are perfect for children, and there is little in the way of noisy nightlife. 

Agios Nakolas Church

This beautiful little church sits at the end of a causeway at the end of Georgioupolis harbour. Well worth the ten-minute walk across the rocks, this is a picture perfect spot with amazing views. Many Cretan weddings are held here, and it is an impossibly romantic place to watch the sun set. At night the church is lit up from within, making it glow across the waves of the harbour.
Address: On the Stone-Pier at the Little Harbour, Georgioupolis, Apokoronas, Crete 730 07, Greece

Lake Kournas

The spectacular Lake Kournas lies around 4km inland from Georgioupolis. The only freshwater lake in Crete, Lake Kournas is nestled among the rocks of the White Mountains. With two natural fountains and a couple of stunning beaches, this is a beautiful and relaxing place for a day trip. The deep blue waters are refreshingly cool for a swim, and the views of the surrounding mountains are simply breath-taking. A great change of scenery from the coast. There are also a few cafés and tavernas serving refreshments.
Address: 4 km from Georgioupolis, Kournas, Apokoronas, Crete 73007, Greece


Just 25km east of Georgioupolis, the historic city of Rethymnon is a scenic place to visit. The well-preserved Old Town is full of niche shops, bars, and restaurants, and is a lovely place to explore, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the impressive buildings influenced by the Ottoman, Byzantine and Venetian rulers of the past. Mosques sit side by side with ornate Renaissance buildings and there is a grand Venetian fortress to visit. The picturesque cobbled streets lead down to the bustling Venetian harbour, with plenty of waterfront bars and cafés to relax in. Rethymnon boasts a beautiful, 12km long sandy beach.

Ancient Roman City of Lappa (Argyroupoli)

Travel 15km inland to Argyroupoli and you’ll discover the ancient Roman city of Lappa. Once a powerful city, it is said to have been founded by Agamemnon, the Greek hero. Many of the town’s present-day buildings have parts dating back to ancient times, and excavations are still going on, finding exciting new discoveries every day. The site is covered with beautiful flowers, and there is a scenic path you can follow past waterfalls and water mills to the Agia Dynami church. The church is housed within a rocky cave and the water which flows through it is thought to have sacred, healing powers. The town also has some fantastic tavernas to enjoy and the lovely Episkopi beach is close by.  

Sacred Monastery of Arkadi

Head east for around 45 minutes to reach this stunning Eastern Orthodox monastery. Attracting pilgrims from all over the world, this is also a beautiful and tranquil place for tourists to enjoy. Surrounded by pretty flowers, the impressive architecture also has a violent history to discover, with stories of heroic battles and fights for freedom. A lovely place for reflection and for learning a bit about the fascinating history of Crete.
Address: Rethymnon, Rethymnon, Crete 71409, Greece
Opening hours: Open April to May 9am – 7pm, June to August 9am – 8pm, September to October 9am – 7pm, November 9am – 5pm, and December to March 9am – 4pm.
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