Georgioupoli lies on the northern coast of Crete, about 35km away from Chania and 20 km from Rethimnon. It is a coastal village with a very large beach. There are several roads leading from the coastal highway to Georgioupoli and one of them is over a 4 kilometers long road leading through some very pretty scenery to the bay of Almiros. You drive through a green landscape with lots of trees and some houses, and there are nice views of the mountains. A part of the drive is graced with large eucalyptus trees on both sides of the road.
Georgioupolis is built on the delta of the river Almiros. In fact it was called Almiros or Almiroupolis (city of Almiros) up to the beginning of the century when Crete united with Greece and the city took the name of the then king of Greece King George.
About a mile from the village on the way to Hania is a small hill, on top of which the ruins of the ancient city Amfimalla was built.
Georgioupolis was first settled in modern times in the late 19th century (1880) , by Miltiades Papadogiannakis. Up to then the whole area was abandoned due to the swamps that surrounded the river delta. The fear of malaria kept every one away.With the passing of time however, and the efforts of the first settlers the swamps are dried, eucalyptus are planted and the city starts to grow. Its location halfway through the towns of Rethimno and Hania, helps to establish it as a port for boats following the north coast of Crete.
The river delta enhanced with a small breakwater extending in the sea serves even today as a port for fishing and small tourist boats.
Although tourist facilities are expanding Georgioupolis is still a small tightly knit community of locals involved primarily with the traditional activities of stock breeding, farming and fishing. In the entrance to the village is a traditional bakery where you can taste some of the best tasting bread you have ever tried(!!!). The village has adequate facilities for visitors but keeps its own character.
The long stretches of golden sandy beaches in front of the village, the small sandy beach of Kalyvaki at the opposite side of the river, the lake of Kournas close by and the proximity of the cities of Hania and Rethimnon, make it a good starting place for visitors. There are excursions by small boats to the surrounding beaches. There is also a small road-going train that can take you to an excursion to the surrounding areas including the springs and waterfalls at the nearby village of Argiroupolis.
Georgioupolis has become a popular destination for holidays in Crete, welcoming thousands of Greek and European tourists each year. Many people have come here, fallen in love with the place and returned forholidays in Georgioupolis every summer.
The main beach of Georgioupolis is a large sandy beach extending 1-1.5 km eastwards.
It joins the beach in the Kavros area and other ones even further east, all the way to Episkopi and Petres, forming a huge beach 10 kilometres long.
Georgioupolis Beach starts at the pretty, whitewashed little church of Agios Nikolaos, on the jetty built to link the church to the land. [georgioupolis beach church saint nikolaos]
The beach, sandy all the way along, is fully organised with sun loungers and umbrellas, which mostly belong to the local hotels and are free to guests.
The sea is clean and the beach has been awarded a European Blue Flag. You can pass the time pleasantly, swimming, sunbathing or trying various watersports.
If you are hungry or thirsty, there are restaurants and cafeterias along the beach road, offering anything you might need.
Georgioupolis Beach is exposed to the north winds and summer north-easterlies. On days when you see large waves breaking on the beach, be careful and follow the lifeguards’ instructions for your safety.
Georgioupolis is great for everyone, as it has good tourist amenities and lots of shops to suit every visitor.
Holidays in Georgioupolis are ideal for groups of friends, couples and families, and generally anyone in search of quiet holidays without missing out on nightly entertainment in bars and restaurants
In any case, Georgioupolis is ideally placed for exploration and excursions to neighbouring areas of great tourist interest.
Within a radius of 30-50 kilometres you can explore the Apokoronas area, visit Chania to the west and Rethymno to the east, spend the day on the Akrotiri Peninsula with its many beaches and historical monasteries, or travel to southern Crete, Sfakia and Frangokastello.