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Georgoupolis

Georgioupolis is a small lively self-contained village with something to suit all age groups. The scenery is stunning with the mountains and the river, the beach idyllic and close to town. The Village Square and tavernas are the focal points for evening entertainment.

The village is located 43 kilometres (27 miles) east of Chania, about 22 km (14 miles) west of Rethymno and about 100 km (62 miles) west of Heraklio in the Apokoronas region. It was named after Prince George of Greece, high commissioner of the island in the last years of Ottoman occupation. In fact, the translation literally means "the town of George".

The old name of Georgioupolis was Almyroupoli, named after the river Almyros by which it stands. It's a beautiful village situated on the northern coast of Crete, with a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. Ancient eucalyptus trees surround the village square amidst the tavernas and gift shops.

Georgioupolis used to be a tiny fishing village located by a small river next to a very long sandy beach. Three rivers run into the sea at Georgioupolis.

The road bridge crosses the largest, the Almiros river, whose mouth creates the small harbor.

In the last hundred years, many things have changed in Georgioupolis.

The once small village with its 9 km long sandy beach enticed the first "do it yourself" holiday makers, who found a few rooms available in the village.

Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. The town square is surrounded by outdoor seating used by tourists enjoying their drinks and ice creams. The beach is the main attraction of the area. Nearby Lake Kournas is also a popular excursion by foot, bicycle or tourist 'train'.

Georgioupolis is a well-located base for exploring the traditional villages of the area towards Vamos or into the White Mountains to the south.

The long sandy gently shelving beach is ideal for those lazy days in the sun and very safe for children; however we would recommend close supervision at all times. When you have worked up a thirst sunbathing just stroll over to one of the many tavernas lining the beach and enjoy a nice cool drink.

Idyllic places around the rivers and marshy areas can still be found despite the increase in construction.

But with its river, eucalyptus trees and (still existing) small fishing harbor it remains an attractive tourist destination with easy access and a regular bus service.