Picture relaxing on a huge stretch of golden sands, as you spend the day watching the world go by. The Aegean Sea laps at your feet. There’s the sound of the kids splashing around in the sea, but other than that, there’s simply peace and quiet as you boost your tan. If that sounds like heaven, then the Crete resort of Georgioupolis is for you. Georgioupolis is a more laid-back option than the Crete hotspots of Chania and Rethymnon which lie either side of this coastal destination. It’s ideal for both families and couples. Georgioupolis combines the charm of a traditional Crete village with a beach resort. What a beach it is too. A four-mile stretch of sand spreads east from the centre of Georgioupolis.
But there is more to Georgioupolis than simply sunning yourself. Pick a taverna or bar in the lively village square and relax with a delicious glass of Cretan wine. There’s also a pretty harbour to wander around, which features Georgioupolis’ most famous landmark, the seaside church of Agios Nikolaos. Culture vultures who are on the hunt for a further taste of traditional Crete can head into the mountains. There you’ll find cute little villages, largely untouched by tourism. If you’re after a little more excitement than you can reach the town of Rethymnon in a jiffy. There’s plenty there to keep you busy on a day trip.
If you fancy a change of scenery, then head a couple of miles east of Georgioupolis to the village of Kavros. The beach at Kavros has all the facilities you need, including several coastal tavernas. Even better, it’s usually pretty quiet. Take a stroll inland and you’ll find a village which has still kept its local character. It’s a great place to enjoy a cafe in the village square and have a gossip with the locals.
The neighbouring village of Vamos really is the place to go if you want to find out more about Greek traditions. It’s only six miles from Georgioupolis and there are many old houses being restored to their former glory here. You won’t go hungry, with a Greek deli and a couple of excellent tavernas keeping visitors and locals well-fed. If those dishes inspire you, then cooking courses take place five days a week in Vamos.
Those looking for an action-packed day trip will find plenty to do in Rethymnon after making the 12-mile journey to Crete’s third largest city. If you’re looking for souvenirs, then this is the place to go. You’ll find chic fashion stores and craft shops nestled in the winding alleyways of the old town area. This area of Rethymnon is also great for history buffs with galleries, historic streets and an ancient fortress. Once you’ve exhausted the sight-seeing, then take it easy on Rethymnon’s pretty beach.
The beach isn’t the only place in Georgioupolis to take it easy over a glass of Mythos beer. Lake Kournas is one of the few freshwater lakes on Crete and it’s a top spot to relax. You might even be able to spot a few terrapins splashing around in the lake. There’s a couple of shops and tavernas along the banks, while pedalos can be hired to head out onto the water.
When you fancy a stroll to work off a delicious lunch, then there’s no better place for a wander in Georgioupolis than the harbour. Lined with eucalyptus trees, you’ll come across fishing boats moored up after returning from their early morning catch. There’s a pretty blue and white lighthouse and the superb chapel of Agios Nikolaos. If it gets a bit tiring, then just nip into one of the cafes or restaurants here.
Agios Nikolaos church
Perched on rocks just a few inches above the sea, the church of Agios Nikolaos is quite a sight. It’s been the most photographed sight in Georgioupolis for the best part of a century. You have to navigate a stone causeway to get there but a close-up look at how the ice-white church sits above the water is well worth it.
Beaches in Georgioupolis
There’s everything you could need on the four-mile stretch of beach in Georgioupolis. Sun loungers, umbrellas, beach entertainment and tavernas keep holidaymakers comfortable. If you fancy a more serious swim than splashing around in the sea, you can dive into the large open-air public pool in central Georgioupolis.
There’s no chance of going hungry on your holiday to Crete. The grub here is among the tastiest you’ll find anywhere in Greece. Whether it’s freshly grilled prawns, a hearty lamb stew or one of the locally-made cheeses, there’s a choice for every appetite. You can wash these tasty treats down with a glass of Cretan wine. If that tickles your fancy, then order a glass of raki. This rocket-fuelled spirit is not for the faint of heart though.
Restaurants in Georgioupolis
The main square in Georgioupolis is the most popular spot in the village for wining and dining. Menus are on display outside the restaurants and tavernas here. Pick a table under the shade of a eucalyptus tree, sit back and enjoy.
There’s more to a holiday in Georgioupolis than simply lying on the beach. You can get a real taste of Greek village life by booking a holiday here. But if you simply want to take it easy and relax next to the seashore, then Georgioupolis is a top choice too. To visit hassle-free, book your holiday with easyJet holidays. You can even save on the price of your holiday when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still in two minds, then take a look at our other Crete destination guides.