Georgioupolis beach, Apokoronas, Chania

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Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
Georgioupolis Beach in Apokoronas, Chania, Crete

Georgioupolis is located in the gulf of Almiros in the prefecture of Chania, near the boundaries of the prefecture of Rethymnon. It is a seaside village built in a magnificent region, between the mouths of the rivers Almiros and Perastikos. The river Almyros, from which Georgioupolis was known previously as Almiroupoli, empties into the port of the village after creating a lake that is shelter for many wild animals and birds. The current name of Georgioupolis is attributed to Prince George of Greece, who served as high commissioner of the Cretan State in the late 19th century. The village has many trees and a harbour which can be reached by a scenic road with eucalyptus, which starts from the square.

The exceptionally beautiful sandy beach has been awarded the Blue Flag. It has modern amenities, umbrellas, chairs and lifeguard, so that you can relax and enjoy safe swimming in the crystal clear waters. You can also do water sports and if you like horses you may even ride on the beach. The eastern part is more extensive and becomes wider as we move away from the village. In the northwestern part, the beach is noticeably colder, as in this area flow small streams. In Georgioupolis there is a white church that is built on a rocky islet in the sea, approximately 200 m from the shore. It is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and you can go to it on foot, along an idyllic path on a man-made pier that connects the chapel to the mainland.

Georgioupolis has very good transport links, especially to Chania and Rethymno, as it has regular bus services throughout the year. In the village you will find all kinds of shops and several cafés, taverns and restaurants with delicious dishes, where you can have lunch after your swim.

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