This charming village with its long stretch of sandy beach and river running into the sea, was until recent times a sleepy little fishing village in an out-of-the-way place. Over the past 20 years it has slowly grown into a very popular holiday resort, with a wide range of tavernas, shops, cafes, boutiques and other tourist amenities.
The beautiful countryside surrounding the village is ideal for those keen on walking, while the splendid sandy shore and relaxed seaside atmosphere make it ideal for beach lovers.
There is an excellent bus service in all directions and thus it is possible to go quite far afield, for example to Heraklion (90min journey) or the south coast perhaps to visit Phaistos or Matala.
Some distance outside the village, a long row of hotels sits alongside the sweeping almost 10 km long pale fine sandy beach and crystal clear waters. However, a part of timeless old Georgioupolis remains very much in place. As in years gone by, the eucalyptus tree lined square remains the perfect place to sit and watch the villagers meet each other in the kafenions to exchange the news of the day over a coffee or ouzo.
Lake Kournas, famed as the only fresh water lake on Crete and haven for wild life, is worth a visit. The lake used to be called 'Korisia' after ancient 'Korion', a city thought to be in the area with a temple to Athena. Although it tends to be a popular area for holidaymakers it it is still a lovely place to spend some time.
Where to stay
These two attached and modern villas are set high on a hillside, offering panoramic sea views across the Bay of Georgioupolis.
These two villas lie on the hills of Kournas looking over the natural lake of Kournas and the sea.
Two houses, each with its own swimming pool, close to Georgioupolis.
"We had a fantastic two weeks in Georgioupolis, the Zorbas apartments are one of the best we have ever been in, the 'Boss Lady' Apostolaki Sfigenia has been there for 30 years with her sister and family and over the last three years they have refurbished them; towels were changed every other day, sheets at least four times during the two weeks, they had a taverna next door and the food there was excellent, there were also many good tavernas around, the star attraction was the pelican at the harbour. We would recommend them to anyone, there was a lovely swimming pool, a patio area at the back with sun loungers. Many thanks for all your help."
N Wilsea, June 2011