Georgioupoli is a popular seaside resort located 38km east of Chania and 21km west of Rethymnon. It is a small coastal town, situated in a lush valley full with rivers and springs. Locals, apart from tourism, deal with beekeeping and agriculture. The river Almiros crosses the town. Before the town, there is the Almiros marsh, where very important animal species are sheltered. One landmark of the village is the road and the square with the numerous eucalyptus and cypress trees. The square is full of restaurants, cafes and tourist shops. At the exit of Almyros, you will meet the picturesque harbor of the area. But the town's highlight is the picturesque chapel of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos), that is built on the end of the small pier. The church from far looks like floating on the sea surface.
The area of Georgioupolis is inhabited at least since the Minoan times. A Minoan tomb has been found on the hill Kastelos. Georgioupolis is located in the site of ancient Amfimalla, which was the port city of Lappa (currently Argiroupoli). Indeed, several devotional findings have been excavated.
During the Byzantine period, Saint John Xenos founded the Monastery of Saint George in Dramia. During the Venetian Era, this fertile region was very important for the invaders, who built a fort. It was later destroyed by the Turks, who built a new one by using the materials of the old one. Unfortunately, the fort is now damaged.
During the 19th century a big part of the marshland area was dried, in order to save space for new cultivations. Many new residents were then attracted. This created a fairly large settlement, which was named Almyroupoli (i.e. Almiros town), named after the local river. However, the name changed very soon to Georgioupolis, in honor of Prince George, who gave assistance to locals for the of Crete with Greece.
Georgioupolis is a seaside resort located 38km east of Chania and 21km west of Rethymnon. It is a small coastal town, situated in a lush valley filled with rivers and springs. The town lies on the western edge of a vast long beach with 10km length. Georgioupolis beach stretches 2km to the east, starting from the river Almiros and ending in Kavros beach, which is a natural extension of the first beach.
Lake Kournas and its surroundings constitute a very important ecosystem for Greece. Kournas is one of the very few areas of Crete where plenty of fresh water is stored throughout the year. For this reason, it is protected under the Natura 2000 program.
At the point where the prefecture of Rethymno meets Chania, east of Georgioupolis beaches, we find the beaches of Kavros and Kournas. The place at its greatest part is developed and only a very small part of it has been left untouched. Between this remaining virgin parts of the beach there is an extensive and very important ecosystem of dunes.
Kalivaki is the westernmost beach of Georgioupolis bay, located 38km east of Chania and 21km west of Rethymnon, near the exit of Almyros river which has water all year round lies the nice beach of Kalivaki. It is a beautiful sandy beach and water, due to the rivers is very cold.
The lake and the river Almyros in the area of Georgioupolis consist one of the most important wetlands of western Crete. In the lake we find many aquatic birds and aquatic plants like reeds, myrtles, oleanders. The lake is natural and is watered by the water of the White Mountains. The bank has been formed in order to assist the operation of a small 300kW hydroelectric power station.
The Boutakas River is located in the province of Apokoronas in Chania, which originates from the White Mountains near Vafes village. It passes through the village of Vrysses, where there are many beautiful taverns, and flows into the beautiful beach of Kalyvaki in Georgioupolis, after being mixed with salt water.