Georgioupolis lies at the northern coast of Crete, about 35km away from Chania and 20 km from Rethimno. It is a coastal village situated at the bay of Almiros, with Cape Drapano and its rocky coast to the north and the long sandy beach towards Rethimno to the east. It belongs to the county of Apokoronas of the prefecture of Chania. Three rivers meet the sea at the village; the largest is Almiros and its delta enhanced with a small breakwater extending in the sea serves even today as a port for fishing and small tourist boats. Its location halfway through the towns of Rethimno and Chania helps to establish it as a port for boats following the north coast of Crete.
Georgioupolis is built on the delta of the river Almiros. In fact it was called Almiros or Almiroupolis (city of Almiros) up to the beginning of the century when Crete united with Greece and the city took the name of the then king of Greece and high commissioner of the island in the last years of Ottoman occupation, King George.
The village was first settled in modern times in the late 19th century (1880). Up to then the whole area was abandoned due to the swamps that surrounded the river delta. The fear of malaria kept every one away. With the passing of time however, and the efforts of the first settlers, the swamps were dried, eucalyptus are planted and the city starts to grow. The entrance to the village on the old road from Vrisses is a long avenue of eucalyptus trees. A fishing village up to 1990 or so, it was discovered and has been transformed into a popular holiday destination over the past 15 years, without losing its original charm and tranquillity. It is still a small tightly knit community of locals involved primarily with the traditional activities of stock breeding, farming and fishing. The village has 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 main attraction of the area is the 9 km sandy beach towards Rethimno and Kalivaki beach on the other side of the river. The beaches are busy with people enjoying the sand, the sea, and a drink at the beach bars. As for the location it is a great choice as a starting point for excursions into western Crete and exploring the traditional villages of the area towards Vamos or White Mountains to the south.
Also, there are excursions by small boats to the surrounding beaches and a small road-going train that take you to an excursion to the surrounding areas, including the Lake of Kournas and the springs and waterfalls at the nearby village of Argiroupolis.
Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete. It is circular and lies in about 4km from Georgioupolis, at the edge of a valley, at the foot of a mountain that is reflected on the surface. Today Kournas Lake is a favourite destination for locals and tourists. It is an ideal area for relaxation, especially in the afternoon. Visitors can walk on the banks, swim or ride a pedalo to explore the lake and its inhabitants; gooses, ducks, water snakes, terrapins, crabs. A walk around the lake is possible only in late summer and autumn, as during winter and spring the water level is high. When the level drops a thick layer of white sand is revealed, forming small beaches on the banks. On a side of the lake there are taverns and cafes with lake view and the visitors can buy souvenirs from the pottery workshops which sell their own handcrafts.