Georgioupolis Beach, September 2011. The picturesque fishing village of Georgioupolis is situated on the north coast of Crete, between the cities of Rethymnon and Chania. Although a popular spot for vacationers, I’d been encouraged to hear that it had managed to retain an air of sleepiness that guaranteed a relaxing stay. And so it proved on arrival, with nine kilometres of spacious, quiet beach and a lazy restaurant/bar scene that literally demanded its clientele to chill out, kick back and stare out into the ocean while you wait for those drinks.
Agios Nikolaos Church, September 2011. Georgioupolis Beach starts at the gorgeous little whitewashed church of Agios Nikolaos, the archetypal Greek fisherman’s chapel. It can be accessed via a rocky walkway that starts right on the sand and takes roughly eight minutes to reach its pretty front porch.
Agios Nikolaos Church, September 2011. With its jagged rocks and peppered pools of curious sea life, the walkway can be a tricky affair, so be sure to watch your footing! On arrival you can dip inside its tiny interior and light a candle, while the views out over the ocean and back across the beach and town are simply fantastic.
Lake Kournas, September 2011. This massive freshwater lake lies within easy reach of Georgioupolis. In fact, if you’ve got a few hours to spare, you could even walk! Somewhat hidden in a basin between its surrounding mountains, I was surprised to find the area wildly underdeveloped, though there were a few tavernas around and small boats for hire down at the marina. Look out for geese, terrapins, herons and kingfishers!
Georgioupolis Beach, September 2011. At some point towards the end of the trip S and I decided that we wanted to come back to Crete the following year. We’d been walking down Georgioupolis Beach at sunset performing our traditional shadow play routine when the idea hatched. Georgioupolis had been lovely and we’d also enjoyed a great day trip to the nearby city of Rethymno. Running my finger over a map of the island, the town of Sitia, situated in the northeast, jumped out and bit me on the nose. Done deal.