1. 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 guarantees a relaxing stay. And so it proved on arrival, with nine kilometres of spacious, quiet beach and a lazy restaurant/bar scene that literally demands its clientele to chill out, kick back and stare out into the ocean while you wait for those drinks.