Discover Kavros & Georgioupolis...on Foot

The second book in the serie Discover...on Foot has 9 easy country walks in the area of Georgioupolis and Kournas, the eastern part of the Apokoronas area. Also this book has again a lot of extra information about the villages, history and the area. Many beautiful pictures and detailed walking maps make this book complete.
The book is available in different shops and hotels in Georgioupolis and Kournas. You can also order the book through this website (Webshop).
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First published:
Berend Wolffenbuttel
Toine van der Meijden
Berend Wolffenbuttel & Toine van der Meijden
April 2010, second edition 2019
€ 8,50
Some example pages of the book click here!


The harbour of Georgioupolis in Crete
The small habour of Georgioupolis
The village of Georgioupolis is located 35 km east of Chania and 20 km west of Rethymno. The Municipal department of Georgioupolis has approximately 2,500 inhabitants and the biggest villages are Georgioupolis and Kournas, having about 500 inhabitants each. Georgioupolis is known for its 10 km long sandy beach and is a popular beach holiday destination, together with the village of Kavros. The rest of the area is mainly agricultural, with many olive groves and feeding grounds. Several beautiful natural sites can be found in the area, the best known being the sweet water lake of Kournas. There are also rivers, green hills and an oak forest.
In 1899, in honor of the visit of the Commissioner Prince George of Greece a year earlier, the town was renamed Georgioupolis. In 1902 Georgioupolis was declared co-capital of the Sfakia Prefecture, having as its first Mayor its founder, Miltiades Papadogiannakis. In his honor a bust has been raised in the square of Georgioupolis.
In 1906 an Agricultural Society was founded by Papadogiannakis. They progressed with cultivating the land, planting more eucalyptus (in Europe it is introduced at the end of the 19th century with the aim of drying up swampy ground to defeat malaria). The Agricultural Society ceased to function in 1912 due to the war and economical problems. In the 6 years of its existence it helped change the area from a dangerous and unhealthy place to a prosperous and healthy town.
Since the inauguration, the main source of income in Georgioupolis was through agriculture. It was in the beginning of the 1980s that the area started to develop as a tourist destination and hotels in Georgioupolis and Kavros were built. Gradually the area developed into a touristic beach-holiday resort, especially Georgioupolis and Kavros. The Municipal department of Georgioupolis is a perfect location to explore western and central Crete, being close to both the cities of Chania and Rethymno but also to the south coast.
Lake Kournas near Georgioupolis on Crete
Kournas lake, just outside Georgioupolis

Where to stay?
In Georgioupolis and Kavros you find many hotels and appartments. Many travel companies have Georgioupolis in their package, so it is not difficult to find something.  A nice location just at the edge of the village Georgioupolis is If you like to stay in the nice traditional village of Kournas, have a look at, a nice starting point for hikes!