The village of Georgioupolis is located 38 km east of Chania and 20 km west of Rethymnon, at the western end of a very long sandy beach along which a number of hotels have been built. The village also has a small picturesque fishing harbour.
Type of beach: sandy beach
Size of beach: possibly Crete's longest beach, over 10 km long
How busy: because of its size it won't ever feel crowded though sunbeds and umbrellas can be quite densely packed in front of some hotels.
Winds: :it can be windy if the wind is blowing from the North.
Sunbeds and umbrellas, cabins to change, showers, life guards in the more populated areas of the beach
Safe for children: not really unless the sea is really quiet. The area can be subject to strong currents (fortunately they run along the coast so will not drag you far out to sea so don't panic!) and drownings occur every year. There is a much safer small beach to the East of the river where the water is shallower and there are no currents but because it is close to the river the water can be a lot colder.
Car parking: no problem anywhere along the beach unless you are right by the village where space could be tight.
Georgioupolis is located along the main road that connects Chania to Rethymnon and Heraklion with an hourly bus service in both directions. Very good road access if you come by car.
There are many places in the village as well as in the cafés and beach snack bars scattered along the beach.