Once not much more than a tiny fishing village, Georgioupolis has since mushroomed into a tourist favourite, but it’s still managed to cling on to its charm. Its popularity can be attributed to the long, sandy beach which gilds the shoreline for several kilometres. The busiest spots are studded with straw parasols and sun beds, but tread further out and you’ll come to secluded, footprint-free pockets of sand. The hub of the village – both in terms of geography and community - is the harbour. It’s the point where the River Almyros flows into the sea and it’s lined with little wooden boats. Head down there early in the morning and you’ll see fishermen chugging back to shore with hauls of fish. One of Georgioupolis’ standout sights is down here, too – the chapel of St Nicholas. It’s a little whitewashed place at the end of a rocky path that juts out into the sea. In winter, when the winds are strong, the whole chapel is lashed by crashing waves. Further inland, it’s the village square that draws the most attention – especially come night time when a cluster of cafes and bars whir into life. With ancient eucalyptus trees and a statue of the founder of the village, Miltiades Papadogiannakis, in the centre, it makes for a pretty setting. More cafes and bars, with terraces nudging into the sands, can be found backing the main beach. For daytrips, Lake Kournas, about two kilometres up the road, is well worth a visit. With a mountain backdrop and banks lined with olive trees, it’s an idyllic setting for a swim.
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