BEACHunder the cretan sun


In the heart of Kournas Beach, lies the Eliros Mare Beachfront Poem Hotel, offering guests a front-row seat to the stunning beauty of the White Mountains. Kournas Beach sits on a stretch of sand at the point where the prefecture of Rethymnon meets Chania, surrounded by a green valley with olive trees and water springs.

Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the hotel’s well organized beach, awarded a Blue Flag eco certification for its high standards of hygiene and safety. Trained lifeguards, placed by local authorities, supervise the beach daily, ensuring that guests can swim and play with peace of mind. 

Relax on a sunbed under the shade of an umbrella, or indulge in a water sport or horse riding on the sand. As the day comes to an end, embrace the warmth of a romantic sunset, watching as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with a spectrum of unique colors. A summer night by Eliros Mare beach is an unforgettable experience, a celebration of beauty and relaxation.




If you are looking for private summer moments, dare to visit Episkopi beach in a distance of 6.5km away from Eliros Mare Hotel.

The sandy beach of Episkopi is 3.5km long and it is located 14km west of Rethymnon in a fertile valley. The beach is partly organised so you have the option to find less crowded and quiet spots to enjoy the crystal Cretan waters. Episkopi beach is bounded on the west by the Mouselas river and on the east by the river which runs in the Petres gorge.

The access to Episkopi beach is very easy either by car or by bus. Take the opportunity to combine your swim at the beach of Episkopi with a visit to the springs of Argyroupolis lake.


Kalivaki is one of the beaches of Georgioupolis, on the west side of the harbor, with shallow waters, and beautiful dunes. It is a bay sandy beach, right where the river Almyros meets the sea. The beach is located only 5km away from Eliros Mare Hotel.  Two other rivers flank the beach, bringing their clear waters from the Lefka Ori mountains, which can be admired in the backdrop of the beach.

Kalivaki is smaller than the main beach of Georgioupolis, and due to its location, the beach is protected from the wind, making it a great destination for families with children. It is perfect for swimming, as the water is calm, but keep in mind that, because of the rivers, the water is icy-cold at the surface, yet, after you dive in, it gets warmer – a refreshing experience, beneficial for toning your body. The sea is clear for snorkeling, and the aquatic life here is fascinating.

Kalivaki is well organized: you will find sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as tavernas by the beach to grab a snack, or a light lunch – you are in luck if you love fish. The simple food here is well cooked, according to fishermen’s traditions.