BEACHunder the cretan sun


Eliros Mare Beachfront Poem Hotel excellent organized beach is located in Kournas long sandy beach, at the point where the prefecture of Rethymnon meets Chania.

Kournas Beach is surrounded by the breathtaking view of the White Mountains. The beach of Kournas is the natural completion of an olive tree green valley with many water springs and Almyros River that flows to it, creating a beautiful natural landscape.

Enjoy a swim at the beautiful beach with fine sand, dunes and crystal clear shallow waters, which each year is awarded a blue flag by the authorities of the EU and is ideal for children as it has a high standard of hygiene and safety. The beach is supervised daily by trained lifeguards placed from our local authorities. Our staff daily keeps the beach cleaned. It has umbrellas and sunbeds, and for the friends of action there is the possibility for mild water sports and horse riding in the sand.

This vast beach is also an ideal spot to admire a unique – romantic sunset on an idyllic summer night that you will never forget.




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.