The most beautiful part of northern Crete
Eliros Mare is situated at a vantage point that allows it to access not only the vast beach of Georgioupolis but also have direct access to both the area of Rethymnon and Chania and providing visitors the opportunity to visit a large area with many natural attractions and numerous historical monuments.
The above are also destinations for short tours, walks, shopping and nightlife.
You can reach our hotel
by taxi: Chania – Kavros app. 65 €, Heraklion – Kavros app. 120 € (max. 4 people per Taxi und drive). You can arrange a taxi for you, if we have your flight number and arrival time.
by bus: there is a regular bus connection from the main towns of the island to Kavros The bus station is app. 50 meters from our hotels away. Current prices and timetable can be found at each airport or port.
by car: If you would like to rent a car, we can inform you about the availability, price and insurance details. We receive this information from the car rentals of the area. You can see here a current price list of renting vehicles.
“Blessed by Nature” – “Blessed by God”
On the western side of northern Crete, at the bay where Almyros River flows into, at the crossroads between Rethymnon and Chania is the picturesque town of Georgioupolis, which belongs to the province Apokoronas.
The city has become one of the most important tourist resorts of northern Crete because of the unique beauty of the landscape and the famous beach. A beach with fine sand and shallow waters that gather every summer thousands of tourists from Greece and abroad. It is built on an area of particular morphological features combining: mountain, valley, river, lake (near the village), sea, wild nature with forests and arable land with vineyards and olive groves.
The beautiful and rare flora and fauna due to the abundance of water emanating from the impressive peaks of the White Mountains, which a guest can admire from the balcony of Eliros Mare.
Georgioupolis is easily accessible from any part of the island, since it is located on the main road axis of Crete. As a tourist center it has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, modern hotels, taverns and nightlife with many entertainment options. It maintains, however, live the authenticity of its people and the elements that have characterized the famous Cretan hospitality.
The southernmost lake in Europe
Located 2.5 km from the sea and 5 km from the hotel. It is the only natural freshwater lake in Crete. The legend says that it was created when a beautiful daughter to escape the erotic appetites of her father wished him «Βούλα και Βουλιλίμνα και εγώ στοιχειό στη λίμνα». So sank the ground and created the lake. Local belief also reports that the lake is “bottomless”, ie without bottom, which is why in its waters are formed Blue successive cycles.
What is certain is that the lake is mentioned since ancient times by the name Korisia and is believed that on the banks there was the sacred temple of Korisia Athena.
The deepest point reaches 22 meters and in its waters are rare live fish, reptiles and snakes and a rare two-color kind of turtle. The lake is a stop for migratory birds and has been included in the Natura 2000 network as a Bird Protection Area.
Lake Kournas is a magical holiday destination, of naturalist and geological interest. It has developed in tourism, as on the banks are facilities with organized beaches for swimmers and paddle boats. It also has many taverns that are famous for their food and charming cafes with spectacular views.
A tropical destination…
Argyroypolis belongs to the prefecture of Rethymno and is 10 km from the hotel. It is a picturesque mountain village with 400 inhabitants, situated at an altitude of over 700 meters and has been declared a traditional settlement waist cultural value. In and around the village there are many excavated parts of the ancient city of Lappa, Roman remains, Venetian structures and Byzantine churches. An important attraction is the Temple of the Five Virgins, outside the village, which is carved into the rock. Argyroypoli is connected with the revolution of 1878, because here was declared the union of Crete with Greece.
If you visit the picturesque village do not forget to see the exotic location … “Piges” where there are plenty of running water flowing in streams and form ponds and small waterfalls and drive several mills. In the area there is luxuriant vegetation with spectacular perennial trees. See also the chapel of the Agias Dunamis which is built into the rock from which gush clear waters.
Here is a “must” to sit and eat. The environment is beautiful and appetizing, while the taverns are renowned for its excellent food. Especially meat eaters will love it. An enjoyable experience that you must live.
Natural beauty and wonderful people
In the beautiful village of Vrises, over the river Vrisako at the exit to Rethymnon, under the new highway, is a Greco-Roman bridge, called Greek Kamara. The bridge is used until today and is made of stone, without mud and rises 6.4 meters above the river.
Less than three kilometers south of the village of Vamos, in Karidi location, which was in the Venetian period residence of the Venetian ruler of the region, is the only monastery in Apokoronas. The monastery of St. George, called “Monastery Karidi”, is an architectural element that was restored and operates since 1996. Also there has been restored the home of a Venetian nobleman and the area of the olive large mill that was built during the Ottoman Empire, with feature 12 impressive arches that supported the roof.
The Minoan domed tomb at Filaki is chronologically placed in the Late Minoan period and is kept in excellent condition. The pyramidal roof is impressive and the most striking element is the huge carved rock fitted above the door.
One kilometer after Argyroypoli, in Pergialones, built in a cave, there is a small chapel of St. Nicholas Skoteinis, which is celebrated on September 1 and has a very important story.