One of the places I wanted to visit during our fall 2021 trip to Greece was the chapel at Georgioupoli in Crete. I have seen this church out in the sea many times on Instagram and wanted to see it myself. I liked the look of the white chapel in the sea contrasted with the black rock path leading to the chapel. While researching where the chapel is located, I was thrilled to find it just a few miles off of our route from Chania to Rethymno in Crete. As it was though, we ended up going to Koutalas Beach first so took some backroads to get here. I wouldn’t necessarily say we were lost, but many of the roads we drove, weren’t on our map. Lucky for us, in my broken Greek, we were able to ask and understand directions from a helpful local gentleman.
From Old Town Chania, once you connect to the main highway, you can get to Georgioupoli pretty easily. When coming from Chania, follow the road to Georgioupoli and follow it to Georgioupoulis Beach. I don’t remember if there were signs pointing to the beach, but we drove right to it so it must have been pretty easy to find. There is parking by the beach and you can walk out to Agios Nikolaos Chapel. It is about a 40 minute drive from Old Town Chania. The drive then to Rethymno from Georgioupoli is about 30 minutes.
Agios Nikolaos Chapel
The Chapel at Georgioupoli, Crete is named for Agios Nikolaus who is the patron saint of sailors. Built by the sea and dedicated it to Agios Nikolaos in hopes to protect the sailors and also their boats. This small whitewashed chapel sits on the end of an islet so it appears to be setting in the sea. To reach the chapel you must walk a short distance on a path of black stones. Note that these stones are not smooth and takes careful footing to walk on. I am glad I wore tennis shoes as I think I would have had stubbed a toe or two on these rocks.
Stopping to walk to the Agios Nikolaos Chapel at Georgioupoli in Crete is something I would absolutely do again. It was fun and also a bit of an adventure while walking over the rough rocks. I highly recommend stopping here if you are driving from Chania to Rethymno.