Yeorghioupolis (right) is just east of the bottom of the peninsula at the mouth of the Almyros River (Salty River) and close to the westernmost coastal boundary of Rethymnon province. This is a lush place with eucalyptus trees in the big square, a little quay and fishing boats, a long beach, some springs at the east end of the little harbor, and small streams that flow into the sea with little wooden bridges across them. A breakwater protects swimmers from the currents that are a danger farther away. To the north of the river is another small sheltered bay, and beyond there some caves and a chapel. This place has become a resort, with many rooms and tavernas , which fill up in high season.
Lake Kournas (pic left, see map above) inland 4km from Yeorghioupolis is Crete's only freshwater lake - a shallow lake surrounded by hills and covering 160acres. This place is, well worth the walk there due to its changing colors (depending on time of day and the position of the sun).
Water levels also change, dropping severely in late summer, which provides camping spots for many (though insects can be a problem, and paraphernalia for dealing with them is best brought along with you).