Gorgeous Gouves Holidays 2018 / 2019
Gouves is located on the island of Crete, around 25 minutes from the capital, Heraklion, and just 15 minutes from Hersonissos, Crete's largest and most popular resort.
Gouves is often confused with its different parts, Kato Gouves and Pano Gouves. Kato Gouves is the popular beach resort and the main tourist draw of the area. A popular beachfront promenade, lots of restaurants and a gorgeous beach make Kato Gouves an ideal spot for a family holiday - keep an eye out for those flags if you want to go for a dip, though.
Pano Gouves is located at the base of a hill just inland from Kato Gouves. Pano Gouves shows off the history of Crete's past and here you can find winding streets and whitewashed houses. You can walk between the two, Kato and Pano, but on a hot day make sure to pack plenty of water.
Most popular hotels in Gouves
Gouves Park Holiday Resort
Diogenis Blue Palace
Villa Marie Kelly Hotel Apartments and Studios
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 0m
When to go
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Darting straight to the sand is an acceptable motion, but for those hoping to gain a little more than a healthy tan from their time in Crete would do well with a visit to some of the surrounding attractions of the island. Gouves is surrounded by a number of charming and engaging Cretan villages, all allowing you to capture a unique insight into authentic and traditional life on the island of Crete, somewhat removed from the core tourist areas frequented by visitors during their holidays in Gouves.
Take the short journey to the Skotino Cave, one of the largest caves in Crete, or Eileithyia Cave to gain a glimpse into the area’s Neolithic past, while those after a better understanding of Crete’s history should pay a visit to the fascinating Minoan Villa site in Kokkini Hani and Amnisos. If you’re more interested in the truly ancient history of the area, head along the coast to nearby Kissamos where you can discover archaeological finds dating from Roman times, including stunning mosaics.
Life's a Beach
The popular beach resort of Kato Gouves boasts a Blue Flag beach absolutely riddled with umbrellas. Due to its popularity, you'll find a host of facilities and amenities along the beach which means your beach days out will be comfortable. Enjoy dinner at a beachfront taverna, book into an all inclusive hotel, and make the most of the Cretan sunshine.
Alternatively, heading just 15 minutes up the coast to Hersonissos. Home to magnificent beaches, the ferry to Santorini and a vast range of activities, Hersonissos makes for a fun day ou