Holidays to Gouves
Gouves is on the north coast of Crete and has developed primarily through tourism. The coastal area is known as Kato Gouves (lower Gouves) and approximately 2 miles inland you will find the traditional old village of Pano Gouves (upper Gouves) built on the hillside of Mt Ederi.
Why visit Gouves?
Accommodation in Kato Gouves is mainly set among farmland with the main road providing a selection of shops, tavernas and bars. There is a paved promenade area in Gouves with a number of beachfront cafes, a yacht marina and even a chapel built on the rocks adjacent to the sea. A mini train runs around the resort of Gouves in the main season.
Out and about around Gouves
There is a local bus service from Gouves to both Heraklion and Aghiois Nikolaos plus a selection of local excursions. A holiday to Gouves is ideally placed for exploring the north of Crete including the Palace of Knossos, Lassithi Plateau or Chania with is beautiful Venetian harbour and lighthouse.
Whilst on holiday in Gouves, a visit to Pano Gouves is recommended with its village square, narrow lanes and traditional tavernas. Further up the mountain lies the village of Skotino with the famous Skotino cave, one of the largest caves in Crete which some believe was the legendary labyrinth of the Minotaur. A trip to the top of Mt Ederi (known as Mickey Mouse Mountain by the locals due to two abandoned radar dishes) is a must for the view from the top.
Daytime activities in and around Gouves
The beaches at Gouves are a mixture of course sand and rocky bays with a selection of water sports. For a real fun day out, visit Watercity water park situated between Hersonissos and Heraklion with its' 34 different adrenalin watergames.
Who is Gouves suitable for?
Gouves is suited to couples and families wanting a relaxing holiday. The nightlife is mainly centred around the bars and tavernas but for a more lively night out, you can visit nearby Aghios Nikolaos.
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