Gouves is a well-developed tourist resort with long sandy beaches, traditional villages and interesting archeological sites. It’s considered the most well situated and convenient place to be, since all areas of various interests can be easily reached. The village of Gouves lies about 18 km east from the centre of Iraklion and 16 km from Iraklion International Airport. In addition, the tourist development has been very euphoric in the area due to its vicinity on the one hand with Hersonissos in just 7 km away, on the other hand with popular Creta Aquarium in just 500 meters distance!
The Crete holidays destination of Gouves is a town and municipality in northern Crete, just east of the capital, Heraklion. Here you will find everything you could want from a holiday with a sun-drenched resort, fantastic sandy beach, traditional villages and fascinating archaeological sites. There’s variety of accommodation, shops, places to eat and a pleasantly low-key nightlife.
Things To Do on Holidays
Gouves has attractions to suit most tastes, with the modern beach resort at Kato Gouves and traditional Cretan villages further inland. Gouves Village provides a nice contrast to the bustle of the resort, and there are plenty of interesting historical sites to explore nearby. In a tree covered valley close to the village of Anopolis is The Monastery of Saint John ‘Theologos’. During Turkish rule the monastery housed a ‘secret school’ and was a base for local resistance to the occupation.
About 6km inland from Kato Gouves is the spectacular Skotino Cave, which is one of the largest in Crete, with awesome chambers that were used as shrines by the Minoans. The mysterious Cave of Eileithyia takes its name from the goddess who, according to Greek mythology, was born there. The cave shows signs of habitation and religious rituals dating back to the Neolithic era.
Important archaeological sites around Gouves include the excavation at Amnisos and the Minoan villa in Kokkini Hani. Knossos, the most important Minoan site on the island, is reasonably close too. Gouves is conveniently close to Heraklion, and the capital has lots of attractions including museums, galleries and historical architecture.
Crete has a rich and diverse history. The island’s Minoan era is credited as the birth of European culture, and evidenced of this advanced civilisation is scattered around the land near Gouves. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion is home to the world’s finest collection of Minoan artefacts. Through the centuries Crete has experienced successive invasions and occupations, from the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks, finally becoming part of Greece in the early twentieth century.
Gouves, like all Cretan towns and villages, has its own traditions, with Holy Week forming the centre of the religious calendar, along with saints’ days, Independence Day on the 25th of March, and others. Heraklion hosts an extensive Summer Arts Festival from July to September, with art, theatre, and music, both traditional and modern. It’s easy to get to from Gouves, and has something to suit all tastes.