Gouves is located 19 kilometers east of Heraklion Crete and 16 kilometers from Kazantzakis Heraklion International Airport. Gouves is a large area, including the well known town resort of Kato Gouves, by the Aegean sea and the traditional village of Ano Gouves, which is built under the side of the small mountain Ederi with breathtaking views. The name Gouves is derived from the Greek word “gouva,” which means ‘’a hollow in the earth’’. Since the 2011, local government reform it is part of the municipality Hersonissos, of which it is a municipal unit. In the past, the valley of Kato Gouves was cultivated by the residents of the village Ano Gouves with vegetables, olives and cereals; today harvests have given their place to hotels beach bars and tourism. In contrary to the neighboring crowded resorts Malia and Hersonissos, Gouves offers quiet holidays, perfect for families with kids and elderly people. Here you will find mostly families that appreciate the excellent sandy beaches, close to all necessary facilities.
Kato Gouves is a traditional Cretan Village and in the meantime a worldwide famous tourism destination. Kato Gouves is a beautiful, quite and romantic place which will satisfy every one of your desires. There is a variety of accommodation, from large five star hotels to motels, boarding houses and self-catering apartments, and there are numerous restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops. Apart from these, on the main road of Kato Gouves, you will find several super markets, convenient stores, shops, pharmacy, dentist, and many ATMs.
The old town of Ano Gouves is only two kilometers up the hill from Kato Gouves. You can stop off for Greek traditional coffee at kafeneia – coffee houses next to the church in the village square, before exploring the traditional narrow streets of destroyed and restored houses, and tiny whitewashed orthodox churches. It’s the perfect place to get a taste of old-style Greece – and there are some impressive views of the seafront below.
Ano Gouves and Kato Gouves is a perfect location for everything Creta has to offer: a traditional Greek village, a classic seaside experience, a cave to explore, and Minoan ruins to visit, all within a few kilometers of each other.