Central Crete beaches



Gouves beaches
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Kato Gouves is a popular holiday resort located 18km east of Heraklion, in the foothills of Mount Ederi. In the past, the valley of Kato Gouves was cultivated by the residents of the village of Ano Gouves with vegetables, olives, and cereals; today harvests have given their place to hotels and tourism. Contrary to the neighboring crowded resorts Malia and Hersonissos, Gouves offers peaceful holidays, ideal for families with children and elderly people. Here you will find mostly families that enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches, close to all necessary facilities.

The beach of Gouves is very well organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, lifeguards, diving centers, water sports, showers, changing rooms, etc. The sea has fine sand and shallow water but is open to the frequent north winds. Therefore, there are several small piers and small marinas nearby, where you can swim, protected by the waves. The coastal road of Gouves runs along the coast, making the detection of your favorite beach very easy! In the evening you can walk along this road and enjoy the sunset. There are also many cafes and restaurants on the road with spectacular sea views. Apart from these, on the main road of Gouves, you will find several supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, practices, and ATMs.

A place worth visiting is the church of St. Constantine, which is built within a small pine forest, just next to the sea. It is situated in a very scenic seascape and this is why hundreds of couples from Heraklion choose to get married here. If it's Saturday, it is almost certain that you will come across a Greek wedding or baptism. Moreover, 2km north of the shore there is the village of Ano Gouves with its traditional narrow streets, churches, and coffee shops. Further north, you can visit the Cave of Agia Paraskevi, located near the village of Skotino. Finally, on the east, rises the mountain of Ederi, where the radars used by the Americans, for the operation of the former US air base Gournes, were installed.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture, Central Crete, North Crete, Pediada area (Hersonissos)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Crowded place
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Lifeguard, Showers
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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