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Gouves lies approx. 18km to the east of Heraklion city and is often overlooked by those drawn to the towns of Malia and Hersonissos as tourist resorts. However, if you are looking for a quieter holiday with (mainly) sun and sea, Gouves may just be the best option for you.
Most people visit Kato Gouves which offers an array of restaurants, cafes, shops, hotels and a long stretch of sandy beach. There is a picturesque promenade running alongside the beach, offering a delightful stroll in the morning or as you watch the sun set over the mountains or sea.
For those who enjoy the sea but wish to be a little more active, there are many options in Gouves such as waterskiing, canoe, paragliding and pedal or banana boat activities. In addition, a cultural outing can be accompanies by a visit to the local folklore museum which comes highly recommended by all who visit.
There are also quite a few options for families with children that wish to relax while also doing something different to the norm on holiday. In nearby Gournes there is the Cretaquarium to visit and not much further, one finds the Annapolis Water Park for wet fun all day long!
Pano Gouves is the older village sibling of Kato Gouves. There you will find quaint little churches, traditional coffee shops (kafenion) and tavernas with delicious local flavours, as you wonder the winding little streets of the village, adorned with stone built houses – some restored and some still abandoned.
Climbing a little further up from Pano Gouves, one finds the village and cave of Skotino which some believe is connected to the myth of the Minotaur! All the options above are not too far from the airport of Heraklion and, while Gouves can easily be reached by busy, many of the surrounding locations cannot. Therefore, it is highly advisable that visitors rent a car – the main reason why Apex Car Rental is here to help you explore the places that will truly make your trip special!
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