Explore the vibrant town of Gouves
Have you been looking for the ideal tourist destination where you can just relax and allow the stresses of life to melt away as you feel the warmth of the sun beating down on your skin? Gouves in Crete is the holiday resort for you. Gouves and its surrounding areas feature stunning sandy beaches, lovely villages and some fascinating archaeological sites. Gouves is also popular due to its close proximity to the vibrant city of Heriklion.
The history of Gouves is not very certain, however the first mention of the city is in documents dating back to 1387. In 1577 Barozzi makes reference to "Guvos" and "Guves" in the Register of 1583. Then in 1630 Vassilikata remarked on "Vuves". A few magnificent churches are dotted around Gouves such as Aghios Giogos, Aghios Ioannis, Zoodochos Pigis and Panayia. The name Gouves is a Cretan word refering to holes in which wheat was stored during the Middle Ages.
Gouves is most recognized for its stunning beaches. The lovely golden sands simply call out to you and the glistening waters will leave you breathless. Gouves' beaches are perfect for the whole family with shallow waters and plenty of sandcastle materials. The Marina beach is a great spot for water sports. You can also just lie back and relax on a sun lounger whilst the lifeguards watch over your loved ones. The beach in front of the Pantheon Palace Hotel is also good for bathing and offers the safety of a lifeguard. After sundown you can enjoy some entertainment here. The nightlife in Gouves is rather relaxed with a few tavernas and bars dotted throughout the town. Simply chill to some music and maybe join in the dancing.
There are several day-trips around Gouves such as boat rides to Spinalonga, Heraklion and Knossos. Spend a day at the fun-filled water park near Hersonissos. Just a few kilometers in any direction and you will discover quaint villages and many historical sights.
Accommodation is no problem in Gouves. Hotels, apartments and boarding houses are located all around the town. Gouves' hotels located on the beachfront are usually the most popular, providing quick access to the sunny shores. If you're planning on staying for a while, why not consider one of the many self-catering apartments in Gouves.
Crete's Gouves is a unique family holiday getaway that will leave you feeling refreshed and energised.