Gouves is a popular, coastal resort, 20km east of Heraklion on Cretes north coast, giving easy airport access and short 10 mins transfer times. Suitable for all, it offers enticing sandy and shingle beaches, offering some water-sports.
The village of Gouves has many beach tavernas and restaurants, the high street has a variety of shops, particulary leather and shoe shops as well as souvenir shops, supermarkets and pharmacys.
Entertainment in the village centres around friendly bars, restaurants, some smaller clubs and Cretan music bars, and of course the beaches. The village offers car and bike hire, watersports and a marina. Nearby sites of interest include the Ilythia cave and excursions to the archaelogical site of Knossos, Spinalonga island, WaterCity Waterpark and golf. Herkalion, only a 20 min bus ride away provides ample shopping and a day market and there is easy access to the large resort nearby towns of Hersonissos and Malia.