Kato Gouves (or simply 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 Ano Gouves with vegetables, olives and cereals.
In contrary to the neighboring crowded Malia and Hersonissos, Gouves offer more peaceful holidays. 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, lifeguard, diving centers, water sports, showers, changing rooms, etc. They have fine sand and shallow waters, but are open to the north winds. That's why you will find several small ports and marinas nearby, where you can swim. The coastal road of Gouves runs along the coast, making the detection of your favorite beach easy! In the evening you can walk along this road and enjoy the sunset. There are also many cafes and restaurant on the road with spectacular sea view. Apart from these, on the main road of Gouves, you will find several super markets, shops, pharmacy, practice and ATMs.