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Village life at its most peaceful

Finding calm isn’t always easy on Crete, but it comes as standard in this serene coastal village on the north coast. Thanks to its small size and a location nestled between bigger towns and resorts, Gournes holidays are a paradise for those seeking a little tranquility. Another bonus of its compact size is that you won’t struggle to find a sunbathing spot on the sandy beach, and Gournes’s relaxed vibe continues as you explore its laid-back clutch of cafés and restaurants.

While nightlife on holidays to Gournes is more about enjoying a quiet nightcap than taking in a thumping club scene, the ever-lively city of Heraklion is just a 20-minute drive away – you can even take a bus there. Best of all, you can retreat back to your peaceful paradise afterwards and appreciate Gournes’s quiet charms all over again the next day.

Your Gournes questions, answered

Children won’t be bored during a stay here. There are water parks, theme parks and aquariums nearby, not to mention plenty of family-friendly beaches and restaurants.

One of the great things about Gournes is its proximity to pretty villages and larger, lively areas, all of which are easily accessible with a car.

There are several mini-markets located in Gournes, which should cover your day-to-day needs. If not, neighbouring towns with larger shops are just a short drive away.

Best things to do in Gournes

Sip by the sea

Gournes’s atmospheric seafront has a range of traditional tavernas to choose from. Take a walk along the beach and grab a seat with a view.

Find fantastic frescoes

A few kilometres south of Gournes is the small, unassuming church of Agios Ioannis Pezetis, inside which you’ll find a series of incredibly detailed frescoes.

Take a hike

Gournes is a prime location for trekking, with a choice of hiking trails to suit both seasoned veterans and those seeking a short, scenic walk.


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