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.
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.