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A Cretan gem of two halves

If you can’t decide between a peaceful break or a livelier beach-based trip, you don’t need to – both are yours for the taking on Gouves holidays. On the north coast of Crete, you actually get two resorts for the price of one. There’s the relaxed yet buzzy village of Kato Gouves, and Pano Gouves, a traditional village just south of the beach.

You’ll find all the peace and quiet you could ask for in scenic Pano Gouves, while Kato Gouves can provide everything else, from global cuisine and cocktail bars to supermarkets and car hire. And there are plenty of beaches fringing the long coastal strip. You’re bound to find one that suits, whether you’re looking to swim, sunbathe or have fun with the family. So for a stress-free time while you’re away, holidays to Gouves are the ideal choice. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want an easy life when on holiday?

Your Gouves questions, answered

Set at the foot of Mount Ederi, Pano Gouves is known for its pretty buildings and churches, traditional Cretan culture and a few local tavernas that happily welcome tourists.
There are several museums in and around Kato Gouves, covering local history and traditional Greek art. Most of the venues outside Gouves are less than 10 minutes away by car.
Mount Ederi offers fantastic views across Gouves and beyond. It can be reached by car or by foot if you want to give your legs a good workout.

Best things to do in Gouves

Drive to the cave

A 10-minute drive from Gouves you’ll find Skotino Cave, a vast cavern complex that some believe was the inspiration for the Minotaur’s lair. It’s a must-visit.

Go bar hopping

Kato Gouves’ coast is a lively area with enough bars to keep nightlife-hungry visitors entertained. Things never get hectic, and there’s still a warm, convivial atmosphere.

Make a splash

Thanks to its stretch of coastline, Gouves is a great place to indulge in watersports, whether you want to try paragliding, jet skiing or another aquatic activity.