Situated just few kilometers east of Heraklion the municipality of Gouves is a well-developed tourist resort with long sandy beaches, traditional villages and interesting archeological sites. West of Gouves you will find the tourist resorts of Kokkini Hani and Amnissos with sandy beaches and remarkable archeological sites and to the east you can visit Crete’s biggest resort Hersonissos.
The village of Gouves lies about 20 km east of Heraklion. Kato Gouves with its long sandy beach is the summer resort just outside the village. There is a variety in accommodation from large hotels to pensions and self-catering apartments and lots of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and all sorts of shops.
At a short distance you will find beautiful and picturesque villages and interesting sights, such as the monastery of Saint John "Theologos". The Skotino Cave lies about 6 km inland and is one of the largest and most spectacular in Crete. About one km inland from the summer resort of Amnissos (about 7 km from Heraklion city) you will find the mysterious cave of Eileithyia.The most important archeological sights of the area are the Minoan villa in Kokkini Hani and the one in Amnissos.