While Gouves may not be centrally located, it did not matter since we wanted to rent a car so we could access many of the more remote parts of Crete. Driving in Crete was quite a pleasure, the drivers seemed to be quite tolerant and also generous. But back to Gouves...we found a hotel with resonable prices (the Aphrodite Beach Hotel) and settled in for our week of sun and surf. As you can see there was PLENTY of both, even in October.
The beaches have seating and umbrellas but they do cost 5 Euro per day...but again we were in luck that I have a beard...when we sat down and began to get undressed to take our dip in the ocean, the local gentleman who ran the concession came up to us and told us that we must pay Euro 5 per person for the beach chairs and umbrellas...he then looked over us all and saw ME....he came around our group, walked up to me and stuck out his hand and said "Nice to meet you ZZTOP" with a big grin on his face...
then he followed up THAT statement with "For you the seats are FREE"...
now who could argue with such a nice guy !!!^O
Gouves is situated on the north coast of Crete Island and to the east of Heraklion, this municipality spreads from the lovely beaches a few kilometres inland to the fertile fields and picturesque villages that cling to the different hills. Kato Gouves: a large beach resort on Crete, with a lot of hotels and apartments. The restaurants and bars are all centred around the main road of Gouves, which does not look typical Greek… It is a typical tourist resort, Gouves offers also a diving school, a large harbour, long beaches and in the summer lots of tourists.
Ano Gouves: the beautiful little village situated above Kato Gouves. ano Gouves means: “Higher Gouves” and Kato Gouves: “Lower Gouves”. The village is really worth visiting, with a beautiful church surrounded by small Greek taverns, which are open the whole years around. ano Gouves is situated on a five kilometers distance. In ano Gouves you will still find the traditional sceneries of Greece.
In recent years, the tourist development has been very marked in this area, due on the one hand to its wonderful beaches, on the other hand, to its vicinity to Heraklion to the west and Chersonissos a few kilometres to the east. It covers an area of 9496 ha. and has a population of 4918 people.
My Gouves picture Montage