Peaceful holidays: Gouves holidays are some of the quietest on Crete’s northern coast, but that makes them no less charming. It has actually been popular for holidays from the UK for years. People appreciate the relaxed atmosphere, yet also the fact that Gouves holidays 2012 are near enough to enjoy all the main facilities of even more popular holidays in Malia and Hersonissos holidays.
Big selection of bars and restaurants: Gouves holidays may be a little quieter than some other holidays to Crete, but they’re still very tourist-focused. This is reflected in the variety of restaurants and bars in Gouves, ranging right from classic Greek in style to home-from-home British.
Activities in Gouves
Marina Beach: More of a beach than an activity centre, Marina Beach still has more than enough to keep you occupied during your holidays in Gouves. There’s actually a full-size area for a spot of bowls, the perfect leisurely sport when you’re in the hot sun! Plus, there’s a colourful playground to keep the kids from being bored on family holidays.
Water sports holidays: Water sports are well supported on Gouves’s collection of dusky golden beaches. From the seas you’ll have the choice of all manner of activities, including jet-skiing, scuba diving and paragliding.
Crete Golf Club: This PGA-standard golf course was created by renowned British architect Bob Hunt. Just 3km away from Gouves, near Hersonissos, this golf club is well worth visiting if you’re into golfing on your holidays. The course offers a good degree of challenge with huge bunkers, narrow, curving fairways and dramatic views of the surrounding mountainous countryside.
Beaches in Gouves
Marina Beach: Gouves holidays have a good selection of sandy beaches, and it’s for this reason that many people choose to have holidays here. Marina Beach is the most activity-led with water sports out to sea, a playground (perfect for children on family holidays) and even a selection of sports like bowls and volleyball on the beach itself.
Patheon Beach: Just a little to the east of the centre of Gouves, Patheon Beach is a little wider than Marina. As a result, there’s ample space for sunbathing during your beach holidays here, even if it gets busier in the summer months. It’s also well facilitated with beachfront restaurants and bars so you’ve never too far away from a cool cocktail or tasty snack!
Restaurants in Gouves
Mylos: This nice little restaurant with a leafy exterior and outdoor rustic terrace serves tasty home cooked Greek food just as it should be – simple and unfussy but with excellent fresh ingredients. Try dishes like stifado (stew) souvlaki (meat skewers) and Pastistio (a lasagne style dish).
Atlantis Restaurant: Another restaurant to try classic Greek fare during your holidays. This one is a little more centrally located than Mylos so it may be more convenient and easier to find. The food is equally as good too, with dishes like mousaka and lamb kleftiko being favourites.
Elotia Taverna Pizzeria: The pizza tastes fantastic at what must surely be one of the best pizzerias you’ll come across on holidays to Crete. It’s all down to the wood-fired oven which gives the pizza a lovely crispy texture and charcoaled taste. There are many toppings such as salami or seafood to pork and vegetarian options.
Nightlife in Gouves
British-based bars: Although holidays in Gouves are not particularly well-known for nightlife; there are still a good number of bars and pubs focused on British holidaymakers. Yard of Ale and O’Connor’s Irish bar offer a more traditional experience, whilst places such as Tutti Frutti and Booze are more aimed at people on lively holidays as they play loud music and serve a wide range of exotic cocktails.
And who could forget the good old sports bars? It almost becomes an essential requirement to catch up on your TV while you’re on your holidays, and at Totem Club you can watch all the latest action from the Premier League, as well as soaps like Coronation Street and Eastenders thanks to the bar’s expansive satellite selection.
Shopping in Gouves
Variety of shops: Gouves has a good variety of shops, ensuring you can pick up everything you need whilst you’re on holidays here. There’s a retro style little supermarket (complete with a red and white striped veranda) called Manos where you’ll find the perfect Greek delights for lunches and meals if you’re on self catering holidays. And not only that, there’s the Dictamos Gift Shop for grabbing those all-important souvenirs to bring back home with you from your holidays. The Leather House proves pretty popular too, and as you may have guessed it sells lots of different leather goods like belts, bags, purses, wallets and shoes all at amazingly cheap prices.