Kato Gouves is a large seaside area east of Heraklion
Town, on the north coast of Crete
. The name means "Lower Gouves" and comes from the name of the old inland village of Gouves which is 2 km away from the sea.
The area of Kato Gouves stretches for 3-4 km, and the coastline is presented by a series of beaches next to each other (each with its own name), separated by rocks. It is strongly tourist-oriented and consists of a large variety of hotels, restaurants, fast food, cafes and supermarkets but there is no square or pedestrian area for a walk, except for the promenade which is a narrow section of the coastal road. Car and bike rentals, pharmacies and a medical center are present as well. Locals live in the village of Gouves, so in winter the seaside is empty.
All the beaches of Kato Gouves have soft yellow sand and the sea is quite shallow around the shore, but waves are common for the north coast of Crete and you will rarely see the water smooth. Plenty of sunbeds and parasol to rent are available, as well as water sports but not on all beaches. Note that due to the size of the settlement, the accommodation you choose may be both at the seafront and quite far away from the sea. Some points of interest near Kato Gouves include the CretAquarium, one of the largest and most modern aquariums in Europe, and the Skotino Cave.