A double act
Gouves is the perfect place for those who want a beach holiday with a side order of action. The main part of the resort (Kato Gouves) lines up a chain of sandy beaches, a main road filled with restaurants and tavernas, and a palm-fringed seafront promenade that's made for evening strolls. A wander through the town reveals a mix of whitewashed buildings, charming little shops and a bunch of friendly kafeneias (cafés).
Up on the side of nearby Mount Ederi (more a large hill than a mountain), you'll find Pano Gouves, the traditional counterpart to Kato Gouves. It's a quiet little village with a lovely main square and a network of crooked lanes lined with old houses.
Nearby, you've got plenty of sightseeing options, from Crete's capital, Heraklion, and the Monastery of Saint John, to the spectacular Skotino Cave.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Gouves is approximately 20 minutes.
The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.