Kokkíni Cháni is a beach resort located 14km east of the city of Heraklion, on the old national road from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos. Its history as s resort stars in the late of 1960s when the electricity and telephone services reached this part of Crete, and the first hotels were built. Before it was the small fishing village with about 100 inhabitants.
Today Kokkini Hani is a peaceful resort with one of the best sandy beaches in Crete, the ideal place to relax and enjoy your holidays. There are some large and luxury hotels and many smaller family owned ones, taverns, bars, restaurants, shops, rent a car offices and travel agents who offer a wide range of trips and tours. There are also pharmacies and doctor's offices. On the main road there is a nice little church of Agious Anargyrous built on 1938.
Also in the village there is an archaeological spot known as Nirou Háni, where the archaeologists found a well preserved Minoan villa dating from the New Palace period.
Gouves is located 18 km east of Heraklion, next to Gournes on the road to Hersonissos.
In Gouves you will find many hotels of all classes, numerous tourist apartments and studios, and a camping. Also you'll find many tavernas and restaurants, bars and cafes, fast-food and numerous stores of all types from souvenir shops to fashion boutiques. There are many large and small supermarkets, a mini golf, car and bike rentals, pharmacies, a medical clinic and ATMs.
Kato Gouves also has one of the finest sea-side promenades on the island (about 3kms).
Along the way there are numerous beachfront tavernas and some interesting sites, including a boat marina and a beautiful chapel which is built on an outcropping of rock adjacent to the sea. You can find also, water sports and SCUBA diving facility.
You can enjoy your swimming in Gouves. In the area there are many excellent beaches to satisfy every preference. Some beaches of the rocky areas offer privacy, while the larger, sandy beaches feature all the swimming amenities, from beach chairs and umbrellas.