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.