Gouves is located 18 km east of Heraklion, next to Gournes. Gouves is a large area, which covers several smaller villages, including the popular resort area of Kato Gouves (lower Gouves) and the traditional village of Pano Gouves (upper Gouves), which is built into the side of small Mt. Ederi, only a little more than 300 meters high, but both have spectacular views.
The name Gouves is derived from "gouva," which means a hollow in the earth. The name Gouves is usually applied to the seaside resort of Kato Gouves.
Gouves is neither a village nor a town. It is an inhabited area which owes its development to tourism. There is a main road running from the old Heraklion - Hersonissos National Road down to the beach road.
There are a wealth of places to eat out, ranging from traditional taverns to small cafes, all serving tasty local food.
The beach area is well appointed, with plenty of parking space for your holiday hire car or vehicle, and the whole area can be summed up as comfortable and welcoming.