Gouves has many small stretches of beach as do the nearby resorts of Anissaras and Hersonissos and the popular aquarium which makes a great day out. There are many restaurants, bars and shops in the area for all the family to enjoy.
The resort of Gouves has all the facilities which you would expect to find for everyday needs. For a wider selection then a trip to Heraklion is in order where you will find shops, both small and large. There are many restaurants, tavernas, bars and cafes in Gouves. Some are on the beach road, with some more inland. Either way you'll find something to suit all. The beaches dotted along the beach road of Gouves vary from sandy to pebbly. Some having sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. If you go to Hersonissos or Stalis you will find many beaches that vary in size. Families generally have differing opinions about what they want to do but the great thing about Gouves is there's lots to do within a fairly short radius! Adrenaline junkies? There are 2 water parks close by. Horse riding? There is a stable with a taverna just outside Hersonissos which caters for all levels of experience. The Crete Aquarium which is run by the Marine Biology faculty of the University of Crete.