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Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort is located in the peaceful seaside village of Gouves, just 300 metres from an organized sandy beach with warm, clear, shallow waters. It is an ideal location for vacationing families and couples, while also offering easy access to the city of Herakleion and the charming town of Hersonissos just 8 km away. Starting at Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort, you can easily explore many of Crete’s most famous and fascinating sights, such as Knossos, the Cretaquarium, etc.  

WHAT TO SEE

Ηerakleion

Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort is only 18 km from Herakleion, the largest and liveliest city in Crete. The most important sights to see in Herakleion are: the Minoan palace of Knossos just outside the city, the old Venetian harbor with the Venetian fort Koules (open to the public) and the shipyards.
Here we can find the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion, one of the most important in Greece and known throughout the world for its unique collection of Minoan artifacts, the largest collection in the world. Herakleion is also host to a number of other noteworthy museums, such as: the Historical Museum of Crete and the Cretan Museum of Natural History, which offers activities for children. Finally, the centre of Herakleion is popular for its wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafés.

Hersonissos

Located just 8 km from Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort, the lively tourist destination of Hersonissos is known for its nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Here you will find a plethora of restaurants, cafés, bars, beach bars, etc. Moreover, in the area around Hersonissos you can find a series of organized sandy beaches with sparkling clean water.

Cretaquarium

A visit to the Cretaquarium is a must for the whole family. The Aquarium’s vast tanks present the underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea and host numerous creatures of the deep, from Medusa jellyfish and sharks to the Caretta sea turtles and guest-fish from foreign seas. The Cretaquarium is only 2 km from Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort. For more information: https://www.cretaquarium.gr/en

Knossos Archaeological Site

Knossos, the most important archaeological site in Crete, is only 21 km from Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort. It contains the largest and most splendid palace of the ancient Minoan civilization, the first real civilization to emerge and flourish on European soil. During your exploration of the site, you can admire the complex and beautiful architecture of the royal palace, see the throne room of King Minas, the vast central courtyard, the royal chambers, the double-horned monument, the symbol of the Minoan religion, etc. It also makes sense to combine your tour of Knossos with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion.

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a charming seaside town in the Lasithi region of Crete. It has a small harbor which connects to Lake Voulismeni, giving the town a wonderful atmosphere. In Agios Nikolaos you can find a variety of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops of all kinds. Boats leaving from the town’s harbor offer day-cruises in the Gulf of Mirabello and make stops at the famous island of Spinalonga.

Distances to various points of interest

Herakleion Airport: 17 km
Herakleion Harbour: 18 km
Herakleion: 19 km
Knossos: 21 km
Cretaquarium: 2 km
Hersonissos: 8 km
Malia: 16 km
Agios Nikolaos: 46 km
Crete Golf Club: 11 km
Acqua Plus Water Park: 11 km
Dinosauria Park: 2 km
Watercity Waterpark: 9 km