Gournes holidays take you to a peaceful resort on the northern coast of Crete, ten miles east of the principal town Heraklion. Lying between its close neighbours, Gouves and Kokkini Hani, the resort has expanded from a small village into a popular destination for families and couples. There are several sandy beaches in the area as well as those with shingle. Sloping gently into shallow waters they are ideal for those with young children. Water sports are available from some of the beaches. You can take a day trip from the harbour to the Island of Dia which lies out in the bay. The island is a nature reserve and the clear, fertile waters around its coast are ideal for snorkelling. Dia is home to the Kri Kri, a native goat. The north coast of Crete is popular walking country and there are many scenic trails, both inland and along the coastline. Early and late season, when the climate is a little more temperate, are the best times for hiking. Mountain biking and jeep safaris are also popular.
This pleasant resort has hotels, apartments and private villas providing good quality accommodation and service. Gournes is a favourite summer haunt of locals from Heraklion and there are many summer cottages here. Although restaurants and bars serve a variety of cuisine, a large proportion of the menus are traditional dishes. If you are new to the flavours of Greece, order meze, the equivalent of Spanish tapas, and you'll be given a variety of tasty morsels, ideal as a lunchtime snack or to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. Local wines are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the pocket. As you'd expect in this family friendly resort, nightlife is a relaxed affair. Gournes has sufficient shops for all your holiday essentials. If a little retail therapy is one of your essential holiday ingredients, take the bus to Heraklion or Rethymnon where you'll find plenty of choice.
Low cost Gournes holidays can be taken from April until the end of October. Temperatures rise from twenty early in the season, to thirty and beyond in the height of summer. Several low cost airlines fly direct to Crete from regional airports. You can check on the Cheekytrip website for the availabilty of holidays from your local airport. Transfers to the resort take less than half an hour.
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