Perfect peace, rustic beauty and treasures from ancient times – holidays to Gournes offer all this, plus easy access to the nightlife that throbs along Crete’s north coast.
Peaceful island life
The tranquil village of Gournes is a relative newcomer on Crete’s northern coast – though its unhurried, laid-back vibe leads you to believe it’s been around much longer. Quaint guesthouses and apartments dot the rugged landscape around a charming waterfront village that’s fronted by a secluded stretch of sandy beach. And the better-known tourist spots of Gouves and Kokkini are within walking distance.
Three roads lead down to the beach, a long, narrow stretch of rocky shoreline interspersed with quiet sandy bays. A promenade with bars and restaurants lines up alongside it. Fishermen cast out from the rock jetties that jut out into the sea, and sunbathers sip cocktails while drinking in the view of the lizard-shaped island of Dia. There are plenty of umbrellas and watersports for hire, too.
Hillside walks and Heraklion
The resort is a great base for walking – there are sand paths leading from the end of the main street all over the countryside. Skotino’s Cave, used as a shrine in the Minoan era, is just 15 minutes’ walk away. Or a 10-minute stroll gets you to the Minoan villa at Nirou. Further afield, Heraklion has a buzzing nightlife and the island’s best shopping – it’s quarter-of-an-hour away by car.
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