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Gournes is a tourist village located between Kokkini Hani and Gouves, some 16 km from Heraklion. It consists of a series of small sandy coves that are open to the winds and therefore have been equipped with breakwaters.

The largest beach in the area is located in front of the now abandoned US military base of Gournes. It is sandy, not organized and in the east merges into Gouves and the municipal beach of Gouves.

While on holiday hereabouts you should visit the local aquarium (Cretaquarium): this is also on the site of the former American base. It is one of the largest aquariums in the Mediterranean.

  • Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
  • History, Culture
  • What to do (Activities)
  • What to see (Culture, Nature)

Additional Info

  • location Gournes, Hersonissos, Heraklio
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities

    Umbrellas and sunbeds at some places.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Gouves - Kastelli - Episkopi - Knossos

14 km east of Heraklion. Access via the new National Road of Heraklion - Ag. Nikolaos (BOAK). From the old highway, turn on your left towards the beach of Gournes; 1 km from the settlement Kokkini Hani.

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