Golden Bay Apartments

Small, friendly and serving up sea views and traditional Greek fare in equal measure, the Golden Bay Apartments are perfect for holidaymakers who want to see authentic Crete, while still also having easy access to all the sun, sea and sand a getaway should include.

Found in the pretty little village of Gournes, the apartments are centred around a large pool, with a traditional taverna on-site for all your meal requirements, although there are plenty of other restaurants within easy walking distance of the grounds. Every apartment comes with a kitchenette as well, in case you fancy cooking.

Overview of Gournes

Holidays to Crete mean great weather, tasty food, beaches to die for and plenty of history, not to mention some wild nightlife, but there are some quieter spots, where you’ll find delightful hotels like the Golden Bay Apartments.

Gournes is a delightful little seaside village that plays host to the Crete Aquarium (well worth a look, especially if you have kids), a swathe of hotels along the coastline and sandy coves that are crying out to be discovered and claimed for a day. It might be peaceful and more traditional than some other parts of the island but it’s anything but boring, with plenty of eateries to frequent and Crete’s capital, Heraklion just 20 minutes away.

Things to do in Gournes

It will be difficult to turn your back on the on-site taverna for an evening, but leave the Golden bay Apartments for one evening, at least, and see what other delicacies you can try. With plenty of restaurants nearby you will be spoilt for choice in terms of traditional lamb dishes and seafood. And once all the food is gone, most tavernas turn into fun drinking venues, where you can try ouzo!

Gournes has a rocky coastline that makes for excellent exploring. Walk the length and you’ll find plenty of pretty little coves to lay your towel in for a while. Some will have loungers and pedalos for hire, too. If you’re in a walking mood, head to Kokkini Hani where you’ll find beautiful local handicrafts for sale in the shops.

A more subdued way to experience the beauty of Crete, a holiday to Gournes is ideal for chilled foodies who enjoy a little sun and culture with their meals.

Resort Summary

The little village of Gournes is a fantastic tourist destination on the north coast of Crete, it’s sole purpose is to meet all of your holiday expectations. A laid-back seaside keeps things relaxed while the Crete Aquarium and family-run tavernas dial up the energy ever so slightly.

Gournes is twinned with the neighbouring town of Gouves, so you’ll have all the amenities of both without the leg work. Further to that, Crete’s capital city Heraklion and its patchwork of historical sites are only a short drive away.