Hara Ilios Village

The Hara Ilios Village is typically Aegean. It’s painted in blue and white and it’s surrounded by pretty gardens, and it’s only a short stroll away from the seafront.

The pool here is generously sized and is accompanied by a roomy sun terrace with plenty of loungers and thatched parasols. Plus, little ones get a section of the pool to themselves, and if they don’t fancy getting their feet wet, there’s a playground.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the buffet restaurant, while you can eat your lunch poolside. No matter what meal you’re eating, the focus is on fresh ingredients, and lots of the produce used is grown in the hotel gardens.

In the evening, the hotel often puts on Greek nights where you can get involved with dancing. On other evenings, you can head to the lobby bar for after-dinner drinks.

Overview of Gouves

Gouves is a charming resort that offers holidaymakers the best of both worlds. During your stay at the Hara Ilios Village, you’ll find a waterfront laced with water-sports opportunities and tavernas, as well as an inland village where life is a little slower paced. So, you can swap from action-packed banana-boat adventures to lazy cafes and coffee shops depending on your mood.

This blend of activities and attractions also makes Gouves popular with families looking for holidays to Crete. There’s something for everyone here, including limitless dining possibilities, hikes in the nearby countryside, child-friendly attractions and opportunities for day trips across the island.

Things to do in Gouves

You’ll find the Hara Ilios Village nestled among flowers and palm trees. Although it feels quiet and secluded, a 15-minute walk leads you to the centre of Gouves. If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, then you’ll have plenty of choice here, as Gouves is home to Dinosauria Park and is only a short drive away from Aquaworld Aquarium.

Closer to home, you’re only a five-minute walk away from two sandy beaches. There are water sports down here that will get the blood pumping and plenty of loungers where you can relax and get your heart rate back down again.

If you fancy a change of scenery, then you’re also only under half-an-hour’s drive from Heraklion, the island’s capital. If you’d rather enjoy a lively night out, then you can reach Malia’s neon-studded strip in only 10 minutes.

A place where a bustling waterfront meets a quaint inland village, no matter what pace of holiday you’re looking for, Gouves is perfect.

Resort Summary

Kato Gouves is the town’s beach territory, lined with distinct shores ranging from sandy to secluded, pebbled patches. The most popular beaches are those in the centre of town – there, you’ll find rows of sunloungers to call home for the afternoon, plus waterfront bars that are happy to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Down on the waterfront is where the action is, with the town’s long stretch of coast taking centre stage. It’s known as Kato Gouves. There are watersports to get your heart rate up and sunbeds to bring it back down, plus beach bars and restaurants and souvenir shops. Up towards Mount Ederi is Pano Gouves, a quiet, authentic village that’s happy to keep things low key and the food very local.

The beaches, like any Greek island holiday location, can get crowded in the summer season – it’s a sun-filled holiday destination, after all – so you’d be wise to arrive early for maximum sunbathing potential. Out to sea, there are scuba divers exploring the rocky coastline, while banana boats and windsurfers whisk through the waves. There are flags to help mark areas with strong undercurrents that you should avoid, so you keep safe when opting for a swim.