Ourania Apartments

The Ourania Apartments offer a selection of pretty white-washed villas in a charming village setting. The gardens are brimming with olive trees and Mediterranean flowers, and every apartment comes with a scenic balcony or terrace where you can sit and really appreciate the glorious setting.The apartments also include a self-catering kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, TV and room service from 9am-9pm. The on-site bar stocks a variety of beer, cider, wine, and cocktails, with a snack bar for meals. Simply park yourself at the edge of the swimming pool, with plenty of inviting sunbeds, parasols and refreshing beverages – all you have to do is lie back and work on your tan.

Overview of Crete

Blessed with natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, Crete has a 1,000-kilometre coastline, with limitless sandy bays caressed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The island’s rugged interior is populated by olive groves and wild flowers, and its stunning mountain ranges are filled with caves and dramatic gorges.Crete is the largest island in Greece, steeped in mythology and historical riches, and one of the best locations to start your exploration of the island is from Ourania Apartments. This host of villas is nestled in Gouves just a short walk from a golden sandy beach that’s lined with souvenir shops, tavernas and restaurants.

Things to do in Crete

The cosmopolitan resorts in both northern and southern Crete are ideal for water sports and scuba diving, and if it is adventure you crave, Crete’s gorges offer unparalleled beauty for canyoning and canyon hiking. Or why not go off-road and explore the sublime landscape of the region by 4×4?Nearby, the Venetian port of Heraklion is a lively city filled with ancient sights, museums, restaurants, bars and hotels. Be sure to check out Heraklion central market – selling everything from Cretan cheese and fresh herbs to cheap clothes and shoes. It’s also home to the Knossos Minoan Palace, which is a must-see.About five kilometres from the Ourania Apartments is the legendary Skotino’s Cave – the home of the Minotaur’s labyrinth, according to legend. Holidays to Crete simply captivate heart and soul. It’s a place where the locals welcome you with their endearing hospitality, ready to greet you with an ice-cold raki – the locals’ favourite tipple – to savour under the hot Cretan sun. If you haven’t visited Crete yet, make this your year to sample a taste of the good life.

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.