Gouves is located 18 km east of Heraklion, next to Gournes. Gouves is a large area, which includes several smaller villages.
The area includes the popular resort area of Kato Gouves (lower Gouves) and the traditional village of Pano Gouves (upper Gouves), which is built on the slopes of the small Mt. Ederi, only a little more than 300 meters high, with spectacular views.
The name Gouves is derived from "gouva," which means a hollow in the earth. The name Gouves is usually applied to the seaside resort of Kato Gouves, and this is how it will be used throughout this text.
Gouves is neither a village nor a town. It is an inhabited area which owes its development to tourism.