Gouves is not one single destination but rather a small and very lovely region. Gouves is a stretch of lovely waterfront 18 km east of Heraklion, and very near Gournes. The region features a great selection of beaches, plus a wide range of accommodations.
This area, so popular with tourists, has everything you might need- restaurants, cafes, markets, and shopping, plus a medical centre.
That makes Gouves Crete a convenient home base from which to explore the region by car. Beaches, mountains, and various cultural and recreational activities are nearby.