Despoina apartments is a family run hotel at Gouves, on Europe's southern island of Crete. The resort is just 15 kilometres from "Nikos Kazantzakis" airport and 20 kilometres from the historical centre of Heraclion. The hotel is situated 100m from the beach and near to lots of restaurants and bars. There are lots of places and archaeological sites around Despoina apartments. 20km to the east is the famous KNOSSOS palace and 7 km to the west is Hersonissos resort, known for its night life. Not far away about 3km is Creta Auarium one of the largest and most modern aquariums in Europe. The combination of the unique location, the relaxing atmosphere and our friendly and personalized service, have established our hotel as one of the most enjoyable holiday choices of Gouves. Among these there is one more reason to stay here...It is the well known cafe of DESPOINA apartments : Kondimar cafe has built its own fame at the town of Gouves. Many people, except our guests, come here every night and enjoy nice cocktails and a good time. We guarantee Kondimar, is gonna be the first place to remember at Gouves! Area Ano Gouves is a small picturesque village located about 20 km east of Heraklion, in an altitude of 300 m next to the small mountain of Ederi. Kato Gouves is a well-developed tourist resort with long sandy beaches. The area also has some traditional villages and archaeological sites. There is a variety of accommodation, from large hotels to boarding houses and self-catering apartments, and there are many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops. There are also remains of an ancient Minoan ceramics workshop which is worth seeing, as well as the Christian remains, like the Church of Zoodochos Pig, patron of the village and the Eileithyia caves. Within a short distance are picturesque villages and sights, such as the monastery of Saint John Theologos, the Skotino cave and the Eileithyia cave. The most important archeological sites of the area are the Minoan villas of Kokkini Hani and Amnisos. Transport from Heraklion to Gouves is very easy due to regular and frequent bus itineraries, taxies or rented cars and motorcycles.