Gournes - Crete
Kri-Kri Village Holiday Apartments is located near the village of Gournes, 70 metres from the beach. It has a swimming pool and offers accommodation with sea or pool views.
Studios and apartments at Kri-Kri Village are simply furnished and open out to a balcony or patio. Each features a kitchenette with refrigerator and a dining area. Other facilities include air conditioning, a TV and a private bathroom with shower.
Sun beds and umbrellas are available at the swimming pool area. Guests can also enjoy a refreshing drink or cocktail at the poolside bar.
The city of Heraklion is 16km away from the hotel. The lively town of Hersonissos offering many nightlife options is within a 30-minute drive. Free Wi-Fi access and free public parking are available.
Distance from the airport: 12.4km
Distance from the beach: 70m
Gournes is 15 km east of Heraklion. It is part of the largest coastal tourist area in Crete, running from Kokkini Hani to Malia. Gournes is between Kokkini Hani and Gouves, which are both within walking distance along the beach.
Gournes was a small village until the late fifties, when the big American Air Force communications (no planes) base opened, occupying a substantial portion of the town property. While the base population eventually grew to about 3.500 servicemen and their families, the surrounding area kept pace. Many of the first hotels and apartments were built in Gournes to accommodate the families of the servicemen and visitors to the base and its civilian work force. When the Gournes base closed in 1993, the area was a bit shell-shocked, as about 1.000 locals became unemployed and hundreds of apartments and rooms were vacated.
Since then, Gournes has fought its way back economically, making a good name for itself as a quiet holiday destination, as well as a place where many people from Heraklion maintain their summer homes. The enormous base property with a frontage of 500 m along the main road is finally showing signs of a new life. After lying dormant for many years, there is now a school, a gymnasium, a municipal town hall services and an exhibition center, plus the Crete Aquarium “Thalassokosmos” (Sea World), the largest aquarium in southern Europe.
Gournes has a regular bus service both east and west, for easy access to Heraklion or Hersonissos, as well as many other points along the coast.
Along the beach-front promenade you’ll find several spots where you can go swimming. At the east end of this area, there is the excellent Municipal beach of Gouves, which offers the cheapest sunbeds and umbrellas in the area.
At the site of the former American Base you will find beaches without umbrellas for a peaceful swim. The old village of Gournes is a short, uphill walk to the right, from the old road. There are many old village houses, plus some newer homes, side by side, and a nice village church.
In the valley of Gournes there is a beautiful old chapel of St. John Bezetis with many well-preserved frescoes.