Heraklion, as the capital of Crete, houses the most important museums and archaeological sites of the island. Apart from the Archaeological site of Knossos, which the visitor will surely visit to admire the palace of King Minos, he can also walk in the halls of the Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Byzantine Icons of Saint Catherine as well as visiting other important collections such as the Archaeological Collection of Malevizi.
Also worth visiting is the Museum of Medicine of Crete, which is housed in the Department of Medicine of the University of Crete in Heraklion and the Basilica of St. Mark, in the center of Heraklion, which houses the Municipal Art Gallery.
Finally, it is worth travelling a few kilometers to visit the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum which is located in the village of Myrtia, the native village of Kazantzakis, in his father's home. All the above options are literally a breath away from Gouves and more specifically from Gouves Bay Hotel. Whether by car, motorcycle or public transportation, everything is so close that there is no excuse not to visit them.