Τhe old village of Pano Gouves is a must-visit for anyone staying in the area, and there are several interesting churches nearby, including: Agios Georgios (Saint George), Agios Ioannis (St. John) and Panayia (dedicated to the birth of Our Lady). In the small square of Kato Gouves you will find traditional kafeneia and a taverna, while in the narrow alleys you will discover many old houses, some restored and others ruined.
Several kilometres further up from Pano Gouves is the quaint village of Skotino, and its nearby Skotino cave, which is among the largest in Crete. It has a depth of 160 meters, and it is on four levels. Like many other caves, it appears to have had some religious importance, and some people even believe this was the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur, which is doubtful. Minotaur or not, this site should not be missed.