The Blue Aegean reception is open 24 hours a day and will happily exchange your travellers cheques, Cash, Euro Cheques, and any other worldwide currency. There are plenty of banks and exchange offices in Crete. Banks are open Mon-Fri 8am -2pm and most now offer cashpoint services 24 hours a day. The nearest cashpoint services in Gouves resort is opposite the Supermarket Manos about 800 metres from the Blue Aegean. Directions: Head for the beach, turn left and follow coast road passed the church on the right. As you reach the hotel, turn left up the street and as you come to a junction by the car rental, turn left and continue to the supermarket. The cashpoint service is directly opposite.
The nearest beach to the Blue Aegean is 50 metres away. There are a series of sandy beaches, shallow waters ideal for the children to splash and swim. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available for hire. The sun can get quite strong in the mid summer, please take care to ensure children are adequately protected against the rays. Crete has miles and miles of sun-drenched beaches and secluded coves for you to discover.
Crete Bus Service
For the local bus service you need to make your way up to the highway/main road. Directions: Out of the Blue Aegean head towards the beach, at the bottom of this road turn left, then left at the first turn. Straight up to the highway (about 500m) where you will find the bus-stops - this side of the road to go into Heraklion and west, opposite for Hersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Aghios Nikolaos and further east. (To go south, eg. Matala, Ag.Galini, or Mires). generally the Green buses head from city to city and Blue buses are for internal city routes.
The drop off point in Heraklion is close to the market next to the port. Saturday Bazaar markets are generally very popular to purchase local specialities, gifts and food.
Car Hire, Motor Bike and Scooter Hire
You will find many car rental agents in the resort of Gouves, but to ensure you get the best deal and the best insurance cover, it is strongly advisable to speak to the Blue Aegean staff who will assist in providing details of the right car rental agents.
Many offers have been set up with these company's and only the best will do for the Blue Aegean. The deals include "3 for 2", "4 for 3", "5 for 4" and best selling weekend offers Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday..You choose! Unlimited mileage - All group B cars and above have Air Conditioning FREE. No excess on insurance.
Motor bikes and scooters are also readily available for hire, but are not suitable for long journeys. Wearing a helmet is compulsory - ensure that the hire company gives you one that fits you comfortably and is not damaged. People stick to sedate speeds - forced to by the steep, twisting terrain. It is vital to check the state of the tyres occasionally during the journey (including the spare) before setting out on any journey, and be sure you know how to use the jack - potholes and sharp stones make it easy to suffer a puncture on Crete's rural roads.
During your stay at the Blue Aegean, why not explore the wonderful crystal waters of the Mediterranean. Get the chance to discover a unique world of calmness, colour and magic, in the beautiful island of Crete, surrounded by warm and clear waters.
The BIG BLUE DIVING SCHOOL will do our best to make your dream come true!!! They are situated at the beach of Gouves in the "Aphrodite Hotel ". From the Blue Aegean apartments head down to the beach, and turn left along the sea front until you meet the marina on the shore. The Big Blue Diving School is located in the buildings opposite the main beach road.
Doctors and Pharmacy
Cretan Medi Help in Gouves
24 hour full operational activity with Collaboration with all insurance companies worldwide. Emergency Medical Contact (24 hours)
Telephone: 08970 43010
If you need to see a doctor for any reason, speak to the Reception, who will arrange for the duty Doctor to visit your room at the Blue Aegean. The doctors speak good English too.
Pharmacie Apotheke in Gouves
In case of emergency call 0897 41100
The Pharmacy in Gouves are indicated with a green cross, similar to the logo on the left, and you can obtain most things over the counter and are normally open during shopping hours. If you have difficulty finding the Pharmacy or can not walk to the centre, they will deliver your medicine to The Blue Aegean. The Pharmacy staff speak English and if you need help speak to the Reception first, who will gladly help.
All GSM mobile phones (these are used in Europe and a few other countries) work in Greece. If you bring your own mobile phone with you, when you first switch it on in Greece you will be given a choice of which phone provider to use. Choose the one recommended by your home mobile phone service provider if, as is sometimes the case, this will give you better rates.
Certain companies provide a fixed charge per minute when "roaming" outside the country your phone service is from. Where this does not apply, you will pay fairly high rates for outgoing calls.
Incoming calls to your phone are expensive, because you pay for the international part of the call (from the country where your phone service is provided, to you, in Greece).