Distance from the city of Corfu
8 Km. The driving time is about 13 min.
The village “Kommeno” is located 2 km northerly and the driving time is about 4 min. 1 km southerly is located the village “Kontokali” and the driving time is about 3 min .
You can find analytically the itineraries of Blue Buses on www.astikoktelkerkyras.gr from and to the City Of Corfu. The time with the bus is about 17 min.
Morphology of Sea and Beach
Fine sandy beach. The sea deepens normally.
The region provides the following:
Region’s origin of name
The region “Gouvia” took this name because it was formerly a fishing village with lots of gudgeons (Gudgeon=Govios in Greek). Thus the name “Gouvia” arose.
History of region
In 1537 the village was unsuccessfully besieged by Barbarosa, the Ottoman admiral of the fleet. The Venetians fortified the village of “Gouvia” and built around 1400 AD shipyards for the maintenance and repair of their ships. The ruins of the ships are preserved until nowadays. Since 1996 it operates the marina of Gouvia, which serves over than 900 crafts.
During the winter time there are 950 residents. In contrast to winter time the residents are about 5000 people during the summer time including visitors.
Employment of population before and after the touristic development
The residents of the region formerly occupied professionally with olive groves, farming, agriculture and fisheries. Each family was autonomous and everything that was needed was home made. Today most people deal professionally with tourism during the summer months. During the winter time they deal amateur with agriculture and especially with the olive gathering and fishing.