Gouvia (8 km from the city) is a fishing village with a long history. On 29 August 1537, it was invaded by the Turkish fleet led by Barbarossa and under the command of Suleiman the Magnificent. After destroying the whole region of Mesi, the Turks headed towards the capital and unsuccessfully besieged the fortress for 12 days. Not giving up, they returned to Gouvia two centuries later. They besieged the fortress of the city once more for a month but were defeated again.
After the second siege, the Venetians fortified the harbor of Gouvia and built a naval base, which today has been replaced by a marina that accommodates more than 900 vessels.
Today the area is full of life and nighttime visitors have the opportunity to have a lot of fun in the numerous clubs and bars of the island.