Built at the foot of two imposing mountains, lies the famous Kavoussi, one of the most interesting villages of ierapetra. Built at an altitude of 140 metres above sea level overlooking, drowned in olive, plain and the waters of the Cretan sea, Kavousi is a historic and lively village that offers many activities and attractions. The population is 559 inhabitants (census 2011), 955 (1881 census). Unknown from that just comes its name, though in the Cretan dialect describes a small cavity or "trough", the part that is gathered water.
The first historical record of this name seems to be in 1577, but the area has been inhabited for thousands of years and this is obvious from the multitude of Minoan settlements have been excavated in the surroundings and the rare religious monuments.
The square with its coffee shops in the Centre of the village is the benchmark, and around there are the churches of St. George and of the twelve apostles that deserve attention.
Just 3 km from the Centre of the village lies the beach of the dome. The sandy, shallow beach and the many trees create ideal conditions for relaxing excursions. There are also some of the evidence for how deep roots are lost in the history of the village. The ruins of Roman warehouses, standing imperiously next than bathers in the summer, while with a little walking the remarkable frescoed chapel of St. Anthony.
In the opposite side you can see the Louse, an island that thousands of years ago was a key piece of the Minoan civilization, with a large port and a small State have discovered already from the beginning of the last century. Here found the 2006 unique-until now-sinking of the Minoan era. The view of the island-and the entire Gulf of Mirabello-the Maple area east of the village. Going up the road to the mountain of the Lord, we come across another amazing monument of history. The ancient and highly impressive olive, aged approximately 3,500 thousand years, with the huge trunk diameter exceeding 20 meters. One of the oldest trees in the world that has been designated a protected monument, due to its proximity to Minoan settlements.
The settlements of Tsamanti, August and Drakaleyrioy, are those that we meet then. Most are a place of escape for the modern Kaboysanoys, but hide memories of hard times since the middle of last century was not few those who sought refuge in the inaccessible mountains.
The ruins of the Temple of St. John, built by the hermit A΄Byzantini period, a cave West of the village, ending in a small Cove at sea.
The old copper mine in place "and" close the Chrysokamino ' Theriospilo ' by stalagmites.
The olive tree of Kavousi, with a trunk diameter of 17 m, the age of which is estimated at 2 km to 5,000 years.