Gavdos Island In Crete

In the middle of the Libyan Sea, 28 nautical miles south of Sfakia (Chania Prefecture), lays a very small (only 29 sq. km.) islet called Gavdos. Gavdos is the southernmost point of Europe, the continent’s last boarder.

The island has no more than 150 residents and minimum infrastructure. And this is exactly the reason why it is preferred by all those travelers who seek to escape “civilization” for a while. In Gavdos, also called Odysseus' and Calypso's oasis, you will come to experience absolute disconnection from everything related to everyday life and absolute connection with nature as well as the deepest parts of yourself. You will feel the energy that stems from the earth as you walk barefoot in the white sand. You will feel how thunderous quietness is. You will come to rethink the meaning of all things. Gacdos is the paradise of campers. The island is covered with cedars under the shadow of which travelers find a new “home”, sometimes even for months. The island is full of beaches with crystal clear waters. All beaches are virgin and unorganized. They are also crowded during July and August, when the tourism season reaches its peak. This is why more experienced travelers visit Gavdos during the early (May-June) or late summer months (September - October). Still, do not let that dishearten you. Gavdos remains unique no matter when you visit it. The island is not exactly barren. There are some rooms to let for those of you who do not wish to camp. There are also a few taverns and basic transportation infrastructure.

To reach the island you can take the ferry from Chora Sfakion (Sfakia), Palaiochora, Sougia or Agia Roumeli, all small seaside villages in southwest Crete (Chania). During the summer the routes are frequent (daily) allowing you to visit Gavdos even just for a day.

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