This tiny windswept island 45km south of Crete is the southernmost point of Europe. If you’re looking for that deserted island feel, Gavdos is the place for you. It’s a camper’s paradise with hiking trails, wide sandy beaches, and rocky coves with unusual geological formations. It’s also an important stop for migratory birds on their way to Africa.
There are traditional facilities for travelers: rooms to rent and hotels through Booking and Airbnb, restaurants, a post office, a couple of markets and ONE doctor. But many of its villages have been abandoned and the full-time residential population hovers around 50. During the peak tourist months of July and August, Gavdos can get really crowded with up to 3,000 tourists. And only half of them are wearing clothes.
The best time to visit Gavdos is in the shoulder season. You can beat the heat and the crowds by visiting in May, June, September and October.
Gavdos is 45km south of Crete, and a 1.5 to 3hr ferry ride depending on the schedule, boat and port. There are traditional facilities but they’re limited, so book early or plan to camp. Groceries here will be more expensive than on Crete, and you should also bring your own firewood. Save the scrubby pines! Also, many of the beaches are clothing optional.
Main villages are Karave, Kastri and Vatsiana
AIRPORT None. You’ll take a local ferry from southern Crete. Fly into Chania, and take a bus to the southern coast. Chania is an international airports with daily flights from the UK and Europe.
THE MAIN FERRY DEPARTURE POINTS are Sfakion and Paleochora, but depending on the season, the ferry may also stop at Loutro, Agio Roumeli, or Sougia. The ferry company is called Anendyk and you can find timetables and routes here