Gavdos Island

Gavdos Island

Gavdos Island is the southernmost border of Greece and Europe.

Gavdos distance from Paleochora: 36miles.

Duration of trip with boat: 3-4 hours.

The first inhabitants of Gavdos Island are dated from the Neolithic period. The historical sources and the archaeological treasures testify that Gavdos used to be an intermediary station for marine trade between the Cretan cities and Egypt.

According to Homer, this was Calypso’s island, Ogygia, where Ulysses survived after his shipwreck. Apostle Paul and the 99 Fathers also stayed there, according to the Christian religion.

Gavdos was a pirates’ lair in former centuries, and a land of exile later on. Today, at the beginning of the 21st century, with 50-60 residents, the island’s history continues peacefully…

The environment of the island is definitely a very unique one. The wild flora, the cedars, the pine trees and the cypresses, in combination with the marvelous beaches of Gavdos, and the tranquility of every single day on the island, have created a natural “paradise on earth”, attracting nature-lovers from all over the world.

Gavdos offers a travel experience which is a privilege only for the few in the know who visit the island. In Gavdos you can find really unique and interesting spots like the Cape of Tripiti, the southwest edge of Europe, with a breathtaking view to the Lybian Sea. Or like the long sandy beach of Ai-Giannis in Lavrakas, or the splendid beaches of Korfos, Potamos, and Sarakiniko, which will fascinate you. Every single hour in Gavdos is a chance to relax and get back to nature. You can enjoy nice walks through the pine forests, or visit the lighthouse in Ampelos, reconstructed a few years ago, and enjoy one of the best sunsets of your life…

You could stay at Gavdos Island’s simple rooms. The fresh fish and the special local goods will “take you back” to past times. Consistent timetables, all year round, connect Paleochora to Gavdos, the “island on the edge”, offering you the possibility to get to know this unique and very interesting border island of Europe.