Gavdos is one of the ten most beautiful - hidden islands in the world and is the southernmost Greek and European edge with a population of 152 inhabitants according to the census of 2011, although less than 50 people actually live on the island. It is just 29 square kilometers in size and it is located 26 nautical miles south of Chora Sfakion.
Karaves is the port of the island, and there are still five villages: Castri, where there is an agricultural clinic and a school, Sarakiniko, with the most tourist attractions of the island, rooms and taverns, Agios Yiannis, Ambelos and Vatsiana. Gavdos has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium B.C., it is considered that Apostle Paul shipwrecked on its shores, went through a significant development during the byzantine times, was looted by Saracens and pirates and it served as a place of exile for communists during the 1930s. According to Homer, Gavdos is the island where Calypso kept Odysseus as a prisoner for seven years. It is no coincidence, moreover, that the fans of the island return again and again every summer, “imprisoned” by its simplicity and beauty. The tourist services on the island may be limited, but in the summer more than 3,500 people visit it, most of whom are campers. In addition, Gavdos has been synonymous with free camping for several years, since there are very few studios and rooms, while nudism is allowed on the island, something which attracts campers and naturalists from all over the world. You can reach Gavdos by boat from Chora Sfakion or Paleochora, but there is a risk of being isolated on the island if wind overcomes 4-5 Beaufort, due to the small size of the boats. Along with neighboring Gavdopoula, it serves as a station for migratory birds and a haven for the endangered species of monk seal and loggerhead turtle. What characterizes the island is the ultimate quiet during the day, swimming in stunning blue waters, relaxing under the Cedars and the stunning sunsets. In each case, Gavdos, being full of cedar trees, paths and crystal-clear waters, is one of the finest paradisaic places in the Libyan Sea and the experience of staying in this is indeed unique.