If you have never heard of Gavdos, it’s about time that you did!
A small island, Gavdos is an escape from the rest of the world. The Island boasts breathtaking landscapes, wonderful beaches and incredible blue seas to swim in. So if are into hiking, swimming, diving or just relaxing on the beach to work on your tan, Gavdos has it all.
The Island is rumoured to have therapeutic properties and so, is said to be healing for the heart and soul. With a permanent population of a mere 45 residents, the island is pretty much deserted, therefore its not hard to see why it can be considered therapeutic. There is however an exception. In the peak summer months the population of the island explodes to around 3,000 as Gavdos is flooded with tourists. Therefore, the best time to visit the island would be between the end of September and the beginning of October. My visit was during that period and I found it mostly deserted, just as I had hoped.
Located in the middle of the Libyan sea to the south of Crete, Gavdos is the southern most Greek island and actually the southern most part of Europe. A giant chair atop the three arches at Tripiti marks the southern most point of Europe.
Triangular in shape, the island has an area of just 37 sq kilometres, making it easy to travel around the island on foot ( if you have the time ).
The Island is 32 nautical miles from the town of Paleoochora in Crete, and 22 nautical miles from the town of Sfakia ( Chora Sfakion) also in Crete, and can be reached by ferry from either of these two towns. Further information on the ferries can be found here.
Gavdos has a sub-tropical climate. In August, which is considered the hottest month, temperatures average around 32°C though sometimes temperatures may exceed 40° C. Hats and sunscreen are essentials, and make sure that you supply yourself with plenty of water!
Rainfall is mostly contained to the short and mild winter period. Between the months of April and the start of October, the island only receives around 5 – 10 days of rainfall. The coldest month is February, with the temperatures averaging around 17°C. The driest month of Gavdos is July.