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Crete to Gavdos

Gavdos Island

Crete to Gavdos - Γαύδος this is the most southern point of Greece & Europe, a small well-guarded settlement and a few isolated beaches, which travellers like to seek out in summer.

The island has no power and is very dry. All power comes from generators. If you are going to camp, take all supplies and plenty of water.

The waters can get dangerous depending on the weather. Always check the forecast and check with the boat operators prior to your trip.

The sea has the last word on all departures.

The island has very few permanent residents and is only small, being 9 km by 4.5 km.

Populated since neolithic times, this island has a rich history and has been uninhabited on occasion. Most visitors come to see the extraordinary beauty of the beaches and get away from it all.

Don't forget to try the local fresh seafood.


Gavdos Tripiti where the chair is

Crete to Gavdos - many visitors come for just a few hours on the ferry, in this time it is possible to visit the beaches nearby the port of Karave:

  • Walk to Sarakiniko Beach is 30 minutes
  • Walk to Korfos Beach is 60 minutes
  • Walk to Kastri Beach is 45 - 60 minutes

At each beach you will find incredibly clear turquoise waters.

The most popular location on the island is the southern-most tip at Tripiti, where there are stunning rock arches and a large, oversized chair marking the southernmost point of Greece.

The dunes, pine trees and cypress trees are beautiful and fascinating all year around.

Birdlife is prolific here and with its sister island, Gavdopoula, nature is protected. Take a look on the many cliff sites for migratory birds. Cave lovers will find plenty to explore near Agios Ioannis beach.

Other wildlife includes naturists, don't be surprised as naturism is very popular here on Gavdos, as is yoga and meditation and just 'chilling out' in connection with nature...

Specialist yoga and meditation retreats are held on the island in spring and summer.

Wildflowers are stunning on Gavdos in spring.

Gavdos Dunes

Gavdos in spring


Crete - south coast ferry

Crete to Gavdos - local ferry company Anendyk runs these ferries.

Always check their timetable as services are not frequent in the off-season.

You can also get private charters from Crete island to Gavdos.

Four choices for the ferry with one way trip times:

  • Palaiochora to Gavdos - 4 hours
  • Chora Sfakion to Gavdos - 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Agia Galini to Gavdos - 2 hours
  • Plakias to Gavdos - 1 hour 30 minutes

The town of Palaiochora is one embarkation point for Gavdos Island cruises and ferry trips. The ferry from Palaiochora takes 4 hours to reach Gavdos.

Ferries also depart for Gavdos from Chora Sfakion, this journey takes 3 hours and 45 minutes.

From Agia Galini in Heraklion your trip will take 2 hours.

From Plakias in Rethymnon take the ferry to Gavdos with a trip duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Day Trips

If the local ferry company timetable does not allow for a day trip, you can take one with Gavdos Cruises from Chora Sfakion.

On all cruises and ferry trips keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other sea life. On Gavdos you will find beautiful clear waters for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Crete to Gavdos

Palaiochora Village - Crete

Crete to Gavdos - we suggest staying in Palaiochora for this trip. There is so much to enjoy in Palaiochora village and surrounding areas:

Accommodation Gavdos

Crete to Gavdos - many people choose to camp on Gavdos and get away from it all. There are many isolated beaches and lovely trails. Below we suggest a few different options for where to stay on and near Gavdos.

Gavdos Chair - southernmost point in Greece

On the island of Gavdos you can choose from a few different rooms and holiday homes. It is a very small island, so if you plan to stay overnight, book ahead in summer, unless you are fitted out for camping.

Aris Hotel Palaiochora

In Palaiochora choose the Aris Hotel which is close to the ferry port and beautifully located close to the cafes and restaurants of the village. A small, quiet guesthouse run by a local family.

Livikon Hotel Chora Sfakion

In Chora Sfakion choose the Livikon as it is close to the port and close to tavernas.  It is run by the local Dourountakis family; they will look after you. Views over the harbour, simple, friendly, clean and good value.

Chania Town - Crete

In Plakias stay at Artemis Studios - these affordable studios are located just 300 m from the sea at the eastern end of the bay, on Paligremnos Beach. This means a walk of 1 km to Plakias Village.

Chania Town

Chania Town - Crete

Enjoy the Old Town of Chania on your way to Gavdos - we recommend staying within the walls of the historic town to soak up the atmosphere.

While you are in Chania explore:

  • narrow laneways
  • boutiques and studios
  • Old Venetian Harbour
  • Venetian Lighthouse
  • artesanal workshops
  • art galleries
  • Venetian Town Walls
  • museums
  • ancient sites such as Ancient Kydonia
  • the old harbour
  • Fort Firca and the Maritime Museum
  • Trimartiri Orthodox Cathedral
  • Chania Municipal Market
  • Museum of Archaeology
  • Restaurants, cafes and tavernas galore

Chania Region

Kri Kri goats in Samaria National Park

Chania or Xania in the west of Crete is a rich and varied land of agricultural valleys, high mountains and deep gorges.

Explore the highlights:

  • local wildlife such as the Kri Kri goat and Griffon Vulture
  • hundreds of beaches
  • local villages
  • Samaria Gorge National Park
  • The White Mountains
  • Kissamos Town
  • Lake Kournas
  • The southern inaccessible beaches such as Loutro, Agia Roumeli and Sougia
  • Agia Irini Gorge
  • Elafonisi Beach
  • The E4 European Walking Path


Crete to Gavdos - see the island of Gavdos marked on this map to the south-west of Crete - (Gavdos really is part of Crete)

Getting Here

Arrive into Chania Airport and take the local bus or drive 75 km to Palaiochora then take the ferry

Or arrive into Chania Airport and drive about 75 km to Chora Sfakion, then take the ferry.

More information below on how to get to Crete.

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