Calypso’s Paradise: Gavdos, the Southernmost Greek Island (video)



Gavdos is the southernmost Greek island, located to the south of its much larger neighbor, Crete.

Called Ogygia during ancient times, is also known as Calypso’s island. If you ever wondered why Odysseus stayed with Calypso for so many years, forgetting all about his homeland, then you have to visit Gavdos and witness its beauty with your own eyes.

Gavdos is a place to meet interesting people and forget about all the anxiety and conformity of everyday life. The islet’s visitors will enjoy the small taverns and a semi-hippie lifestyle, but above all, the beaches of Ai Giannis and Sarakiniko.

Most tourists choose to stay in the beach of Sarakiniko because it is closer to the tavern and the mini-markets.

Sarakiniko beach

It is a dreamy blonde sandy beach with crystal-clear shallow waters, hidden in a wild landscape of dunes and junipers.

On the other hand, Ai Giannis is a more secluded beach, where the nearest trace of civilization is just a 15-minute walk away.

Ai Giannis

A few residents live on the island throughout the year and the infrastructure for tourists is very basic.

According to the census of 2001, Gavdos has 98 permanent residents. In summer, the total population reaches 3,500, most of whom are campers.

Gavdos is a fishing place, with few but warm-hearted people who with patience wait for better days of summer to see their island swarmed with visitors.

There are several boats making the daily trip from Crete to Gavdos.


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