Summer 2020 will certainly be remembered as the season of social distancing. And those who will manage to enjoy a holiday will probably look for an isolated place to put some of this year’s stress behind. Gavdos island, about 23 nautical miles from Chora Sfakion in South Crete, can be an ideal place to enjoy a different kind of holiday… technically still in Crete! These are some of the most beautiful Airbnb and rental villas you can book in Gavdos to live a different and beautiful summer in Crete.
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About Gavdos island
If you’re looking for an isolated, lonely, and relaxing place for your next summer holidays, the island of Gavdos, about 3 hours south the Greek island of Crete can be just what you need. Dozens of heavenly beaches to choose from, a laid-back vibe, and a different pace are the distinctive traits that have given Gavdos legendary fame all over Europe.
Gavdos belongs to the island of Crete and it’s part of the Chania prefecture or regional unit. It’s located little less than 50 km from the city of Chora Sfakion, on West Crete. Among the best places you can stay in Gavdos, the capital Kastri or nearby the port of Karabe where boats from Crete dock. Although many of the best beaches can only be reached on foot, it’s not a bad idea to rent a bike.
Together with Ierapetra, Gavdos has the highest number of sunny days per year in Europe, and it’s also the sunniest spot of the continent.
How to get to Gavdos, Crete
To travel to Gavdos you must take a boat either in Chora Sfakion or in the villages of Paleochora and Sougia. Sometimes it’s also possible to leave from Agia Roumeli. Never fail to check the departure schedules because they tend to change often.
The best place where to check the schedules is the official site of the local ferry line ANENDYK. (Keep also their phone number at hand in case of need: +30 (28210) 95 511). Most ferries depart from Chora Sfakion.
>> Read here everything you want to know about Gavdos in this insanely great Gavdos island guide.
Best apartments & rental villas in Gavdos, Crete
A simple property in a magnificent location, facing the beachfront of Korfos in Gavdos, with a garden and a private beach area for the guests.
The place also features a comfortable terrace with the fantastic background of the Libyan sea for you to enjoy.
Most guests love the free private parking facilities available. The property is kid-friendly and pets are welcome too.
>> Akrogiali is rated 8.6 on Booking. Check the property, reviews, and book here.
Unique, traditional stone villas and apartments in the capital of Gavods, Kastri. A cozy, familiar atmosphere with edgy decorations, modern furniture, and fully renovated spaces.
Most guests praise the host’s hospitality with tourists, especially if your boat back to Crete is canceled. There are enjoyable spaces in the open and a beautiful garden you can enjoy from the comfort of your terrace.
>> Kalypso is rated 9.4 on Booking. Check the property, the top reviews, and book here.
All the comfort of a hotel in a complex of self-catered villas with the highest reviews on Booking.
The gorgeous terraces open to the Libyan Sea or they offer either garden or mountain views
The small houses are not close to the main stores, restaurants, and not even to the closest beach. It’s highly advisable that hosts also rent a car either upon arrival or consulting with your local hotel or villa reception desk.
>> Gavdos Princes is rated 9.4 on Booking. Look for more information here.
Two unique Airbnbs in Gavdos, Crete
Although Airbnbs are skyrocketing all over Crete, Gavdos is still quite off-the-beaten-track. And while informal family hotels and villas can be common, there’s are – for nor – just two Airbnbs opportunities you should keep in mind.
Villa Kastri is in Kastri, the main town in Gavdos. The villa can host up to 5 people and it enjoys stunning views of the Libyan sea. The traditional stone villa is a super comfy place to stay, including every single feature to feel right at home even on this remote tiny island. Those who are searching for a relaxing holiday will be glad to read that the place is truly quiet and silent. The villa also features a laptop-friendly workspace, Wi-Fi, and one-of-a-kind views.
>> The villa is rated 5/5 on Airbnb and you can check photos and reviews here.
Small Villa Kastri
In the same town and area, the host of Villa Kastri also offers a property to rent for a party of 2-3 travelers.
>> Small Villa Kastri is rated 4.63/5 on Airbnb and it can be booked in this link.
Are you ready to explore Crete? It can be the trip of your lifetime. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary and join our Crete Travel Group on Facebook. Or check this guide if you’re touring West Crete. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
Coming to Crete any time soon? These fantastic resources will help you organize the trip!
- Start by heading right to my post with helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which goes over every detail you need to know, from when it’s best to travel to what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. You can also check my post to plan a Crete trip with kids!
- Probably, you’re also planning to spend some time at the beach on the island. Check my guide to the best beaches in Crete to choose the one you like the most. Read this article to decide what area suits best to stay in Crete, or check this post is you still don’t know all the things you can do in Crete.
- Finally, to have updated information about the island, join my private group on Facebook about Crete and download a copy of my West Crete Travel Guide to have it always with you on the island!
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!
- I never move around the island with any of these… my Osprey backpack has been the most loyal travel partner over the last 5 years. It’s sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable! I just love it. To visit the old town, archaeological sites, and museums, this little crossbody bag is always around.
- When driving around Crete, I always pack my Michelin map, clear, accurate, and easy to read and my Nikon D7200, I’m lost without any of them. In summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
- Greece, and especially Crete, is a fairly safe destination, however, I’m sure you know that it’s always better to travel with an insurance policy for complete peace of mind. My favorite? World Nomads. Already left home? Buy your travel insurance online now!
- Always bring with you a good travel guide to Crete! The best Crete Travel Guide I’ve found so far is the one published by Lonely Planet. It has all the information you need.
- Airfares to Crete can vary immensely from one airline to the other, make sure you always compare ticket prices with a powerful search engine. Getting to Crete can be really comfortable with an airplane, but nothing beats the romantic experience of traveling by sea. I always choose Direct Ferries to visit other Greek islands or to travel directly to Crete from Athens. It has a powerful search engine to get the right ticket you need!
- If I need to book accommodation in Crete or anywhere else, I personally use Booking.com. Their Genius Loyalty Programme allows me to find better fees. As they say, the more you stay with them, the more rewards you get.
- Road trips in Crete are the most authentic way to explore the island. Find the cheapest rental car using a good car rental search engine. Discover Cars searches over 500 trusted rental companies for you to find the best deal. Compare prices for rental cars in Crete here.
- Sometimes, the best way to get to know a place better and make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has a great selection of proposals that help you save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and even airport transfer!
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!
- Further reading
If you would like to read more about Crete’s best beaches, you should also check this article featuring over 40 stunning beaches in Crete. Those staying in Chania should definitely check both West Crete beaches and the stunning beaches on the Akrotiri peninsula. The southern coast of Crete boasts the most spectacular, unspoiled beaches on the island while the remote shores in East Crete are lonely and fascinating, ideal to relax and enjoy.
Traveling with kids? There are so many child-friendly beaches on Crete that you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to visit. Falasarna as well as Elafonisi are among them. For a romantic beach holiday, head straight to Balos Beach and Lagoon! And if you’re longing for some naturist swimming and sunbathing, do check my guide to Crete’s best naturist beaches. It’s super helpful and includes GPS coordinates to find your way!
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About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!