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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Where to stay in Crete
If you don’t have time to read this whole Airbnb guide, check Kalypso Apartments. If you’re staying in Chania most of the time, why not checking Mrs. and Mr. White (affordable luxury) is a gorgeous resort near Chania. Budget trip? Check Archipelagos in Rethymnon or Sofia Hotel in Heraklion. Hostel type? No problem! The best options are So Young Hostel in Heraklion and Cocoon City Hostel in Chania.
Top-rated tours in Crete
Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon from Kissamos (Bestselling tour from US$ 29.65).
Samaria Gorge Trek: Full-Day from Rethymno (Another best-seller, from US$ 36.73).
Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania (From US$ 41).
Knossos Palace: E-Ticket & Audio Tour (Check Knossos at your own pace, from US$ 19.34).
Touring Crete by car?
By far the best way to discover the island. I use both Discover Cars and Rentalcars.com to reach far off places where my old jalopy won’t take me.
Are you covered?
It’s always better to have travel insurance. Check quotes on World Nomads.
Three items you need in Crete
Don’t forget your daypack for beach days and excursions. Add a good map, the Lonely Planet Guide, or get a copy of my own guide to West Crete!
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 at this link <<
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Coming to Crete any time soon? These resources will help you organize the trip!
Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which covers details such as when it’s best to travel, what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. Check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids.
To visit Crete’s heavenly beaches, check my guide to the best beaches in Crete. Discover what region is best to stay or check what things you can do in Crete.
For updated information about the island, join my private group on Facebook, or get my West Crete Guide!
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!
I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable travel partner I just love. To visit villages, sites, and museums instead, I carry this little crossbody bag.
When driving around, I pack my Crete Michelin map and my Nikon D7200. In Summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
Airfares to Crete can change from one airline to the other, make sure to compare prices with a powerful search engine. Planes are fast, but nothing like the romantic experience of traveling by sea in Greece. Direct Ferries has great ticket deals to reach Crete from Athens or to visit other Greek islands.
If I need to book accommodation, I personally use different search engines. Booking.com
and Hotels.com are my go-to options.
Sometimes, the best way to make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has top-rated tours to save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and airport transfer!
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!
These articles have been written just for you that love Crete’s beaches!
Read more about Crete’s best beaches, checking more than 40 stunning beaches in Crete. Staying in Chania? Check both West Crete beaches and the stunning beaches on the Akrotiri peninsula. For unspoiled beaches, discover the southern coast of Crete. The remote shores in East Crete are lonely and fascinating, ideal to relax.
Traveling with kids? There many child-friendly beaches on Crete to visit. Falasarna and Elafonisi are among them. For a romantic beach holiday, head to Balos Beach and Lagoon! And if you’re longing for some naturist swimming and sunbathing, 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!
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