Unique Villas and Airbnbs to Rent in Gavdos Island, Crete


Are you looking 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.

Where to stay in Gavdos, Crete

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Best places to rent in Gavdos, 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.

Sunrise by the sea, Gavdos.

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

Port of Karabe, Gavdos.

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


Korfos beach.

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 <<

Kalypso Apartments

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.

(Courtesy: Kalypso Apartments.)

>> Kalypso is rated 9.4 on Booking. Check the property, the top reviews, and book here <<

Gavdos Princess

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

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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Travel plans for Crete?
These resources will help you organize the trip!

Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete or check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids. To visit Crete’s heavenly beaches, check my guide to the best beaches. Discover what region is best to stay in or check what to do in Crete.

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Make sure you’ve got everything for a hassle-free trip!

I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I’m driving around, I pack my Michelin map and my Nikon.

When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I personally use Booking.com and Airbnb.
Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

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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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