Picturesque Vacation Homes on Gavdos Island for Your Crete Trip!


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 vacation villas you can rent in Gavdos to live a different and beautiful summer in Crete.

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Everything you Need to Know 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.

Curious about Gavdos?
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Best Vacation Apartments & Rental Villas in Gavdos, Crete

These are some of the best villas and places to stay in Gavdos, in no particular order…


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 a 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.


Kalypso Apartments

(Courtesy: Kalypso Apartments.)

Unique, traditional stone villas, and apartments in the capital of Gavdos, 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.


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.


Two Unique Homes 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.

Although Airbnbs are skyrocketing all over Crete, Gavdos is still quite off-the-beaten-track. Keep these two opportunities in mind when looking for a whole villa to enjoy on the island…

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.


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.


Looking for an Alternative Place to Stay in Gavdos?

If you’re looking for a place that is in complete harmony with the natural landscape of Gavdos, featuring legendary hospitality and unique vibes, why not giving a try to this place…?

Metochi Gavdos

Metochi is located in the East part of Gavdos, about 1km away from the beach of Korfos. A stay in this simple but unique and traditional place, you’ll be able to discover a peaceful area surrounded by woods with an amazing view of south Crete.

The property offers accommodation for up to 4 guests, in basic but pretty units as well as all the comfort food you would want (and more) in a traditional family restaurant.


Quick accommodation guide to Chania

Best Hotels in Chania

Affordable: Aelia Apartments or Polixeny’s Suites in the old town.
Mid-range: Elia Estia in the old town and Atrion Resort in Agia Marina.
Luxury: Casa Delfino in the old town or Domes Noruz by the sea.
Check also Chania Accommodation Guide and Boutique Hotels in Chania.

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Travel Plans for Crete?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

Make Sure You’ve Got Everything For a Hassle-Free Vacation!

I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner that I love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I drive, I pack my Nikon D7200 and a good travel guide: Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.

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 use 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!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

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Read more:

Guide to Driving in Crete: Everything You Need to Know
Where to Stay in Crete: Insider’s guide to the best areas on the island
Insanely Practical Tips to Plan a Trip to Crete
Discover + 45 Most Gorgeous Beaches in Crete (A guide by an insider!)
Discover the Most Beautiful Monasteries in Crete: Guide to Visit

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Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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