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Naked in Gavdos: the ultimate freedom

Crete ● Gavdos ● 02 August 2017
 

Before going to Gavdos, I didn't even know it existed. This tiny island, which is located to the south of Chania, this unspoiled paradise between Crete and Africa, was for me only a name, the name of the southernmost point of Europe.

Gavdos is an exotic oasis, an islet that looks like belonging to Africa, like a part of it that came closer to Greece, to Crete because it wanted to give the Libyan Sea some of its magic, its free character, its nostalgic aura. It is not an exaggeration to say that every visitor of Gavdos feels like having spent his/her holidays in a place, which stands between two worlds. If you want to experience the ultimate freedom and total relaxation away from mass tourism, away from the crowds, then Gavdos is your place. Forget everything, forget modern civilisation and get lost on this island, which has as a trademark some goats and a chair on the top of a cliff, overlooking the Libyan Sea and the nearby island of Crete.


The main beach of Gavdos is the beach of Ai Giannis (=Saint John), an impressive beach with cedar trees, dunes and soft, thick, golden sand. On this beach, rackets and every kind of noise are forbidden. You will see there only peaceful young people, with their guitar singing, laughing and having fun. On this beach, something else is also prohibited: the swimming suits. Ai Giannis is a nudism-friendly beach where all people feel free to be naked and experience the ultimate connection with nature. There isn't any funnier moment than playing with the huge waves, which sometimes show up in the sea, and becoming a company with your new friends, the other off-the-beaten-track travellers, who sleep near you on the beach.

Is there something more relaxing than swimming and sunbathing naked the whole day without having to worry about anything?


In Gavdos, you can find a few rooms to let, but the island and especially its main beach is a famous spot for free-camping, which is the most popular form of accommodation. There are people that come in Gavdos in June and stay until September. In this untouched heaven, which gives you the opportunity to understand what going off-the-beaten-path means, everything is free. Most people erect their tent near the dunes, stay on the beach the whole day and leave it only for going to the nearby tavern, which is located 10 minutes on foot. In this tavern, they can eat fresh fish, take a shower and have long conversations with the local people.

When they have to leave from Gavdos, its lovers burry in the sand their tents and other stuff. They are sure that next summer they will be there, and everything will wait for them, untouched and ready to give them the ultimate gift: some moments of authentic and true relaxation.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Dimitra Hotel & Apartments
9 10
Dimitra Hotel & Apartments
Kokkini Hani, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Dimitra Hotel & Apartments is located in the village of Kokkini Hani, 11.7 km from the city centre of Heraklion. Heraklion International Airport is an 11-minute drive away and Heraklion Port is a 20-minute drive away.

Villa in Rethymno, Greece Cretan Mansion
9.9 10
Cretan Mansion
Dramia - Georgioupolis, 73007 Rethymno, Greece

Featuring a private swimming pool, Cretan Mansion is located in the village of Dramia just 15 minutes walk from the beach. Georgioupoli town is at 5 km, while the lively Rethymnon town is at 17 km. Cretan Mansion lies at the foot of the White Mountains at the northeastern corner of the prefecture of Chania. Chania and Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis can be reached within a 40-minute drive.

Appartment in Chania, Greece Icarus Hotel
9.5 10
Icarus Hotel
Agiou Fanouriou, Kalamaki, 73100 Chania, Greece

Icarus Hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the popular, well-organized beach in Kalamaki resort. The historic town of Chania is at 7 km, while Souda Port is 12 km away. Ioannis Daskalogiannis International Airport is at 26 km.


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