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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 in Heraklion, Greece Olympic Hotel
Olympic Hotel
43, Kornarou Square, Heraklion Town, 71201 Heraklion, Greece

Being located on well known Kornarou Square in the very heart of Heraklion, Hotel Olympic offers year-round accommodation within walking distance to all the sights and the center of the lively and bustling city of Heraklion. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2 km, while the international airport Nikos Kazantzakis is at 5 km.

Studio & Appartment in Hersonissos, Greece  Korifi Suites & Apartments
Korifi Suites & Apartments
John Ritsou Str., Piskopiano, 70014 Hersonissos, Greece

Korifi suites & Apartments is located in the scenic village of Piskopiano, close to Hersonissos and 2 km away from the beach. Hrakleion city and Heraklion Port are approximately a 30-minute drive away. Heraklion International Airport is 23 km away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.


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