What are the first places that come to your mind when you think of Greek travel? Most likely the famous islands, right? Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, to name but a few. But what if I told you that there was another island. One that you didn’t know of; one that you don’t find in your average travel brochures; and one that doesn’t come with a high price tag.

You can get your first glimpse of it, on the southern shores of Crete, as you dip your toes into the turquoise blue waters and look out over the horizon.  For there it lies, happily nestled in the middle of the Libyan sea, the southern most Greek island. Gavdos.

“Thickets of alder, black poplar, and cypress, with horned owls, falcons, and garrulous sea-crows roosting in their branches, sheltered Calypso’s great cavern. A grape-vine twisted across the entrance. Parsley and irises grew thick in an adjoining meadow, which was fed by four clear streams.” ~ Homer’s Odyssey

Measuring a mere 33 square kilometres, it’s no wonder that you may not of heard of it, however, you may already know of it’s existence. Homer’s “Odyssey” speaks of an ancient island named Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso and where she kept her prisoner, Odysseus, for seven years in the hope that they would marry. Time passed and the island’s name has changed several times throughout history until finally coming to be called, you guessed it – Gavdos.

Well, now that we have brought this little island to your attention, we are going to give you a few reasons why it should be on your list of destinations.

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