GAVDOS Lybian Sea

Explore the mythical island of Calypso

Prepare yourself for a unique experience that will positively stay in your heart forever.
Gavdos is an island of exceptional natural beauty far away from the “civilized” world in so many ways.
Almost gives the feeling of being in another planet, completely peaceful and free…

From the very first moment you will feel the magical desire to wander around the tropical beaches
by crossing beautiful sandy dunes surrounded from pine trees, shrubs and perennial cedars.
You will surely be enchanted from the mysterious atmosphere emitted on this island, inviting you to discover its hidden beauties.

Gavdos is also know to have therapeutic properties. It treats wounded hearts and souls, reveals new potentials and awakes unknown senses.
It’s a return to nature and your roots. Imagine the benefits for your body and soul,
after spending a few days full of practicing yoga, eating healthy and being in total harmony with the environment.

Enjoy your yoga practice in selected locations following the sun in dreamy sunrises and breathtaking sunsets.
Feel free to make the best of the time in between depending on your needs and preferences.
Whether you decide to swim in the crystal clear blue waters, lay under a tree on the sandy beach or wander off to explore the island,
you can rest assured that you will be rewarded!

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Location

Gavdos is the most southern island of Greece and the southernmost point in Europe.

It is located 24 nautical miles south of Creta in the middle of the mediterranean sea, with an area of 37 square km (9km long, 4.5 km wide) and the highest point at 345m above sea level.
The island has very few permanent residents (around 60 people) scattered in small settlements, but hundreds of people from around the world visit during the summer period.
Blesses with the finest of nature, Gavdos offers pristine seashores with cedar trees almost reaching the water, dense piney and juniper woods and beautiful cobblestone footpaths through wild nature with unimaginable views of the sea.

Most of the activities of our retreat will take place at the “Exiles House” in Sarakiniko beach.
An old house is now transformed into a relaxing cafe, offering all day snacks, healthy meals, juices and smoothies with an unbelievable view of the sea. It is located on a little hill at the west side of Sarakiniko, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the beach, that will instantly make you feel free to kick back, relax and just take in the views.

This is where breakfast and dinner will be served and also where the morning yoga classes will take place. We will practice yoga feeling the wide open space, breathing the clean air coming from the sea, while watching amazing sunrises changing the colours in the horizon.

Know before you go

Gavdos is one of the most important area stations of the migrating birds through Europe, as well as a refuge for endangered species of seals and turtles careta-careta. The island has been declared as a protected area under the European network of Natura 2000.
Guest should love and respect nature and be prepared to spend a few days, away from the noise but also away from many unnecessary comforts of the civilised world.

Also due to its location, Gavdos is subject to unpredictable weather conditions.
We strongly advice you to leave a few days free after the retreat and before your flight, as it may not be possible for the boat to cross for a day or two, if the winds are too high.

Excursions / Trekking Tours

We are going to spend most of our free time wandering around the island, following footpaths through wild nature and magnificent landscapes, so don’t forget to bring your walking shoes and a hat.

Our first trekking tour will be to ‘Ai Giannis’, a beach that is characterised from unimaginable beauty of sand dunes, rocks and cedar trees. It has been awarded as the second best beach in the world from the discovery channel in 2007.
We will then continue the path to ‘Lavrakas’ beach and pass through a forest of perennial cedar trees to the beach of ‘Pirgos’.

Our next excursion will start from the beach of ‘Korfos’ to ‘Tripiti’, one of the most famous attractions of the island, as it is located at the southernmost point of Europe. The landmarks of the beach are the three arches and the giant chair standing above them, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Libyan Sea. We will then pass through the small village Vatsiana on our way back to Sarakiniko.

Finally we are going to take one of the most beautiful routes from the settlement of Ambelos to the lighthouse of Gavdos, which is dominating at the ruggest coast of the southwest side. It was built in 1880 and was visible from a distance of 40 miles, a record for these times.
Just imagine the feeling of practicing yoga on the lighthouse during sunset…

Availability

Dates can be arranged upon request.
Inform us about the dates of interest as soon as possible, so we can ensure availability on selected hotels and instructors.

Best time to visit:
May, June, September, October

Prices

Prices will depend on the preferred accommodation, the period of visit and the duration of your stay.
Please contact us for more information about availability and pricing options

How to get there

Please book a flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ) and try to arrive Saturday or early Sunday morning. From Chania you can take a bus from the main bus station to Hora Sfakion (1hr 20min). Finally from Hora Sfakion you will hop on the boat and head to Gavdos (2-4 hrs depending on the boat).

You can also take the boat from Athens  (port of Piraeus) to Chania. There are daily trips departing at 21.00 and arriving at 06.00 in the morning. Shortly after arrival, there is a bus from the port of Chania directly to Hora Sfakion, which is usually corresponding with the boat to Gavdos.
Pick up service from Chania and private boat from Hora Sfakion can be arranged for groups, provided that at least 10 people are interested.

Although it may sound a little hard to reach, we are positive that the experience will be compensating.
Besides, this is part of what makes Gavdos so special…

Bus service from Chania to Hora Sfakion (1hour 20min)
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Boat service from Hora Sfakion to Gavdos (1-4hrs depending on the boat)
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What to bring

Yoga mat, relaxation blanket, towel, comfortable clothes, hat, walking shoes, antimosquito and sunblock.

If you decide to stay on the beach, bring the necessary camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, torch etc.).

The myth

According to Homer’s Odyssey, Gavdos was the island where Odysseus was a cast away.
Nymph Calypso in her attempt to lure Odysseus into living with her offered him immortality.
Odysseus declined, longing only for his return to his wife Penelope.
After 7 years of captivity, his prayers travelled to the mountain of the Gods, Olympus, and were heard by Zeus. Zeus sent the messenger God Hermes to order Calypso to free Odysseus and to help him on his journey.
So Calypso helped Odysseus to build a boat of holy wood and also taught him to seek guidance from the stars and the moon.