The Pilot Guides crew filming on the beach in Gavdos
Where it's at
Gavdos is the most southerly landmass in Europe and only 250
miles from Libya in north Africa - it floats in the Libyan
sea. Only four ferries a week travel to the island and the
native popular is a mere 40. The ferry captain is also the
President of the tiny island.
You can sleep on the island's beaches, you may have to as
the island has no hotels. It once housed 8000 inhabitant,
but the island was almost abandoned in the 18th century when
pirates sought refuge on the island during the Crete wars.
It's an island steeped in religion and history; 5,000 year
old pottery and marble statues have been uncovered and according
to Homer's Odyssey, this is the island of the nymph Calypso.
Saint Paul spent much time on the island as a castaway when
the ship taking him to stand trial in Rome sank off the Gavdos
Why visit Gavdos?
Gavdos is said to be the home of the Mediterranean's most
beautiful beaches. The beaches have the award of "Golden
Starfish" for their golden sands and crystal clear waters.
A local saying is "God has offered Gavdos all that man
has deprived it of". It's a sight of enchanting purple
sunrises and pictoresque sunsets. Agios Ioannis (St
John's beach), next to the tiny village, population ten, is
home to several impressively large caves.