Gavdos is a small island southwest of Crete.  Located 24 nautical miles from Hora Sfakia, Gavdos is Crete’s most southern island and the southernmost point of Europe.

 Gavdos Island

The island has one school for all grades of elementary school and the first three out of six grades of high school. The first grade has only one student. There are two more children who will be old enough to go to school in the next two to three years. The older children will go to Crete for their final three grades of high school next year so the high school part will close. The video shows the island, the amazing small school and the sole student and teacher of the elementary part. The video is titled “Ένα θρανίο” – (“One schooldesk”).

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During the summer months there are boats to Gavdos from Hora Sfakion and Paleohora. One can get there from Athens either by airplane or by ferry. Ferry schedules are daily and usually there is a day crossing and a night one. The ferry to Chania is more convenient if one is to make the whole trip in one go but schedules to Heraklio are a bit more frequent. The trip from Athens to Crete takes about 9 hours. It is possible to go and return the same day but the island does not warrant a one day journey. The attraction in Gavdos is its isolation, beautiful beaches, and clear waters. To really enjoy these one should at least stay over-night.

Gavdos aerial image