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The national capital Athens is situated 220 miles (354 kilometers) north of Gavdos, while Heraklion is 70 miles (113 kilometers) to the northeast.
Don't restrict yourself to Gavdos, because this region features plenty of cultural and scenic attractions which await the savvy traveler. Places within a relatively short distance of Gavdos are Loutro, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the south, and Agia Roumeli, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the south.
Rethimnon is approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Gavdos. This regional center contains a wide range of points of interest, including Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon, Great Gate and Arkadi Monastery. If you're still looking for things to do in the city centre, be sure to visit University of Crete, Fortezza Castle and Rethimnon Municipal Garden before you head back to Gavdos.
Crete Island is graced with a number of churches and other sites of spiritual importance, perfect places to catch a glimpse of Gavdos' gentler side. A great way to truly appreciate a spot is by exploring its earlier days. Take a trip to the traditional villages while you are here.
When it's time to take time out to smell the roses, have a go at sunbathing or beach combing. Combine a little learning with leisure on your vacation by joining a group of like-minded travelers on one of the area's excellent winery tours, cycling tours and guided nature walks.
When the time is right to head off and say "Yiá sou", you'll have heaps of memories you'll cherish forever.