The next morning we had breakfast outside in the sun at one of the two mini-markets next to our room; it even had working wifi. Then we spent the remainder of our time before the Samaria left at 2pm trying to see as much of the rest of the island as we could.
The dunes at Sarakiniko and other beaches are full of cedars, providing shade and a special ecosystem. Many buildings all around the island are constructed with fine stonework.
We drove west on the northern road as far as the little pebble beach at Fetoufe (rental cars are forbidden to use the inland road from there). None of the rooms or tavernas were open yet. I walked on the well-marked path which leads over rocks and through sand dunes to Agios Ioannis beach, one of the most popular with campers. There were only a few people and tents in evidence, and the views were stunning.
We also wanted to see Korfos, which had expended since we were last on Gavdos. Again, the tavernas and rooms weren’t yet open, but a few people were using the beach. Psiloriti floated in the distance as I had a lovely swim in the crystal clear sea.
We headed back to the port at Karave and enjoyed an excellent lunch at the taverna. The Samaria ferry was late, so I walked along the beach towards Korfos, fascinated by the reddish-purple and green rocks along and above the shore.
The trip back with the Samaria took much longer, of course, than the one with the Gavdos Express, as the ship first went to Agia Roumeli. Watching the villages of Sfakia slowly appear through the mist along the shore, dwarfed by the high mountains, was fascinating.
We had lovely views in the late afternoon sun along the coast back to Chora Sfakion. We had only been away 36 hours, but it felt like a much longer, and very interesting, excursion.
(There is a very good book with photos entitled Gavdos, Emerald of the Greek South, written by Christostomos Stefanakis, which is well worth buying; it has text in Greek and English.)
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