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Native name: Γαυδοπούλα
The islet of Gavdopoula
GR Gavdos.PNG
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Archipelago Cretan Islands
Area 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
Region Crete
Regional unit Chania
Population 3 (as of 2001)
Density 2 /km2 (5 /sq mi)
Vehicle registration ΧΝ

Gavdopoula (Greek: Γαυδοπούλα, [ɣavðoˈpula]) is an islet located north-west of its larger neighbour, Gavdos, in the Libyan Sea. It is located to the south of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. It is part of the municipality of Gavdos, and it was part of the former Selino Province.


Gavdopoula is covered with phrygana (φρύγανα) low-lying shrubs. It is an important stop for migrating birds.[1]

Proposed Container Shipping Development

In 1998 the islet was the proposed site of an enormous container shipping storage facility. Environmentalists campaigned successfully to block the development and Gavdopoula is now a protected nature reserve and notably for migrating birds.[2]

See also


  1. European populations of migratory birds, Natural History Museum of Crete of the University of Crete, Flora and Fauna on Gavdos, Gavdos Online Service, March 1, 2008.
  2. Going to Gavdos by DeTraci Regula,