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Cape Tripiti - The southernmost point in Europe

The southernmost point of Europe is located on Gavdos. The wooden chair on Cape Tripiti is the landmark that marks the southernmost end of Europe. In this blog article, you can find background information about this special place and how to get there.


Stuhl auf Kap Tripiti, Gavdos, dem südlichsten Punkt Europas
The wooden chair at Cape Tripiti

A special kind of landmark that is typical of Gavdos: a large wooden chair showing the southernmost point of Europe. "Relax", "smile" and "happines" are engraved on the wood. Anyone who has ever stood in this place and gazed into the infinite distance will have experienced exactly this feeling. Cape Tripiti is a spectacular place with a lot to say about it.



 

#1 Is the southernmost point of Europe really located on Gavdos?


The short answer is yes. Gavdos is located just under 35 kilometers south of Crete and is geographically the southernmost island in Europe. Although the Canary Islands, for example, are even further south, they are only politically part of Europe and are geographically assigned to the African continent. The situation is similar with Cyprus, which is not geographically part of Europe. By the way, the southernmost point of the European mainland is in Punta, Spain.




#2 How do you get to Cape Tripiti?


To get to Cape Tripiti, you first have to reach the island of Gavdos, of course. If you want to know how to get to Gavdos, this blog article will help you. Cape Tripiti can only be reached on foot. The starting points for the hike to Tripiti are in Vatsiana and Korfos. Both villages can be reached by car or bus (only in season). From there, easy to moderately difficult hiking trails lead to the destination in approx. 2 hours. Please note that there are no opportunities to replenish water supplies along the way. The path from Korfos is easier to walk as the path is better prepared. Directly in front of the imposing rocky cape, a beautiful rocky and pebbly beach awaits the newcomers. The water is crystal clear and invites you to take a dip. If the current is weak, you can also swim under the cape without any problems. The name of the cape is derived from the three striking rock arches. If you look closely, you can see the wooden chair at the end of the cape in the distance. To get there, you have to climb the rocky outcrop. Once you reach the chair, all you have to do is enjoy. The endless sea and a feeling of freedom await you. The next piece of land - the north coast of Libya - is around 260 kilometers away.



#3 The beach of Tripiti


A trip to Tripiti is not only worthwhile because of its geographical peculiarity, but also because of its scenic beauty. This becomes apparent as soon as you arrive at Tripiti beach. A beautiful beach that stretches like a crescent in front of the famous rocky cape. The water is crystal clear and shimmers in the most beautiful blue. The purest water quality allows you to see meters underwater. A perfect opportunity to cool off after the strenuous hike there. As the beach is made up of stones and pebbles, you need to be a little careful when entering the water. Another natural spectacle is located directly behind the beach: a salt pan. To get to Tripiti, the path usually leads directly through the salt plain. You will immediately notice that the salt clay on the ground is very greasy, even after many months of drought. In winter, as soon as there are heavy downpours, the plain fills up with water.




#4 The wooden chair at Cape Tripiti


A special landmark, which is now also considered the most famous landmark on the island: a chair over 2 meters high, which is attached to a solid concrete slab. The structure was erected in 2000 by members of a community from Eastern Europe who have lived on the island for many years. Anyone traveling to Gavdos should visit this special place.



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