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 (also known as Paxi)
                                       Gaios Harbour       
    There is a saying that ‘small is beautiful’ - well that just about sums up the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.   Paxos is located approximately 10 miles south of Corfu and is about 7 miles long by 3 miles wide; tiny Antipaxos lies one mile further south from Paxos.  The local inhabitants of Paxos number less than 3,000 and most of these live in one of the three main villages of Gaios, Loggos and Lakka. 
   There is a tranquil atmosphere on Paxos, perfect for a relaxing holiday, and the local people follow a traditional way of life.  Olives are harvested from every one of the guesstimated 200,000 ancient olive trees, which cloak the island with their silvery green foliage and produce some of the best olive oil in Greece.  The island terrain is gently sloping, low hills which are covered by a network of small paths and tracks making it an ideal destination for rambling holidays and those who enjoy walking.  It is possible to walk the length of the island in one day and in spring and early summer the wild flowers are at their best.  This glorious island also has pine trees and cypresses, lovely villages, secluded coves and the ever present sapphire seas of the Ionian. On a clear day you can see the Greek mainland from the eastern coast of Paxos and from the western cliffs striking sunsets finish off the day.
     Gaios town is full of character and is the capital and main port of Paxos.  It has a small but pretty main square, with a great choice of cafes, restaurants, tavernas and bars.  There are 2 attractive wooded islets in the bay, separated from the port by a narrow sea channel, called the Gaios Channel.  The larger islet, Agois Nikolaos, is home to the ruins of a Venetian fortress and the smaller is called Panagia, after the Virgin Mary.  Lovely Gaios is wrapped around these islets like a horseshoe and most of the pretty red-tiled houses that line the waterfront managed to escape the devastation of the 1953 earthquake that affected the whole of the Ionian Islands. In fact the scene has hardly changed since the 19th Century, when the British artist Edward Lear painted the view of these pretty buildings from the islet of Agios Nikolaos.
    On the waterfront, look out for the Green Man statue, placed there in honour of a Paxiot sailor who died whilst fighting the Turks. The town Museum is well worth visiting and whilst there is a small pebble beach, most people prefer to take a water taxi along the coast or opt to hire a small motorboat to find their own private beach. As Gaios Channel is extremely narrow, the ferries land at the ‘New Port’, a small dock about half a kilometre further along the coastal road; while the ‘Old Port’ is used by the local fishing caiques, water taxis, smaller tour boats, the seaplane from Corfu and visiting yachts.  In fact Gaios has become a favourite haunt of the yachting set, bringing an almost upmarket feel to the town and many a pleasant hour can be spent watching the beautiful yachts come and go.  Boat trips leaving from the old port include day trips to the picturesque resort of Parga, on the mainland, Corfu and Antipaxos. There are also boat trips to the western coast of Paxos visiting the Sea Caves and the fascinating Orolithos, a huge limestone block rising out of the sea.  A regular local bus service runs across the island to the other main villages of Loggos and Lakka.
                                                       Paxos Hero   
     Lakka is located on the north coast of Paxos, facing Corfu, and sits on a wide bay of dazzling white pebbles.  Water sports are popular here, with opportunities for windsurfers, dinghy sailors and divers. The turquoise sea is clear and warm and the seafront is lined with cafés and tavernas.  Lakka is also a popular destination for excursion boats from Corfu.
     Perhaps the most picturesque village is Loggos, beautiful in its simplicity and the perfect Greek hideaway.  Smaller than the other two villages it is the quintessential Greek fishing village, with colourful fishing caiques and small motorboats bobbing on the crystal clear waters of the bay.  The vibrant red roof tiles of the village houses contrast with the blue sky and even bluer water.  The olive trees flow down the hillsides to crowd around the village houses that line the seafront.  The harbour is the centre of village life with good tavernas, a few shops and a bakery.
   Antipaxos lies just south of Paxos and because it has a string of beautiful sandy beaches stretching along the eastern coast, Antipaxos has become a magnet for tour boats from Paxos.   The only hamlet on the islet is Ormos Agrapidias and there is no tourist accommodation.  The nearest beach to Agrapidia is at Vrikes, which is sometimes used for a spot of unofficial camping, but you need to travel further around the coast to find the best sandy beach on the island, which is at Voutoumi.
                Harbour View                             Paxos Seaplanes
Neither Paxos nor Antipaxos has an airport and the only way to reach the island(s) is by ferry boat or a seaplane service that operates from Corfu to Paxos. Package holidays are available from a few major and some Greek specialist tour companies, flying via Corfu and then travelling onward to Paxos.  For the independent traveller ferries leave from Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland direct to Paxos, or ferries can be taken to Paxos via Corfu Town (see Corfu - Island Connections).
The foregoing information was last reviewed in July 2006. Things change, and whilst we are often travelling in Greece we do rely to some extent upon others to provide updates in order to keep the site as current and accurate as possible!  If you have any updates or information that you think should be included here, please do mail the webmaster@aguide2greece.com  - thank you.


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