Paxos or Paxi is the smallest of the Ioanian Islands, located only seven miles South of Corfu and eight miles from Greek Mainland coasts. The population does not exceed the 2300 habitants.
Paxos is considered one of the top twenty greatest escapes all over the world.
This is a result of island's beauty, with its turquoise waters, the picturesque villages, the imposing cliffs sheltering littoral caves and the amazing beaches.
Island's capital is Gaios, nestling in a fjord, which is created by the two small islets: Panagia and Agios Nikolaos.
Paxos can only be reachable by sea and there are frequent crossings to / from Corfu on a daily basis or Igoumenitsa, the largest port on the opposite coast of the Greek Mainland.
Adjacent to Paxos is the smaller island of Antipaxos, famous for Brika and Boutoumi beaches, as well for its vineyards, producing an exceptional red wine.
Paxos is offering lush green countryside, enchanting beaches and quaint villages on the eastern part, amazing caves, arches and shear cliffs on the west coast.
The island, only 7 X 3 miles, can easily be explored by foot, bike, car or boat.
Sea taxis, small boats and caiques are available from the harbour front of Gaios to take you to the island of Anti-Paxos, or to the famous littoral caves with the turquoise waters.
The following locations are considered as the major points of interest in Paxos island:
Gaios is an idyllic port town and spreads itself along the waterfront. Entering Gaios from a northerly or southerly direction you will be passing two small islets, the first one at the mouth of the harbour, called Panagia, with a beautiful monastery on its top.
The second one, Agios Nikolaos, forms a natural breakwater which leads to the picturesque inlet of Gaios harbour. On Agios Nikolaos islet there are two small churches (St Nicholas and St Ioannis) and an old Venetian fortress, built in 1423, which was protecting the place through out the ancient years
Gaios harbour and the approaching inlet is very safe for overnight mooring for all types of boats. Water and fuel vehicles patrol on a daily basis. Payment for mooring can be obtained from the Port Authorities.
Lakka is the northern harbour of Paxos, set in a horse shoe shaped bay and flanked by high ground covered by olive and cypresses trees. The bay, which is totally sheltered from the open sea, is ideal for swimming, water sports and for boats mooring. Eating out is spoilt for choice, with bars and tavernas offering a wide choice of very good Greek food. There is a rich taxi service both by road and sea to other parts of Paxos and Lakka is on the main bus route to other parts of the island.
Loggos is a small fishing village on the east coast of Paxos very close to Lakka. Tavernas and bars surround the harbour. There are three mini-markets and a bakery which have a good selection of products, fresh fruit and vegetables, brought in from mainland Greece on a regular basis. Loggos is on the main bus route and is well serviced by the local taxi services.
There are two main beaches at the north end of Anti Paxos called Vrika and Voutoumi. The shore line of Vrika beach is sandy, Voutoumis shore line is pebble but white sand in the water. Here you have some of the finest clear blue seas all over the world, for swimming or snorkelling and has been experienced safe for all ages to enjoy. South of these two beaches are a few smaller ones, more private coves, which can be easily reached.
Antipaxos is approx. 2 kilometers south of Paxos and it is almost uninhabited, with many small vineyards which are looked after by Paxos families. Anti Paxos wine can be bought in the local shops in Paxos or can be sampled in the tavernas on Anti Paxos and Paxos.Excursion boats from Paxos to Anti Paxos run frequently during the summer weather permitting.
Sport & Nature
Culture and History
According to the legend, the island would be the southernmost tip of Corfu, if the God of the Sea, Poseidon, had not broken it off with his trident when he needed a god-deserving place to live his love with the Nereid Amphitrite.