Paxos or Paxi is the smallest of the Ionian Islands, located only seven miles south of Corfu and eight miles from the Greek mainland coasts. The population does not exceed 2300 inhabitants.
Paxos is considered one of the top twenty greatest escapes of the world.
This is a result of the 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 daily 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 exceptional red wine.
Paxos is offering lush green countryside, enchanting beaches and quaint villages on the eastern part, amazing caves, arches and sheer 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 the famous littoral caves with the iridescent turquoise waters.
The following locations are considered as the major points of interest in Paxos island:
Gaios is an idyllic port spreading out 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 that leads to the delightfully 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 throughout the ancient years
Gaios harbour and the approaching inlet is very safe for an overnight mooring for all types of boats. Water and fuel vehicles patrol daily. Payment for mooring can be obtained from the Port Authorities.
Lakka is the northern harbour of Paxos, set in a horseshoe-shaped bay flanked by higher ground covered by olive and cypresses trees. The bay, which is sheltered from the open sea, is ideal for swimming, water sports and boat mooring. Eating out you are spoilt for choice, with an abundance of bars and tavernas offering a wide choice of tasty traditional Greek food. There is an excellent taxi service both by road and sea leading to other parts of the Island, and Lakka is reached by the main bus route.
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 local bakery where a good selection of products, fresh fruit and vegetables, are brought in from mainland Greece regularly. 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 shoreline of Vrika beach is sandy, Voutoumis shoreline 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 is a few smaller ones, more private coves, which can be easily reached.
Antipaxos is approx. 2 kilometres 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.