The Hidden Greek Gem
Paxos is one of the seven principal Ionian islands; the secluded, daydreaming sister of more famous and tourist-heavy isles like Corfu and Ithaca. It is the ideal destination for luxury Greek holidays and authentic Mediterranean escapes away from the hustle and bustle of the other islands.
From its picturesque ports of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos to the smaller villages tucked away in the rugged hills and hidden bays of the island, the Paxiot pace of life is relaxed. While it does have a few notable nightlife hotspots, the best way to explore Paxos is to pick a spot on the map at random.
Throughout Paxos, you will find unassuming locals living quiet, simple lives among the olive- and cypress-crowned hills of this unpolluted gem of island. Take long swims in any of Paxos’s stunning bays or just wander the twisting island avenues at random to find a secluded taverna for a traditionally-prepared meal.
Wherever you go on the island, be prepared to immerse yourself in this perfect Mediterranean escape and relax.
What to do in Paxos
This pretty cove with its pebble beach is easy to reach from Gaios and Loggos. There are a few umbrellas on the beach with good snorkeling in the warm waters off shore. We love sipping cocktails in the deckchairs at Ben’s Bar, a great beach bar.
Loggos is tranquil and picturesque with traditional Eptanisian stone houses and coloured windows. It’s an ideal base for boating and fishing with excellent beaches within walking distance. The atmosphere is family-friendly, the restaurants are excellent and the village hosts the International Music Festival each August.
The Ionian waters are best appreciated on skippered boat trips that make regular stops for swimming, snorkeling and sightseeing. A day out on the clear blue waters aboard Circe, a Danish yacht built in 1915, is a glorious experience. Circumnavigate the island and its smaller sister, Antipaxos, while taking in the views. For shorter jaunts, visitors can rent power boats and RIBs. Enquire when booking your stay.
We love this family-friendly beach! It’s 5 km north of Gaios and offers safe swimming, plenty of loungers and umbrellas, pedal boat and kayak hire, plus toilet and shower facilities. Extra attractions include free mooring for up to 50 watercraft and traditional Greek dancing at the taverna on the beach.
Sail to Antipaxos
Antipaxos lies 3 km south of Paxos. Explore the footpaths branching out from Agrapidia harbor, passing rustic cottages, orchards and the vineyards that produce the island’s flavorful red wine. Head north to the beautiful beaches of Voutoumi and Vrika and some of the best snorkeling in Greece. Stopover on a day tour or catch a 15-minute water taxi from Gaios
Gaios is the charming capital of Paxos, set in the gentle curve of a natural harbor and packed with local culture and a rich variety of restaurants and shops. This is the main hub for boat charters and scuba diving day trips. Relax at a waterfront café, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the superyachts in the bay. Stroll through bustling streets to see the frescoes at St Apostoli church, the art gallery and fascinating Folklore Museum. Catch a water taxi to the islet of St Nicholas to visit the ruins of a 15th century fortress designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
Lakka is sheltered by wooded headlands that create a circular bay. A daily bus service connects it to nearby Gaios – Lakka is popular for its Venetian architecture, popular music bars and excellent Italian eateries. Visit Ypapanti Church, the lighthouse and Olive Press Museum’s working olive press built in around 1865.