“ Country: Greece / World Region: Europe „
Paxos is a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian sea close to Corfu. I visited a few years ago when my family and I chartered a yacht from Corfu. We stayed two nights in Paxos moored in Lakka, the second largest town/village. Getting around the island is difficult unless you hire a car or moped as it is very hilly. The roads are tiny and have many hairpins so drive carefully (I only rode my moped into one ditch!) and try not to get lost in the olive groves! There are many tiny coves tucked away around the island which are easily accessible when you have a boat but can be a little trickier to find from land- it usually involves a few hundred meters of very steep and windy gravel track! However, once you have found these Mediterranean gems you will not want to leave! There are many tavernas in Lakka and Gaios (the larger town) which offer fantastic Mediterranean cuisine and as many carafes of Greek wine as you can handle...there is also often Greek dancing on the waterfront which is a fun way to spend the evening and the locals are always very enthusiastic about getting the visitors dancing.
MY FAVOURITE GREEK ISLAND
First visited Paxos in 1999 and have been back nearly every year since, sometimes with my family, but on my own twice. It is such a safe welcoming place, that its great for women alone. No hassle or trouble.
I think Lakka is the prettiest village, with its sweeping bay, and assortment of beaches, great retaurants/grills and bars, plus a few shops.
I always book direct through Routsis holidays, run by George, who arrnges everything, they pick you up at Corfu airport, take you to the ferry and then on to your accomodation. Can't rate them highlly enough.
Paxos gets very busy in August, when many Italians visit. This is also the most expensive time. But in |May and september its great for those who like walking.
Visit the quaint capital Gaois, and take a boat to the sandy beaches of Anti Paxos (Paxos beaches are mainyl shingle)
I spent my holidays at Paxos last summer, and I really must say, it was the most beautiful. Being Greek myself, I have travelled throughout most parts of Greece, and I believe that the best places I've ever been to were Paxoi islands and Metsovo village. A small detail is that Paxos is not a single island. Paxoi (plural)are two islands opposite to each other. PAxos is the main island to which most tourists go. It's a fantastic island with a small town and it's guaranteed you're gonna have a great time there. However, if you go, it's a crime not to take the little boat to Antipaxos (the second island) and spend at least two days there. The sea is crystal clear, there are only a few people, and it is the best place to relax and admire the beautiful sea and landscape. Paxos and Antipaxoi, in my opinion, are one of the most beautiful parts of Greece to spend your holidays at.
Paxos is a wonderful little island just to the south of Corfu. Boats that really do not qualify as ferries, more like converted fishing boats, take tourists over just for the day, or for a longer stop. Travelling independently I went to Paxos for a few days to relax after over doing things a bit in Ipsos. Locals greet the boats and you can get cheap accommodation when you arrive. I stayed in a small house which the owner used during the winter. In the summer he stayed in a tiny part built house in the garden and rented out his family home. He was using the rentals to fund the building of a larger house. What passes for the main town in Paxos is little more than a village. There are plenty or restaurants and bars but you are unlikely to do too much damage to your liver here as most holiday makers are older couples. Food is good greek fare and you are not overwhelmed with the adverts for British food and the menus with photos on that you get in Kavos! The beaches are pebble rather than sand, and the water is crystal clear. This is a great place for reading and a little snorkling. There are olive groves all over the place and plenty of people getting on with normal lives away from the tourism industry. This is certainly not an island for the clubbing set. If you want action you are in the wrong place, but Paxos is beautiful, quiet and rather Greek. I would recommend it if you are alone or with your significant other and want time to sit back, think and take life at a slower pace for a while.
The tiny village of Loggos on the Greek island of Paxos is everything you would wish for. The prettiest village on Paxos is laid back and friendly. Here you can watch the locals bring in their fish at the harbour, gut them on their boats and then take them into their family restaurants ready to be eaten that night.
There are six or seven tavernas ranging from meals such as a greek salad and taramosalata for starters followed by moussaka and local wine for around £14 for two or for those desiring a more upmarket meal how about lobster pasta (you can choose your own) with salad and a superior bottle of greek wine for just under £40.
The swimming here is excellent, beautiful clear water, ideal for snorkelling, however the beaches which are described as pebbly in the brochures actually comprise of small rocks and getting in and out of the water is not easy. Jelly shoes are a necessity.
From the island it is easy to reach the smaller island of Anti Paxos which has a fantastic sandy beach and where the water is clear blue and turqoise. Boat trips run several times a day.
Further afield the sea cat will take you to the wonderful island of Cephalonia (see separate review). If you book an organised tour, a coach will take you on a trip of the "must visit" parts of the island.
Now for the negatives.
Amongst the literature in the place where we were staying was an article on wildlife. The item stated that "rats were indigenous to the island". I think that was a polite way of saying that there are plenty of them on Paxos and we had several sightings of them during our two weeks stay. People we spoke to had seen them in their gardens, on their verandahs and even in a bar. If like me you have a phobia for these furry fiends then Paxos maybe not for you. I decided a few ouzos gave me a bit of courage and helped me sleep soundly in my bed!.
"Paxi (Greek: Παξοί), more commonly called "Paxos" in English, is the smallest of the Ionian Islands (the Heptanese). In fact in Greek it is a plural form and it refers to a complex of islands, the largest of which are Paxi and Antipaxi (a smaller nearby island famous for its wine, which is almost impossible to purchase in shops or tavernas, and two of the finest sandy beaches in the Ionian Sea). In Greek mythology Poseidon created the island by striking Corfu with his trident, so that he and wife Amphitrite could have some peace and quiet."