Paxos is a cluster of small islands and the smallest group of the Ionian islands, located 7 miles southern from Corfu, remain unspoilt, picturesque and idyllic until today. The largest of the islands Paxi and Antipaxos, with its’ stunning landscape, marvellous beaches and hospitable locals, are a perfect place for peaceful vacation.
According to Greek Mythologie, Poseidon, the God of the Sea, broke this place from Corfu with his trident so as he and his love, the Nereid Amphitrite, to find a peaceful place to live. And million years later, the visitors do not reveal Poseidon’s secret and, as a result, the islands’ intimacy and privacy is maintained.
You will definetely fall in love from the first sight with the capital and main port, graphical Gaios, which is separated by a narrow channel from it’s natural breakwater, isle Agios Nikolaos, where a Venetian fortress was built. In Gaios you can visit the museum of Paxos, where you can see finds from the prehistoric era and the classic years until the Second World War, the English govern orate on the platform of the old port, the Church of the Ascension or just explore the village by strolling through the narrow streets and admiring the traditional architecture being combined with the green landscape.
Loggos small picturesque village is located at a distance of five kilometers from Gaios and is built among pine and olive trees. It is worth visiting for the church of the Life Giving Fountain, for the taverns and of course for the fjord-shapped beaches. The other main village, Lakka, is at the northern headland of the island and there you will find the stone lighthouse which was built in 1832, with a height of 36 meters and rises 108 meters from sea level.
Except from the three main villages, there are quaint villages not only in the north side but also in the areas nearby Gaios, where among olive groves – the trademark of Paxi – there is a different, more peaceful routine. Neighborhoods like Magazia, Velianitika, Bogdanitika, Vlachopoulatika make you feel like a local by exploring them. While almost every corner you find a church.
And when is the time to meet the clear blue water of the Ionian sea, you will have to choose among many small beaches of the islands; Giana, Soulanena, Balos, Agia Marina, in Moggonisi, Cloni Gouli, Kamini, Kaki Langada, the Salt, Kipiadi, Marmaria, Levrehio, Glyfada, Monodendri, Arkoydaki, Orkos , Kanoni, Harami, Planos, Ahai, Avlaki, and Galazio just in Paxi and in Antipaxi the magnificent beaches with the crystal waters of Vrika, Voutoumi and the more isolated Rodovani and Sarakiniko.
There is no better way to see all the beaches on the island but to make the tour of it with a boat. Not only you will see underwater caves, small bays and the famous tripito arch, but also you will admire the fjord-shaped coastline and swim in crystal blue waters. If you wish to explore and fully enjoy the natural beauty of the islands, most especially Antipaxos, you have to rent aboat from a local who knows the best spots and can guide you very well. You can find more information in here and here.