Paxos, the island which Poseidon severed from Corfu, so as to create a love shelter for himself and Amphitriti, is an idyllic place, abundantly endowed by Nature.
Fabulous beaches, picturesque coves, cliffs and fascinating sea caves, age old olive trees, pine-trees, cypresses and bushes coexist in harmony along with the traditional residential area, the churches and the dry-stone walls. Numerous tourists vessels are anchored at the exceptionally beautiful bays of Paxos and also other tourists staying and relaxing in luxury villas in Paxos.
The classical Ionian architecture and the colourful houses give a different look to the whole island. The Venetian buildings, the beaches and the pretty cafes and restaurants offer a wonderful image of the island. You can also take the small boat and go to Antipaxos for swimming in the emerald waters.
It is situated seven miles north of Corfu, at a distance of eight miles from the coasts of Epirus and 12 miles away from Parga.
Gaios is the capital and a harbour of Paxos and it still retains its traditional colour and has a large influx of tourists. The isle of Agios Nikolaos is the ornament of the harbour along with the Venetian fortress, the little churches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Ioannis and a windmill. Tourist vessels leaving Gaios sail round the island and connect Paxos with its satellite Antipaxos.
Lakka, in the northern part of the island, is a picturesque holiday residential area, built at the innermost spot of an enclosed windless cove. The little port of the village is the starting point of trips to the nearby beaches.
To the south, at the eastern coasts of the island you can find Loggos, a typical village of Eptanissa, built in a picturesque bay with a beautiful beach. Loggos is renowned for its traditional tavernas.
Magazia and Ozias are two mainland villages of Paxos with several houses built of stone.
Paxos will enchant you. Its immaculate turquoise waters, its people, its lush vegetation guarantee that your summer holidays will be the most beautiful!
How to get to Paxos?
Access to Paxos:
- By ferryboat from goumenitsa: Agios Panteleimonas (North West Ferries, 2 hrs), Nireas (Orizontas N.E., two hours), Kerkyra (cooperative of Corfu ships, 1 ½ hr. ). For more information about ships at www.openseas.gr tel.2665024090
- By boat from Corfu. By Ilida II boats (N.E. Nisos Paxos, 50 minutes, information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2661049800) and Despoina (www.kamelialines.gr, 1 ½ hr.)
- by Sea Taxi (call the owner Mr Nikos Anemogiannis at 6932232072
- by coach which runs straight from Athens to Paxos (Bouas Travel, tel./26620-32401)