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PAXOS ISLAND

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Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian Islands, lying just 11 km from the southernmost tip of Corfu. Just 20 sq kms (8km long and 3km wide), the island can be considered one immense olive grove.

Paxos is a charming little island and Paxos Lakka towneasily traveled and explored in a couple of days. Made for complete relaxation, a holiday on Paxos offers visitors a rare and genuine slice of the un-hurried, tranquil and traditional Greek life style. Aptly described as ‘natures little wonder’, Paxos is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the warm Ionian sunshine and forget about the stresses of every day life.

Paxos feels like a petite island with its tiny beaches, miniature villages and small, scaled-down mountains. This pretty island oozes charm and is covered in dense olive groves whose fruit is renowned for the highest quality olive oil. With just three main ports its largest is Gialos.

With no airport or bridge from the mainland like Lefkada, a boat is the only way to reach the island. Since it takes a bit of extra effort to get here, Paxos is particularly attractive to independent travelers.

Gaios is the largest of the three main villages on Paxos, and the only one that can be called a town, albeit a very small one! Gaios, the 'capital' of the island, shows its Venetian and British heritage in the colourful buildings that line the water front. Life in Gaios focuses on the harbour where in high season, awe-inspiring yachts jostle for space, along with local boats of all kinds. A super variety of Tavernas, chic boutiques and old-fashioned stores make Gaios a fascinating place to visit, with a Greek atmosphere all of its own.

Paxos Lakka town

Loggos is one of the prettiest villages in Paxos and remains unspoiled. The tiny fishing harbour of Loggos itself is enchanting, colourful enough for any artist or photographer, with a refreshingly intimate atmosphere.

Lakka lies at the head of a deep narrow bay on the north coast of Paxos. Tree-covered headlands almost enclose the bay, forming a natural harbour that attracts a variety of yachts. Paxos town The tiny village has narrow streets that all seem to end at the sea. Plants and trees spill over the walls of private local gardens. With numerous small shops, bars and tavernas with a pleasing variety of food on offer, Lakka, with its friendly locals, has a special character all of its own.

Many people visit Paxos to enjoy walking the miles of donkey paths that crisscross the island through the olive and citrus trees. Hiking on almost any trail will eventually lead down to an unspoiled cove with a sliver of beach where the warm and calm Mediterranean Sea gently laps against the shore. For other modes of transportation – car, scooter and mountain bikes are available for hire on the island and are popular ways to get around. Local buses and taxis also provide an alternative.

The beaches Paxos are small and numerous, many of which can only be reached by boat. Most of the beaches are stone, shale or pebble and all are considered safe for swimming. The beach at the village of Lakka has the most sand making it popular with families with young children. There is however another sandy beach at the south side of the island at Mogonisi.

Paxos

Even in the busiest months of July and August, it is still possible to find a quiet beach. Of course if you hire a private motor boat to explore the area, this task will be much easier. Don’t forget if the beaches get too crowded for your liking, the option of having a private pool at the villa is the perfect alternative. Spend some time alone poolside, or wander off to a beach for a swim in the cool Ionian Sea – whatever suits your fancy!

Paxos is well known not only for its fabulous olive oil, but also for its friendly locals and their hospitality. Still preserving a neighbourly feel, visitors are welcomed by an ever-present kindness of the local inhabitants. Venders often remember their customers, people stop in the streets to converse with tourists showing a real interest in the visitors to the island and generally making them feel welcome.