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Getting to Paxos
THE ISLAND OF PAXOS
Paxos lies in the Ionian Sea just nine miles south of
Corfu and can easily be reached from the UK and
elsewhere in mainland Europe. It is just eight miles
long and two miles wide and has, for the most part,
escaped the effects of mass tourism. It is a really
beautiful and relatively hilly island, most of which is covered in olive and
cypress trees, and which has just three main villages,
all of which have retained their traditional Greek
charm. There are roads, but
not too many cars, there is a bus and there are taxis,
but the island is an explorer’s paradise. Paxos is one
of the greenest islands in Greece, even in mid-summer,
and this is one of the many factors that attract so many
people. Spring on the island is particularly colourful with many
wild flowers and migrating birds.
The main village is
in the south of the island
and this is where the hydrofoil and car ferries arrive. Gaios boasts a very attractive seafront
where many yachts and small boats are moored. It has a
wide range of shops, many tavernas and bars, a bank and
a couple of ATMs.
In the north of the island is the village of
Lakka and its
idyllic bay, which is a haven for elegant yachts in the
evenings. Again, Lakka has a number of tavernas and bars. It also boasts what is almost a sandy beach,
which is very rare on Paxos.
The smallest of the three main villages is
which is situated on the East Coast between Gaios and
Lakka. It is a small fishing village which is still very
quiet and peaceful but wakes up in the evenings. The
views over Loggos harbour across to the mainland of
Greece are wonderful.
In addition, there are a few very small
on the island, most of which are really no more than
hamlets. The main ones are Magazia and Fontana.
Around the Island
- The West Coast of the island is known as the 'wild
coast', as it faces the open-sea. It has cliffs, caves
and grottos and can only be accessed by boat. The East
Coast, on the other hand, is usually very calm and is
perfect for swimming and boating. It comprises shingle
beaches all the way from Lakka right down to the
southern tip. These beaches make the sea look so clear
and inviting and are wonderful for snorkelling and
diving. Many are also backed by wonderful olive groves;
there are over 200,000 olive trees on the island.
To the south of Paxos is the island of Anti Paxos, where the
wonderful sandy beaches are amongst the best in the
whole of Greece!
Getting Around - The best way to see Paxos is on foot and
there are many lovely walks, both along the coast and
through the olive groves. Public transport is provided
by an air-conditioned coach which runs around the island
several times a day linking the main villages and there
are also a number of taxis available, with the taxi
drivers being quite happy to give guided tours of the
island. It is of course also possible to hire cars,
boats and scooters, and we are able to book
Getting to Paxos – Although most visitors to Paxos arrive via
Corfu, there are many different ways of getting here.
For full details of all the options, please see
‘Getting to Paxos’.
Accommodation on Paxos –
There is a fair selection of accommodation for rent on
Paxos, both in the main coastal villages of Gaios, Lakka
and Loggos, as well as in the more secluded rural areas.
Most of the accommodation is in villas and apartments,
which range from the relatively simple to the truly
luxurious, and there are only two hotels of any size on
are looking for
holiday accommodation on Paxos, then do have a
look at the wide selection of rental properties
on offer from specialist tour operator,
Travel à la
carte. Travel à la carte's properties are mostly in and around Loggos and they range from studios, apartments
and one-bedroom villas with private pools for
couples to four-bedroom villas and adjacent
properties that can be combined to accommodate
families and larger groups.
We have first hand knowledge of all these properties, so
contact us to discuss the options.