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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 Villages -

The main village is Gaios 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 Loggos, 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 other villages 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 and rocky 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 car hire for you. 

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 the island. If you 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 do contact us to discuss the options.
 

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