Paxos the jewel of the Ionian Sea
A lovers hideout which was chosen by the ancient gods (Poseidon – Amphitrite) and also by other great people of history (Cleopatra – Mark Anthony) to live their love surrounded by all shades of green from the thousands of olive trees, cypress trees and pine trees and by all shades of blue from the crystal clear sea with its beaches and small bays on the one side and steep cliffs, graphic caves and enormous rocks on the other.
Traditional villages, old-fashion mansions, water tanks built by the Venetians, forgotten churches and thousands of meters of stone walls cause awe and admiration.
The Paxos group of islands and islets consist of Paxos, Anti-paxos, Mogonisi, Kaltsonisi, Panagia, St. Nicholas and Dascalia.There are three small and romantic fishing villages: Gaios, Loggos and Lakka.
There are frequent ferries from Corfu, Parga and Italy to Paxos.
Despite its proximity to Corfu it has succeeded in retaining its distinctive character. Paxos is blessed by nature, which has gifted it with a unique coastal formation of cove bays, grottoes and quite beaches. Every hill is carpeted with terraced olive groves planted by venations, six centuries ago. According to mythology, Neptune created this beauty with the strike of his trident, when in need of a place to hide his godly women friends. Where is Paxos?
Gaios : is the capital of Paxos and is the largest harbour on the island
Along the harbour front and behind the square there are a number of small shops. There is a mixture of both clothing and souvenir shops.
There are mini-markets in Gaios selling a selection of provisions they normally close for siesta between 2pm and 6pm. Fresh bread is also available here, with a choice of two bakeries. These are usually open from 08.00 20.00, seven days a week but, as with all things Greek, the times of opening may alter!Apart from being a picture postcard village, Gaios is a working fishing port and as such has an authentic, rather than a commercial feel. Although not cheap, a benefit of this is the wonderful fresh fish served in the restaurants less often the case than you would imagine elsewhere in the Mediterranean!
Lakka : is the second largest of the three main villages on Paxos.
Is former fishing village which has become a popular holiday centre
With a stunning natural harbour famous for aquamarine water.
Lakka has two main beaches; one a white pebbled beach called Kanoni and a sandy beach called Harami that is popular with young families.
favorite stopping point for sailing boats Lakka retains the intimate Paxiot charm of ots narrow streets and secluded squares
Loggos : is a tiny unspoilt fishing village that lies on the middle east coast of Paxos.
The village waterfront plays host to balconies cozy cafe bars fishing boats and Visiting yachts traditional tavernas and small tourist shops
Secluded beaches and coves surrounded by olev and cypress trees can be found on either side of Loggos port.
There are three mini-markets in Loggos selling a selection of provisions; they normally close for siesta between 2pm and 6pm. The mini markets offer a delivery service. There is also a bakery along the waterfront selling fresh bread, pastries and local sweets, this is usually open from 08.00-20.00, seven days a week but, as with all things Greek, the times of opening may alter! Loggos has a good range of Tavernas, cafes and bars located along the waterfront and also set back on the side streets.
Apart from being a picture postcard village, Loggos is a working fishing port and as such has an authentic, rather than a commercial feel, a benefit of this environment is the wonderful fresh fish served at tavernas!
There are five taxis on the island Numbers listed below
CHRISTOS +30 6977 472747
TASOS +30 6976 648486
HARIS +30 6974 135660
NIKOS +30 6984220011
KOSTAS +30 6974 002236
The green bus system KTEL, belongs to the national company ?Kratiko Tamio Ellinikon Leoforion and covers the whole island. Buses radiate from Gaios and link the capital with Loggos and Lakka. Tickets can be paid for once on board. Though timetables are posted up in certain areas these do tend to be a guide only to the actual time the bus turns up. Do be prepared to wait.
There are two petrol stations on the island, one located 500m out of Gaios(BP) & the other in Magazia (Shell).
They are closed during siesta and on public holidays! Early & late season they may close.
Please note credit cards are not accepted.
Post Office (ELTA)
The post office in Gaios is open from 9.00 1.30pm, Monday to Friday. Facilities include selling telephone cards as well as the traditional functions of a post office. Internet Facilities.
If you detect a fire of any sort & cannot extinguish it yourself. 0030 26620 31657
There is a medical centre situated on the main Gaios to Lakka road (coming from Gaios, 350m before the football pitch on the right) There are3 doctors & trained medical staff there & also a Paediatrician & dentist.
Tel no 0030 26620 31466
USEFUL NUMBERS :
POLICE STATION : 0030 2662032207 PORT AUTHORITIES: 0030 2662032259
SEA TAXIS : NIKOS : 0030 6932232072 – ANDREAS: 0030 6977629033 – TASOS : 0030 6944832964
Paxos Population: 2,500
Location of Paxos: Ionian Islands, North-West Greek Coast (39°12′N 20°10′E)
Paxos Island Size: 30km² (10km Long and 4km Wide)
Highest Point on Paxos: 215m
Coastline of Paxos: 22 km
Number of Beaches on Paxos: 25 (Sandy and Shingle)
Language Spoken on Paxos: Greek (English commonly spoken)
Parts & things to do on Paxos that you simply shouldn’t miss
Stunning fishing village full of restaurants & bars (all of them are great so try them all) Mini markets & the best place for Boat excursions – Boat rental – Sailing dinghies – Scuba – Ski – Canoe – Kayak available from “Paxos Thalassa Travel Boat & Fun Center” http://paxos-holidays.gr/travel/index.php .
Money exchange at “Paxos Thalassa Travel” office. Free municipality wifi
Horseshoe harbour with a sailboat crowd, teaming with good restaurants & bars,venture into the back streets for the undiscovered “locals” restaurants, supermarkets, money exchange & boat rental available. Free Municipality wifi
Paxos’ capital village, with a bustling main square, 3-4 supermarkets, postoffice,2 banks (2 ATM’s), Pharmacy, boat hire. Free Municipality wifi & also in cafesCountless restaurants & bars & gift shops. Paxos Museum.
In the centre of Paxos main Gaios to Lakka road. Small unspoilt Kafenion “Bournaos” (not to be missed, step back 50yrs) & several mini markets
Sleepy & leafy inland village with 2 tavernas & a mini market, a wonderful discovery. Go for dinner one night.
A trip to Paxos isn’t complete without a visit to one of the sunset bars.
Erimitis: The swankier/trendier of the two with modern menu & cocktails. Take the road opposite the Shell Petrol station on the Gaios side of Magazia village. Erimitis Bar & Restaurant can be found at the end of this road
Kastanida: Kastanida sunset restaurant is the more rustic of the two, found at the start of Magazia village (Lakka end) signposted on the fence, home cooking a bit more relaxed & rustic. Try them both.
Paxos is one of the best islands in Greece for walkers. Literally hundreds of ancient donkey tracks leading through terraced olive groves & through sleepy hamlets. Buy the Ian Bleasdale walking book In our office :http://www.iankbleasdale.co.uk The endless paths through the olive groves and cypress groves but also the paths covered with stones between stone walls that lead to old villages or churches and water tanks, give the walker an impressive experience or the Sunflower book of Paxos Walks for the best routes. Bleasdale book can be bought in Paxos Thalassa Travel
DO NOT leave Paxos without at least a days boat hire. The best way to discover Paxos is by boat & it will be your best day of the holiday by far. http://paxos-holidays.gr/travel/index2.php?idField=7 Take a 30hp & venture over to AntiPaxos to its 2 beautiful sandy beaches or just potter along the coast & stop in one of the waterside villages for lunch. Mongonnissi Bay (south of Gaios) is a great spot for lunch. Gentle sandy beach ideal for kids.
“Paxos Thalassa Travel” offer you the opportunity to explore the highlights of Paxos – Antipaxos and a unique Sunset cruise all starting from Loggos. http://paxos-holidays.gr/travel/index2.php?idField=8 Visit and swim in the beautiful blue caves, take amazing photos, This is a great opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful scenery….all in one day!
PADI Dive centre
Why not arrange a dive whilst on Paxos. Paxos enjoys year round 30 metre visibility with some stunning underwater scenery & dramatic west coast caves. Even a recently discovered shipwreck on the west coast.