Paxos is officially listed as one of the top ten great escapes in the world. With crystal clear waters, pretty harbors and quiet bays - Paxos is the perfect location for a quiet, restful, villa holiday.
Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian Islands, lying just 11 km from the southernmost tip of Corfu. Many visitors return year after year to Paxos to experience the intimacy of this peaceful haven, the genuine friendliness of the local Paxiots, and the captivating scenery. Paxos is covered in many olive groves intersected by dry-stone walls and paths, that often lead to a derelict villa or abandoned stone olive press. The gnarled and twisted olive trees, some of them hundreds of years old, shelter numerous species of wildflowers at their roots, while here and there, small vineyards flourish. This serene and unspoiled landscape is what makes a holiday to the island of Paxos truly memorable.
Paxos has no airport, thankfully, as this has helped keep the crowds away! Most visitors reach Paxos by flying into Corfu and then taking a ferry or hydrofoil to Gaios.
Paxos is a very small island (10km x 4km), and the distances between villages and villas, such as Loggos and Lakka are such that walking from one to the other is perfectly feasible. Walking through the ancient Paxiot olive groves, you come across more churches than you might think possible, quiet beaches and friendly locals.
Paxos does not disappoint when it comes to tavernas and local food.
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 colorful buildings that line the waterfront. Life in Gaios focuses on the harbor 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.
Loggos is one of the prettiest villages in Paxos and remains unspoiled. The tiny fishing harbor of Loggos itself is enchanting, colorful enough for any artist or photographer, with a refreshingly intimate atmosphere. Three mini-markets, a bakery with wonderful fresh bread every day and supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables brought over regularly from the mainland, make self-catering a simple matter - but who could resist the conviviality and choice of excellent food at the Loggos waterfront tavernas? Freshly-caught fish and lobster are on the menu every night and there is an attractively cosmopolitan 'buzz'. Local taxis wait for dinners to finish their meal, ready to whisk them back to their villa.
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 harbor that attracts a variety of yachts. 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. There are some excellent beaches close by, with natural shade, some with water sports and beautiful walks through the olive groves towards the 'Farros' (lighthouse) that illuminates the headland during the night, directing staying yachts into the bay.
At the southern tip of Paxos is the attractive little islet of Mongonissi, joined to Paxos itself by a short causeway. With its sandy beach and shallow, iridescent turquoise water, it is a delightful place to spend the day. There is nothing much to do but relax and contemplate the panoramic views over the clear blue sea to Antipaxos and the Greek mainland. There is a very good taverna, overlooking the sea, which is open all day and in the evening there is Greek Dancing.
Magazia is the name of a cluster of small hamlets rather than just one village. The villagers of Magazia are very friendly and live life at their own pace and their closely-knit community is undisturbed by the influences of tourism. Situated on the road linking Gaios and Lakka it is a good central starting point for exploring Paxos. There are two mini-markets, two tavernas, and one small bar, all of which retain a traditional island character. One of the nearby tavernas is especially popular in the evenings for its superb sunset views. Magazia is also the location of one of the latest archaeological finds on the island - three graves dating from the 7th century AD. It is hoped to study these more closely in the near future and discover more about the local inhabitants of the time.
Fontana is a tiny village on Paxos, just inland from Loggos. There is little more to it than a church, a shop, a kafenion, and a taverna, but its atmosphere is unchanged. It makes a good stop on a walk and there is an old olive press that just maybe still working if you pass that way in spring or early summer in a heavy crop year.
No matter the villa you are staying in on Paxos, you must find the time to rent a small motorboat. The views, cool air, and fabulous feeling make it an experience to remember and by far the best way to see the coastline of Paxos. Don't forget, anti-Paxos is just 15mins motoring from Paxos (in a 30hp boat) and that is NOT to be missed!
When planning your villa holiday in Paxos it will be pleasant to know that you will have access to a private swimming pool, AC, Wi-Fi, towels, and linen to name a few.
So, if your holiday plans include lazing and long intimate walks by the beach, visiting historic towns and mingling with local people, trying local cuisine.......then a villa holiday in Paxos is the thing to plan.
Alexander is located in Faros (Lakka) on the Greek island of Paxos. This vacation rental property is air-conditioned and sleeps up to 7 people (6 adults and 1 child) with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms along with private swimming pool and sea views. The property is walking distance to the beach and restaurants.
Dolphin House is located in Moggonisi on the Greek island of Paxos. This detached vacation rental property is air-conditioned and sleeps up to 7 people (6 adults and 1 child) with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms along with private swimming pool and sea views. The villa is walking distance to the beach.