Monolitharo Paxos

Traditional accommodation in Paxos island

Paxos

About Paxos

Paxos is one of the smallest islands in Greece, just about 12 km in length and with 2 thousand local inhabitants. Paxos, or Paxoi (plural in Greek) is a cluster of small islands including Paxos, Antipaxos, Mogonisi, Kaltsonisi, Agios Nikolaos, Panagia and other islets. Paxos is located in the North Ionian Sea, 7 miles from the south coast of the island of Corfu and 10 miles from the coast of mainland Greece (Epirus).

The block of islands, most notably Paxos and nearby tinier Antipaxos, are very popular among European tourists in the summer, arriving to the island in cars, boats or yachts. Deep green scenery, pebbled beaches with blue waters, sandy beaches with smaragdine waters, colourful little houses, hiking routes, snorkeling worthy seas, along with the notoriously good Greek cuisine and Mediterranean sun constitute a unique, stunningly beautiful little island.

A scenic, idyllic paradise in the middle of the Ionian sea,  Paxos is a great place for your summer holidays with friends or family. A place to enjoy sunny days, warm nights, crystal clear waters, a place to relax and recharge your batteries. Far away from the noise and misery of any city, expect an exclusive and secluded holiday.

Paxos is covered by countless, 500 year-old olive groves, as well as cypress trees and rich vegetation, whilst Antipaxos is one large vineyard. The eastern coastlines of the island are smooth, while the west coasts are bold and abrupt with remarkable natural formations: caves, arches, dome-shaped forms, sheer cliffs etc. The capital of Paxos is Gaios, a picturesque village build around a port which is protected by the two small islands of Agios Nikolaos and Panayia. At the northern tip of the island sits beautiful Lakka, whilst on the east coast nestles the picturesque village of Loggos. Apart from the endless array of charming beaches and hiking trails, other attractions include the cliffs and the caves on the wild, western coast, the numerous churches scattered around the island (the most prominent being the Church of Ypapanti near Lakka, Aghioi Apostoloi in Gaios and the ruins of Aghia Marina, an early Christian church in Porto Ozias), the old oil-mills and water cisterns, the Venetian castle of Aghios Nikolaos and the monastery of Panayia that celebrates on August 15th.   Today, Paxos has a permanent population of approximately 2,500 inhabitants, but during the summer months the island hosts thousands of visitors, day trippers and yachts.

You can find out more about history and geography of Paxos in this article.

 

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