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Paxos

Paxos has only a few settlements, which are no more than a handful of kilometres apart, but they embody everything that is quintessentially Ionian about this gorgeous corner of Greece. This, after all, is an island just opposite Corfu where everything feels scaled down to be intimate and intensely beautiful.

The colours and architecture of the shops and houses, the quaintness of the squares and bars, the blues of the sea and even the greens of the olive trees (a different, taller variety of olive tree than those planted elsewhere in the Ionian islands by the Venetians)… You’ll feel it all with an intensity that will stay with you every bit as much as the memory of the beaches and bays for which Paxi is rightly famed.

This coast of Paxos is a wonderland of white cliffs and grottoes. By boat, you can investigate them all: the caves at Ahai, the vast grotto of Ypapanti, the cliffs at Eremitis. You’ll get your biggest surprise at Ortholithos. As its name implies, it’s an enormous rock in the shape of one of Obelix’s menhirs that rises straight out of the water.

LOGGOS
The smallest coastal settlement on the island, but no less colourful than the rest, is Loggos, with its intimate marina and a quiet little beach. Famous for its seafood, Loggos is a must for lunch or dinner, whether you’re in the mood for something traditional or gourmet. Boats also leave from here for day tours around Antipaxi. And a final tip is to follow your nose to the bakery in the port, where you can buy snacks and fuel up for more exploring.

GIAOS
The main settlement of Paxos has retained all of its identity as a charming little fishing port. Its coastal road overlooks colourful fishing boats and overflows with cafes and tavernas serving the island’s lucky visitors and 500-odd permanent residents. There’s a wonderful contrast between the traditional 19th century buildings and little alleyways and the cosmopolitan crowds mooring their yachts and sailing boats here. You’ll especially like the colourful touches of shop and bar owners and there’s a good Folklore Museum. A special tip is to visit the islet of Agios Nikolaos opposite the entrance to the port, where you’ll find the ruins of a Venetian fortress and a chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

LOGGOS
The smallest coastal settlement on the island, but no less colourful than the rest, is Loggos, with its intimate marina and a quiet little beach. Famous for its seafood, Loggos is a must for lunch or dinner, whether you’re in the mood for something traditional or gourmet. Boats also leave from here for day tours around Antipaxi. And a final tip is to follow your nose to the bakery in the port, where you can buy snacks and fuel up for more exploring.

 

 

 

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