Holidays In Paxos
Paxos Holidays at a glance
Three hours by sea from Corfu is this amazing haven of peace and beauty. Paxos is a tiny island, approximately seven miles long by three miles wide, with over 30 white pebbly beaches and crystal clear blue sea. There is a series of enchanting coves along the east coast best explored by boat. An island of outstanding beauty, its unhurried way of life offers ideal holidays to those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Who goes to Paxos?
Paxos holidays are perfect for those wanting to experience a traditional Greek island unspoilt by mass tourism. Unlike many of the Greek island Paxos holidays are very relaxing because of the laid back lifestyle and simple tourist facilities.
Key Facts - Paxos
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportCorfu (CFU) - Boat Transfer to Paxos
Paxos Holidays - Destination Profile
Gaios is the capital village of Paxos and main harbour. The village was named after St Gaios, a disciple of St Paul. It has a variety of shops, tavernas and restaurants and the atmosphere in the evening is quite lively during the high season. Just across the water lies Aghios Nikolaos, with it's old Venetian castle, perfect if you want to leave Gaios on a day trip and go exploring!
There are a series of enchanting coves along the east coast best explored by boat. An island of outstanding beauty, its unhurried way of life offers ideal holidays to those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
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Holidays in Paxos - Things to see
Lakka lighthouse - Take a stroll to this landmark for one of the best sunsets in the Ionian.
Paxos Museum - Learn about the life and history of Paxos. You will find fossils, pottery from the Classical period and guns from the Venetian period. It is located on the south side of the harbour of Gaios.
The islet of Panayia (Virgin Mary) - A splendid white monastery is situated on this islet. The Church of the Blessed Virgin Odigitria was built in 1510. On the 15th August, Assumption Day the gates of the monastery are open and people travel across by boat to the monastery to pay homage.
The Olive press Museum - Original surviving stone olive press in a rural setting. The owner's family will demonstrate a working olive press and this olive oil is for sale. Located on the main road between Gaios and Lakka
Paxos Caves - Series of large sea caves, the largest of which hid Allied submarines during the second world war.
The early Christian Church of Agia Marina - In Porto of Ozia.
Things to do on a Holiday in Paxos
Trekking independently or on an organised tour. Discover deserted villages, ancient olive groves and spectacular scenery.
Watersports - Scuba and snorkeling, self drive boats, water skiing and other water sports.
Walking tours (guided) These are available on the northern and southern areas of the island, and recommended in order to experience the scenic landscape that you would not be able to find unaccompanied.
Parga Sail to mainland town of Parga. A beautiful harbour town with an abundance of fish tavernas.
Old Paxos Guided tour of the old town with a visit to the oldest surviving olive press and cheese making farm in the Ionian.
Scuba diving Discover the rich underwater world of the Med.
We advise that you confirm your place in these and other days and nights out at the Welcome Get Together on the day after your arrival. Places are limited.
Eating/Drinking During Paxos Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Paxos Holidays
Boat: The best way to get around is by motor boat, allowing you to discover the numerous remote beaches of the east coast. The fabulous sandy beaches of Anti-Paxos, the tiny sister island of Paxos, are best and most easily reached by the express sea taxis from Gaios. There is no doubt that this is the best and most fun way to discover the delights of the island.
Bus: Paxos is small enough to explore quite easily on foot. However, the island has its own bus service linking the main village of Gaios with the other two harbours of Loggos and Lakka.
Car: Except in high season there are relatively few cars and only a handful of taxis.
Paxos Holidays Shopping
Great buys when taking holidays in Paxos include:
- Quality pottery
- Leather goods
- Olive oil
- Feta cheese.
Holidays in Paxos - Beaches
Paxos has superb white beaches and turquoise blue sea. Gaios boasts a sandy beach on the southern tip of the island at Mogonissi. Enchanting coves along the east coast are best explored by boat.
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