A choice of accommodation styles and a friendly, family welcome at the Ilios Hotel complete a mood of relaxation in a lovely, natural village setting on Paxos island.
A beautiful natural harbour, created by two tree-covered headlands jutting into the blue-green Ionian Sea, is the lovely setting for the Ilios Hotel, in Lakka, Paxos.
Excellent, friendly service is the aim of the family running the hotel, which has both standard rooms and self-catering studios. The traditionally-furnished, spacious rooms for two have air conditioning, a fridge, shower, satellite TV and free wifi, while the studios have a kitchenette, en suite facilities, a large courtyard and furnished patio.
Lakka is a charming, picturesque village in the north of Paxos, eight kilometres from the island’s capital Gaios, sheltered by the hills, and popular as a destination for fishermen, yacht sailors and owners of other sea-going craft. The architecture around its narrow streets shows Venetian influence, and there is more Italian taste in the cuisine offered by some of the restaurants, alongside the traditional Greek dining places, while music bars offer plenty of lively nightlife. Bus services connect Lakka with the capital and the seaside village of Logos.
Paxos and its neighbouring island, Antipaxos, are renowned for their lovely beaches, including Avlaki and pebbled Voutoumi, another in a cove setting bordered by rocks and with shallow water suitable for paddling children as well as snorkelling. Most of the islands’ beaches are secluded, and not all have sunbeds and parasols.
Among the fascinating heritage sites are Ypapanti Church at Rantatika, which offers more stunning views from the tower, and the Christian Basilica of Ayia Marina.
Olympic Rating: 3 Star
Official Rating: 3
Paxos is a friendly place, known for its beaches, and features picturesque views of the sea and islands. You'll enjoy the ample bar and dining choices, along with activities such as boating and swimming. Soak up some sunshine at Avlaki Beach and Voutoumi Beach. Make a point to see sights like Ypapanti Church and Christian Basilica of Ayia Marina. A family-friendly area, Paxos has something for everyone.