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Out and about around Paxos

GUIDE TO THE IONIAN ISLANDS

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Village life

Gaios, Loggos and Lakka are the three largest villages on Paxos and each has its own distinct charms. 

Gaios, the main port of entry, has a buzzing atmosphere in the summer months and quite an Italian feel, a hangover from the island’s Venetian days. Two islets guard the entrance to the harbour, making it a safe spot for mooring a boat. The smaller is home to a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which opens up to the general public for the festivities of the Assumption on 15th August. The larger features the remains from an early 15th century Venetian fortress. Gaios is a great place to rent a boat for the day, while for landlubbers there is a beach, plenty of tavernas and bars spilling out onto the streets, and a good selection of shops and boutiques.

Loggos, on the northeast coast, and Lakka, at the northern tip, are small, picturesque little harbours wrapped around their own bays. Life in both revolves around beaches and seafront tavernas and bars, and it is easy to while away hours just staring out to sea in such idyllic surroundings.


Out on the water

Renting a little rib or motor boat for the day is de rigueur on Paxos and an excellent way to get to know the island, stopping off for swims in secluded bays or even crossing to Antipaxos. Paxos is a story of two coastlines: the east is more gentle with placid waters lapping pebbly beaches, while the west has a more rugged, weather-beaten look, with dramatic white cliffs, grottoes, sea stacks and tiny islets that can only be fully appreciated from the water. 

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Exploring on foot

Paxos is criss-crossed by tracks and paths that not so long ago were used by most locals to get around. Today, walkers can take advantage of these ready-made routes and explore the island’s beautiful countryside on foot. Shady woods, fabulous sea views and sleepy villages (some of which have a taverna or bar where you can stop off for a drink or lunch) await hikers, and there’s no better way than to complete your walk with a refreshing dip in the sea. There are a few walking guides available, including “Paxos: Car Tour and Walks” by Noel Rochford.

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