Area 25 sq. km
very well be considered the ultimate Greek island. It may not
even be the best in any single respect, but still, combine all
the factors and you get a pretty terrific package. The island
is small, cozy and green. Very pretty to look at. It's small
villages are about as picturesque as it is possible to get.
The main town of Gaios (in the south east) set in a gorgeous
deep bay, the very small and friendly Loggos (in the north
east) and the picture perfect Lakka (in the north). Paxos is
literally covered with olive trees – a legacy of the
Venetians who introduced them over 300 years ago – and olive
cultivation remains, with summer tourism, the island’s main
form of income. Every family owns olive trees, and the oil
so-produced is amongst the best you can find. Pines and
cypresses also flourish, and lead down to the water’s edge.
Despite its size there are over 30 beaches to choose from.
Most are small and of gleaming white pebbles which shelve
gently into crystalline waters. Some can only be reached by
small motorboat, by far the best way to explore your local
coastline. Should you hanker after sand, you have only to
visit tiny Anti-Paxos a mile to the south, which has some
fabulous sandy beaches and Caribbean-hued waters. Due to the
open sea here you are not allowed to take a hire-boat over,
but there are plenty of small excursion boats which will take
population of Paxos is about 2,400. Most live in the three
main seaside villages of Lakka, Loggos and Gaios, the capital.
All have their own distinct character and charm. Lakka is at
the head of a wide bay and faces Corfu. Sleepy Loggos is the
smallest and prettiest of the three, with about 30 old houses
clustered around the waterfront. Loggos has some excellent
tavernas, a bakery and a few small shops. The nearest beach is
a five minute walk around the headland.
is the capital. Although not large, it is bigger than the
others and the most cosmopolitan. Popular with the yacht
fraternity, it has an attractive flag-stoned square, plenty of
cafιs, a number of small bars, and a good choice of
restaurants. The view of Gaios’ pretty waterfront buildings
from the island of Aghios Nikolaos across the narrow channel
is little changed since Lear painted it in the 19th century.