Paxos



Paxos is the smallest of the main Ionian Islands. It has an area of only 19 km˛. It is densely populated though. Approximately 5000 people call the island their home. Paxos is situated a few kilometers south of Corfu. The main settlement with almost 2000 people living there is Gaios.

Paxos is most popular with hikers. That is a bit of a surprise considering the amount of people living there. The rather large number of inhabitants is compensated up by the almost total lack of tourists. It isn't as crowded as one would think.

Paxos Island in Greece
Picture: © Netfalls - Fotolia.com

The main source of income is agricultur. The number of tourists is increasing but this (so far) hasn't changed the island too much. As one would expect farming is more or less limited to olives and grapes.

The main attraction on the island are the blue caves. Among them is the popular Ipapanti cave. The only way to get there is a boat.

There are a number of hotels and rooms to rent in Gaios. Prices are moderate. There are some places to stay in the smaller settlements like Longos and Lakka as well.

For most people the main attraction of the island is the crystal clear blue sea. Paxos is a great places for snorkeling and diving. Even better and more remote is Antipaxos a few kilometers south.

The easiest way to get to Paxos is a ferry from either Igoumenitsa on the mainland or (of course) nearby Corfu. The ferries go all year around. During summer the ferries from Patras to Italy stop here. There is no airport on the island though.

To get to Antipaxos is easy enough from Gaios. There are plenty of small cruise boats catering for day trippers. There are a few rooms to rent and a couple of tavernas on Antipaxos but most people only come for the day. The beaches on the tiny island are spectacular but it gets very quiet in the evening.



 

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