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PAXOS ISLAND

Paxos the smallest of the Heptanese or Ionian islands as they are more commonly known is located nine miles from its nearest neighbouring island Corfu and only ten miles from the Greek mainland.  Its unique geographical position has over the centuries led to diverse cultural influences, Byzantine to Venetian to British.  In modern times Paxos has become a popular holiday destination but avoiding the mass tourism of some of the other Ionian Islands due to the fact that the nearest airport is on Corfu, a short transfer by boat away.  This has allowed the island to maintain its character, charm and seclusion.  A very off the map experience. 

There are three main centres of population on the island.  Lakka to the North, a small town sitting on a natural sea lagoon.  Loggos, the smallest of the three is an intimate village situated further down the east coast of the island as is Gaios the largest town and the capital of the island.  All three are well appointed with café bars, restaurants and shops and are typified by the traditional, colourful fishing boats that rest in their harbours.  The centre of the island is dotted with picturesque hamlets and villages, small communities untouched by time with local churches and traditions.  With a population of less than 3000 the Paxiots (as the islanders are known) are characteristically self-sufficient with some keeping livestock and producing their own excellent wine.  Family and community orientated they build their own houses and manage small businesses through hard work and commitment. 

The west coast of the island is largely uninhabited and has dramatic limestone cliffs that offer stunning views from the top.  They drop onto bleached white shingle beaches and large caves with crystal blue waters.  A trip round the island by boat to see them is highly recommended. 

Although Paxos is small, 7 miles long by 3 miles wide, this beautiful island offers so much more than just a sunshine holiday.  In the spring, walkers flock to the island to explore the olive groves and villages using the network of mule tracks and pathways.  An additional attraction of spring is the abundance of colourful flora and fauna that bloom across the whole island.  At dusk, fireflies illuminate the fading light with their mesmerizing display. 

The crystal clear blue waters that surround the island are stunning.  The clarity of the Ionian makes it a perfect place for snorkelling a favourite with families and scuba diving a growing activity on the island.   Paxos is famous for its multitude of secluded bays accessible only by boat.  Locals with an expert knowledge of the waters offer not to be missed trips to enjoy their beauty.   

A mile south lies Antipaxos.  This tiny island is largely uninhabited and has no local shops or holiday accommodation.  It’s most famous for its vineyards run by Paxiots producing excellent wine and its beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters.  There are two main ones to visit to relax in the sunshine both appointed with shaded tavernas offering an excellent variety of food and drink for that perfect lunch experience.  No trip to Paxos should be without a daytrip to Antipaxos.   
 
If you are in search of beauty, serenity, a charming and charismatic location that maintains its own unique sense of individuality, then look no further than Paxos.

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