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Travelling to Paxos

Having already been to Corfu and being familiar with the airport and port, we decided Paxos was a good destination. I remember we spent the night in Corfu town in a tiny third floor room that a Greek man we had corresponded with, found us. Before turning in we inquired about ferry times and were told the ferry left in the evening. Next day we headed straight for the bus station and caught a bus to Ag. Gordhios and spent the day on the beach.
In the evening we caught the ferry to Paxos and were on our final leg of the journey. We made friends with another English couple on the boat and spent a lot of the holiday with them.

Arriving on Paxos...

I think the journey was about 3 hours and very enjoyable. First impressions of Paxos was dense greenery everywhere and hardly any buildings.
The ferry navigated the narrow passage between the islands of Panagia and Ag. Nicholas and our first sight of Giaos hove into view. An extremely picturesque arrival and we loved it!
Once off the boat we had to find accommodation, which was no easy feat. Rooms were very much in short supply so we followed a woman who told us she had accommodation. Well, it was a pokey hole in a family's house with a shower miles away and nowhere to sit out so we turned it down politely. Eventually, I don't remember how, we ended up in a modern family house in their dining room. We shared their bathroom but that was no problem. It turned out that the owner was the captain of the boat to Mongonissi Island beach. A very handsome young captain indeed!!!!

We spent days on Mongonissi beach (a man-made beach) as there were no town beaches and also caught the bus to Longos and Lakka. Here we walked to other beaches and enjoyed the beautiful scenery before collapsing in a taverna.

We also hired boats on a few days and circumnavigated the entire island as well as crossing to Anti-Paxos. The days with the boat were the highlight of the holiday on Paxos, we were independant at last and could view the wonderful caves and cliffs at our leisure. Magnificent!!

Paxos Facts....

Paxos lies to the south of Corfu, opposite Parga in western mainland Greece, in the Ionian Sea.
It is a mere 10 km. long ,4km. wide and is traversed by an 8 km. long road.
Some 300,000 olive trees grow here, making olive oil the main industry of the island. It is very verdant owing to the high winter rainfall, which is evident in the deep summer-dry river beds and lush wild flowers.
Gaios is the main port of entry and is where the ferries from Corfu and Igoumenitsa dock. Most of the island's population lives here. It is guarded by the islets of Ag. Nikolaos and Panagia where there is a Venetian Kastro built in 1423.

Lakka is the second port and village and is prettier than Gaios and Longos is the third little harbour village which is prettier still and has less tourists. A bus runs between these locations.

Boat trips circumnavigate the island where you experience the granduer of the sheer cliffs on the west coast of the island. You can also take a trip to the smaller neighbouring island of Anti-Paxos or hire a boat yourself.

Paxos has always remained popular with Italians as well as English packages now being available. Because of this and it being family holiday villa land, finding accommodation independently can be a nightmare, especially in peak season. Better to book beforehand somehow.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Compact, relatively traffic free, magnificent cliffs
  • Cons:Poor beaches, lack of independent accommodation
  • In a nutshell:Definitely a "Find" in 1982
  • Last visit to Paxoi Island: Sep 1982
  • Intro Updated Nov 23, 2005
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  • Mar 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    TIP: I am pretty sure I recognize the "Money changer" in the "Paxos equivalent to the bank" as Spyros Bogdanos, now mayor of Paxos...

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    Apr 20, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Boating on the western coast of Paxos with the magnificent cliffs & caves would be my favorite too. Gr8 tips & beautiful pictures, Thanks for sharing ! Nancy : )

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Absolutely adored the travelogue of the people! Your photographs of caves/cliffs were stunning. Enjoyed tip about Anti-Paxos.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    looking forward to being here next week - those cliffs look great

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Your page reminds me of the visit we payed to Paxos and anti-Paxos while we were sailing the Ionian sea!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    The caves are stunning with the inky waters = had laugh at Faulty Towers Tip - things do get around!!

  • Jun 5, 2006 at 5:23 AM

    I love the Paxoi islands photos!

  • XenosUK's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2005 at 10:35 AM

    Glad you found your old photos! Loggos has hardly changed at all - the photo of Alan in the boat also shows Loggos harbour.

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