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THE ISLAND

Where it is:

Only nine miles south of Corfu in the Ionian Sea lies the peaceful island of Paxos. Just eight miles long by two miles wide, it is a perfect island to explore on foot. There are roads, but not too many cars, there is a bus and there are taxis, but the island is an explorerís paradise.

The Main Villages:

There are three villages on the island and a number of small hamlets. The main village in the south of the island is Gaios, and this is where the hydrofoil, car ferries and sea plane arrive. Gaios boasts a very attractive seafront with yachts and small boats moored, whilst the village has a number of shops ranging from the useful to the touristy. There are also many tavernas and bars, a bank and, for those who must always have access to their money, there are a number of ATMs.

In the north of the island you will find the village of Lakka and its idyllic bay, a haven for elegant yachts in the evenings. Again Lakka has a number of tavernas and bars and an ATM. It also boasts what is almost a sandy beach, which is very rare on the island.

The smallest of the villages on the island is Loggos, which is situated on the coast between Gaios and Lakka. This small fishing village is still very quiet and peaceful but wakes up with the tavernas in the evenings. The views over the harbour across to the mainland of Greece are wonderful.

Around the Island:

The west coast of the island is the 'wild coast' as this is the open-sea side. It has cliffs, caves and grottos and can only be accessed by boat. The east coast, on the other hand,  is often very calm and is perfect for swimming and boating. It comprises shingle and rocky beaches all along the coast from Lakka right down to the southern tip. These beaches, although shingle, make the sea look so clear and inviting and are wonderful for snorkelling. Many are also backed by wonderful olive groves, as there are over 200,000 olive trees on the island (or so weíre told!).

To the south, for those who would like the change offered by a beautiful sandy beach, is the island of Anti Paxos. Its wonderful sandy beaches are amongst the best in the whole of Greece!

Flora and Fauna:

On the island we boast a very colourful Spring with wild flowers and migrating bird life, and the greenness of the island lasts all year. Paxos is actually one of the greenest islands in Greece, which is one of the many factors that attract people to her!

How to Get Here:

By air - The main way to get to Paxos is via Corfu and you can either fly direct to Corfu or via Athens, depending on the time of year and your departure location. There are regular direct flights to Corfu from the UK and most of Europe between May and October. From Corfu there are then car ferries which go via Igoumenitsa on the mainland, are very cheap but take four to five hours, there is the Flying Dolphin (hydrofoil) which only takes one hour, and there are sea taxis which take between one and one and a half hours.

There is now also the sea plane from Gouvia Bay on Corfu to Paxos, which takes less than 10 minutes. This sea plane also connects Corfu with Ioannina and Patras on the Greek mainland and with Brindisi in Italy.

You can also come to Paxos overland by bus from Athens or alternatively fly to Preveza and come over from Parga in the summer months.

By land and sea - The other way to get to Paxos is by car. You will need to allow three or four days for the journey which can take you through France, Switzerland and Italy, through Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy, or any other route you like! You can get car ferries to Igoumenitsa on the mainland opposite Paxos from Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindisi, so you can plan your trip with a cruise at the end. From Igoumenitsa itís then just a quick hop across to Paxos on another car ferry (a much smaller one!).

WHERE TO STAY:

Bringing Your Pet:

Pet Passports are now available in the UK and make it fairly simple for you to also bring your pet. If you would like to know how this works, contact Chris Griffiths, who has made the trip without any problems with Sasha, his long-haired German Shepherd Dog. In fact no one in Europe was interested! Pet passports are a great break-through!

THE ISLAND'S VILLAGES:
Loggos, Gaios, Lakka, Fontana & Magazia

LOGGOS

Of the three main villages on the island of Paxos, Loggos is the smallest. A small fishing harbour with a pretty jetty, the location is idyllic. The number of photographs taken of this small village must be immense and it has also provided the perfect location for filming traditional Greek scenes. It is a dream village on an extremely pretty island.

FACILITIES:

1. Supermarkets:
There are a number of supermarkets in the village which stock a good range of food and other everyday items.

2. Other shops:
Although there are not many shops in the village there is a bakery, a craft shop, a jewellers, gift shops and a DIY/hardware shop.

3. Tavernas:
Loggos for its size has a fair number of tavernas. They are easy to find as the village is so small and serve a wide range of different types of cuisine.

4. Bars and Kafenios:
There are a few 'bars' and kafenios in Loggos, but it is a fairly peaceful village and there is no sign of a disco.

5. Exchange:
There are no ATMs in Loggos but you can change cash or travellers cheques at one of the travel offices in the village. Most shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.

6. Churches:
There is an Orthodox church in the main square of the village.

7. Sports:
There are boats for hire from the harbour and a football pitch at the back of the village. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing are popular pastimes here, along with the most popular of all - people-watching!

8. Beaches:
There is plenty of choice here. Paxos has some lovely shingle beaches and from Loggos you can reach a number of these on foot. There is a small area for swimming in the harbour and a further very small beach on the way out towards Gaios, but the main beaches and the prettiest are tucked away. The first beach as you head south is the beautiful beach of Levrekio where there is a taverna, whilst if you carry on (by foot) you soon reach the second beach of Marmari set in a beautiful bay. After Marmari is Kipos and then the long beach of Kipiadi. All these beaches with their clear seas are excellent for swimming and snorkelling.

9. Transport:
If you donít have your own car, you can hire one so that you are free to get around as you please. Otherwise you may think about hiring a boat or a scooter. Public transport is provided by the air-conditioned coach which runs around the island several times a day linking the main villages of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. There are also a number of taxis available and the taxi drivers are happy to give guided tours. But the best way to see the island is on foot.

GAIOS

Gaios is the main village on the island and it is where most of the shops and services are located. The post office, the electricity offices, the telephone (OTE) office, the council buildings, and the tax office are all here in Gaios.

It is also the centre for communications, especially in the winter, as the harbour is where the hydrofoil and ferries arrive and leave from. It is also the place the sea plane lands, whilst the sea taxis leave from the square.

Gaios has a very pretty little square which is quite unusual in that one side of the square is actually the sea!

FACILITIES:

1. Supermarkets:
There are many supermarkets in the village which stock a good range of food and other everyday items.

2. Other shops:
There is a wide variety of clothes, DIY, gardening etc shops and Gaios is the main shopping centre on the island. Other shopping is done on Corfu or the mainland.

3. Tavernas:
There is a vast range of tavernas and fast-food places in Gaios located in the square, around the town and along the front.

4. Bars & Kafenios:
Around the square and along the front are a number of bars and kafenios.

5. Exchange:
There is a bank and a couple of ATMs in Gaios. Most shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.

6. Churches:
There is an Orthodox church in the square and a number of others around the rest of the village.

7. Sports:
Boat hire and the usual watersports are on offer but there is also a good football pitch on the road to Magazia where the local Paxos team plays every other Sunday in the winter.

8. Beaches:
The main area for swimming for people from Gaios is Anti Paxos with its wonderful sandy beaches, but there is a town beach and, if you hire a boat, you can get to a number of other beaches in the area.

9. Transport:
If you donít have your own car, you can hire one so that you are free to get around as you please. Otherwise you may think about hiring a boat or a scooter. Public transport is provided by the air conditioned coach which runs around the island several times a day linking the main villages of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. There are also a number of taxis available and the taxi drivers are happy to give guided tours. But the best way to see the island is on foot.
 

LAKKA

Lakka is the second village of Paxos and boasts a beautiful and very popular harbour for yachts visiting the island. It is also a popular destination for people who like a bit more nightlife than that available in Loggos, without having discos or too much of it.

FACILITIES:

1. Supermarkets:
There are a number of supermarkets in the village which stock a good range of food and other everyday items.

2. Other shops:
Although there are not a great number of shops in the village, there is a bakery, a number of craft and clothes shops, a jewellers and a few tourist shops selling various souvenirs of Paxos.

3. Tavernas:
Lakka has a number of tavernas, mostly Greek, but there are some Italian restaurants and others offering a fair selection of different types of cuisine.

4. Bars & Kafenios:
There are a number of bars and music bars staying open until late in Lakka for those who want some nightlife.

5. Exchange:
There is an ATM in Lakka and you can change cash or travellers cheques at one of the travel offices in the village. Most shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.

6. Churches:
There is an Orthodox church in the village.

7. Sports:
There are boats for hire from the harbour whilst swimming, snorkelling and fishing are popular pastimes here, along with the most popular of all - people-watching!

8. Beaches:
Lakka has a couple of lovely beaches, one with watersports. Whilst other beaches on Paxos are shingle, the one in Lakka is actually sandy once you are in the sea making it very popular for younger children. It also shelves gradually and therefore is much safer than many.

9. Transport:
If you donít have your own car, you can hire one so that you are free to get around as you please. Otherwise you may think about hiring a boat or a scooter. Public transport is provided by the air-conditioned coach which runs around the island several times a day linking the main villages of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. There are also a number of taxis available and the taxi drivers are happy to give guided tours. But the best way to see the island is on foot.

FONTANA

By far the smallest of the villages covered in this section is Fontana. It only really boasts a very pretty church, a good taverna and a kafenio which also acts as a shop and bakery.
It is well situated for exploring the island as it is fairly central and is located on the road from Gaios to Loggos.

There are roads from the village leading down to the beaches below and perhaps one of the most popular of Paxiot beaches, that of Kaki Legada, is not far away down the very steep hill past the reservoir on the road to Gaios and the harbour.

There are no places to exchange money here and no real signs of the 21st century (or even the 20th) which is one of its main attractions.

It is a pretty village with some lovely walks and properties and is worth exploring if you have time.

MAGAZIA

Magazia is really a hamlet rather than a village but it does have a mini-market and a couple of tavernas, along with a bar. There is really just one road, the road linking Gaios and Lakka that passes through the village, but you can also get to the west coast which is popular in the evenings for the sunset.

Magazia is also the location of one of the latest finds on the island - three graves dating from pre 600AD. Hopefully these will one day be studied and we will find out more about them.

The village is a good central location for exploring the whole island as nowhere is far from here, whether it be the beaches of the east coast, the wild scenery of the west coast or the other villages of Gaios, Lakka, or Loggos.


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