Idyllic and unspoilt, Paxos is a little piece of island paradise. Vast olive groves and pine trees carpet the undulating landscape, fringed by the vibrant, aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea. The peaceful and captivating countryside is interspersed by charming villages steeped in Greek atmosphere, and scattered with fascinating sites of historical and mythological interest. Only accessible by boat, Paxos is the perfect place to simply immerse yourself in the laid-back pace of local life and really get away from it all.
Wonderfully unspoilt, Paxos awaits those seeking their own Greek odyssey. Our Paxos villas are located in the charming waterfront town of Gaios, with its bustling streets and traditional eateries. It’s an island haven of olive groves, beaches and historic antiquities.
The perfect destination for spending time in the great outdoors, Paxos’ lush countryside of olive groves and cypress trees lends itself to walking or cycling. Enjoy the peace and quiet for yourself, or take the opportunity to join one of the various organised walks around the island – where you can also learn about the flora and fauna. Many different walking tracks cover the island and as Paxos is so small, it is even possible to walk from one side of the island to the other! You are sure to come across some of the fascinating old buildings on the island including many chapels, windmills and olive-presses – dotted throughout the countryside.
Steeped in history, you will find many fascinating sights all over the island. The tiny village of Ozias in the oldest settlement on Paxos, and you can also visit the sixth-century ruins of the churches of Agia Marina and Agios Stefanos nearby. Another building of note is the old monastery on Panagia islet, which can be seen from several of our Gaios villas. You can learn more about the history of the island at the interesting museum located by the harbour in Gaios, which boasts various artefacts that date back to ancient times. Olive oil production has traditionally been one of the major industries on Paxos, and you can visit the olive press museum between Gaios and Lakka.
Choose from myriad idyllic beaches all around the island to spend lazy days basking in total peace and tranquillity. Stretches of white pebble and sand shelve gently into the inviting, crystal clear waters, where you can enjoy a cooling dip. Many coves are only accessible on foot and remain quiet throughout the year. Hiring a boat is a great way to explore the best of the island’s coastline, and is often the only way to access the most remote of the island’s beaches. The neighbouring island of Antipaxos is also just a 15-minute journey by boat, and boasts two stunning sandy beaches lapped by the blue Ionian waters.
Paxos is well-known for its production of excellent olive oil (the island is covered by more than 250,000 olive trees), and as such, this is a key ingredient to many of the local dishes. You can also try delicious local seafood in the many traditional tavernas or simply purchase some freshly-caught fish to barbecue back at your villa. The famous Greek-style salad is another excellent local dish to try when you dine out, and any meal can be perfectly complemented with a glass of the wonderful wine straight from the vineyards of nearby Antipaxos.
Paxos Holidays - Points of Interest
Visit nearby Corfu, and explore historic sights, lively resorts and fine beaches.
Pick up some local pottery and exquisite jewellery in the shops in Gaios.
Explore the tiny, untouched island of Anti-Paxos, a haven of vineyards leading to white beaches and vivid waters.
Enjoy an alfresco meal at the small fishing harbour of Loggos, the picturesque backdrop favoured by film-makers.
Head to the cliffs above Ermitis Bay for fantastic sunset views.
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Scores 9.3 out of 10based on 57 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10
Out of the way, some lovely scenery, peaceful and as the island is no size at all easy to get around quickly.
As we were at the end of the season, the choice of eating venues was (perhaps understandably) limited. The museum was also closed when we wished to visit it. Not ideal for those who want a sandy beach.
Confirmed stay: 08 October 2019 Published on: 09 October 2019 7 out of 10
Pewsey Wiltshire Couple
We loved Loggos and it would have suited us better to have been there , with its more intimate vibe and beautiful beaches close by. We liked the walking opportunities. The people were friendly, even though it was the end of the season. Anti Paxos and Lakka were also beautiful. We enjoyed using the local bus.
Gaios was more commercialised and touristy than we had expected. .
Confirmed stay: 07 October 2019 Published on: 08 October 2019 10 out of 10
New Barnet Couple
Loggos is one of the most beautiful bays we have ever .been. The people were very friendly, the food excellent
The hills are VERY steep, and when it rains really rains.
Confirmed stay: 06 October 2019 Published on: 07 October 2019 10 out of 10
Loggos Lakka Night time bars in Gaios
Confirmed stay: 30 September 2019 Published on: 01 October 2019 10 out of 10
Loggos harbour is lovely. The boat trip around the island and to Antipaxos is excellent, but we found out about that ourselves.
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Confirmed stay: 30 September 2019 Published on: 01 October 2019 8 out of 10
Only a handful of small villages but very restful and well serviced with tavernas and restaurants
Some restaurants a little pricey, especially in the prime locations
Confirmed stay: 27 September 2019 Published on: 02 October 2019 10 out of 10
Beaches, sea swimming, quaint villages and quiet ambience which is hard to find these days
Lengthy transfer from Corfu
Confirmed stay: 23 September 2019 Published on: 24 September 2019 10 out of 10
The pace and atmosphere The people The cleanliness The coast and the ocean Gaios and Loggos Antipaxos Boats The number and range of bars and restaurants
Nothing we can think of
Confirmed stay: 23 September 2019 Published on: 24 September 2019 10 out of 10
Family of 4 with
Without doubt this was the nicest beach holiday we have had for many a year. Paxos is beautiful, the beaches are great. We went in Sept after the school holidays had finished so it was perhaps not as full as earlier in the summer. It has a gentle, slow pace and there are lovely places to eat.
It is quite pricey. Basically a dinner out for 4 is about the same as the UK. The poor exchange rates adds to the cost.
But apart from that there are no bad points !
Confirmed stay: 20 September 2019 Published on: 21 September 2019 10 out of 10
Having lunch/ dinner watching the boats and then a spot of shopping.
Disappointed in the welcome pack
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2019 Published on: 23 September 2019
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