This charming town occupies a beautiful waterfront location. Gaios is packed with local culture and represents the focus of island life, with bustling little streets leading from the main square. Here you will find a great variety of traditional restaurants, tavernas and a variety of shops. A great way to pass a laid-back afternoon is to relax and enjoy a drink in one of the cafés by the harbour front gazing out over the glittering blue waters. From here, you can also enjoy boat trips to the idyllic neighbouring island of Antipaxos, with its lush scenery and vineyards.
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Offering a wide choice of local dishes such as moussaka, beef stifado, pastitsatha, bourthetto and bourou-bourou to name a few. As well as traditional well-known dishes including Greek salad with feta cheese and dolmades.
Although many of the restaurants and tavernas here serve traditional Greek food, Italian dishes are also becoming increasingly popular in Gaios.
Just off the harbour road there is a new pedestrianised flag-stoned square that is home to lots of outdoor cafes and bars; the perfect place to relax on a warm summers evening. If you fancy something a bit more lively then there are two night clubs on the edge of town, Phoenix and Castello.
Gaios town is filled with little shops and boutiques, in particular, clothing and jewellery – and it can be picked up at very reasonable prices too.
From Gaios you can get a boat to Corfu and Parga (mainland Greece) and there are also regular speed boat trips to the island of Anti Paxos with its stunning beaches and pale white sand.
The cliffs of Mousmouli are situated on the south west coast of Paxos and they can be reached on foot from Gaios. The Tripitos arch is the main attraction here. It is a stunning, natural arch that spans across an inlet of sea, which can be crossed on foot.
On St. Nicholas island there are two small churches, St. Nicholas and St. Ioannis. There is also an old Venetian fort built in 1423 that protected the area here for many years.
There is an orthodox church situated in the village square within Gaios and there are several others throughout the village.
Paxos is the perfect place for walking, many of the donkey tracks cover the many olive groves, orchards and deserted churches scattered all over the island with the olive trees offering shade when needed. There are books on sale that describe many of the walks from simple to more adventurous and the island can be covered from Gaios to Lakka in a day.
There are several scuba diving centres based in and around Gaios and around 20 diving sites spread out around the island. Depending on experience a variety of dives are offered.
Small boats are available for hire so you can explore the island and visit Anti-Paxos.
Speed boat, Sail boats, Snorkelling
Labour Daylocal event
Labour Day is a public holiday across Greece and is celebrated with dining al fresco and gathering spring flowers which starts off the Festival of Flowers. Many shops will close on this day but the restaurants will still be open, expect parades and other celebrations which tourists can join!
The Union of Ioni...local event
The Union of Ionian Islands with Greece is officially celebrated here on 21st May when schools, armed forces, fire departments, and other organisations parade in Corfu Town, accompanied by the bands of the City, and in the presence of local dignitaries. About ten days later, usually at the first Sunday of June, the annual Achillian race takes place, a semi-marathon in which anyone can participate regardless of sex or age. The route passes through the villages of the municipality and is about 21km long finishing in the village of Benitses, where the awards and medals are presented. Following the event, there are performances by local dancers, singers and musicians.
Last Saturday of ...local event
The last Saturday of July is celebrated with Neroladia (free food) at the square of Gaios. There is also lots of traditional music and dancing for locals and tourists alike.
The Assumption of...local event
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a very important religious festival held on Panagia Island by Gaios harbour with an abundance of feasting and dancing.
Assumption of the...national event
On the 15th August every year, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Villages are decorated, festivals are held, traditional dances are staged and there is a generally a great festive atmosphere.
Paxos Music Festivallocal event
This festival lasts about 2 weeks from end of August to early September and features both Greek and international musicians playing mostly classical pieces from around the world.
Birthday of the V...local event
The Virgin Mary’s birthday is celebrated throughout Greece with religious services and much feasting.
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