Paxos seems to have jumped out of a fairytale. Gaios is the spectacularly beautiful capital and port of the island. Its neoclassical houses, tinted in fading pastel shades, are dotted amidst greenery so lush that it seems unreal.
The promenade is filled with sailboats and yachts that rock gently in the water. Sit at one of the cafes with the yachting crowds, visit the old port, the church of Analipsi and the museum, where you can learn about the island’s history. When the sun goes down, head to Laka or Logos to feast on delicious local food and sip cocktails under the stars.
Magazia and Ozias are two charming villages in the west of the island. From Magazia, you can visit Erimitis, Kastanida and Ortholithos. At Ozias you can visit the ruins of the churches Agia Marina and Agios Stefanos and the tiny islets of Mogonisi and Kaltsonisi.
The nearby islet of Antipaxos, a tiny sanctuary of breathtaking natural beauty that boasts one of the country’s best beaches, is perfect for day trips. And, of course, the island’s spectacular, crystal clear, emerald green waters make it ideal for diving and snorkelling.
Best beaches in Paxos
Antipaxi Three heavenly beaches with white sand, brilliant turquoise waters and a lush backdrop.
Erimitis An imposing bay backed by white cliffs, and renowned for its sunset views.
Galazio Accessible only by sea, this beach took its name from its brilliant blue waters.
Glyfada The waters are rich in Sulphur, leaving your skin magnificently soft after you swim.
Kaki Lagada A stunning pebbled bay with dazzling clear waters and a rich sea-life.
Kamini A beautiful pebbly bay with turquoise waters on the way from Gaios to Mogonisi.
Kipiadi The biggest beach of the island, with flat pebbles and emerald green waters.
Kloni Gouli A stunning pebbled bay with electric blue waters, bursting with greenery.
Levrechio A dreamy pebbled cove with crystal clear, emerald green waters.
Marmari A beautiful pebbled bay with turquoise waters and natural shade.
Monodendri The only organised beach on the island, with sunbeds, watersports and a beach bar.
Orkos A gorgeous bay with white pebbles, dazzling waters and trees that roll down to the seafront.