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Paxos & Antipaxos
blessed by peace and tranquility
In the crystal clear green-blue waters of the Ionian Sea, a few miles to the south of Corfu, lie the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, a small paradise of the Eptanisa. Islands where time and water have left vivid marks on their reefs, creating unexplored caves. Islands full of warm-hearted and hospitable locals. Islands with 65 chapels and 300,000 olive trees. Islands with a unique, unrivaled sunset, just made for truly relaxing holidays.
Paxos' history is very similar to that of Corfu. There was a period of Venetian rule between the 14th and 18th century, that decisively changed the face of Paxos. During that time the land was planted with olive trees. The houses and streets and the fortress, on the small isle of Agios Nikolaos, built by Venetians, nowadays offer visitors a chance to witness some fine architectural examples from the past. Paxos is blessed by nature, which has gifted it with a unique coastal formation of coves, bays, grottoes and desserted beaches.
Paxos is the smallest island in the Ionian, measuring some 25 sq.km.. A haven for all nature-lovers, the island features trekking opportunities, unique colourful sunsets and a seemingly endless array of romantic coves just waiting to be explored. Gaios, the capital is a beautiful tiny harbour with authentic taverns, shops and small boats that take visitors to the neighbouring isles of Agios Nikolaos, Panagia and Antipaxos. The town boasts some 800 inhabitants. It succeeds in emanating its past architectural splendour, with most of its old buildings and homes intact. The same feature characterises the other three villages on the island, Magazia, Logos and Lakka. Interesting frescoes can be found in the church of Agion Apostolon, a windmill and the ruins of the Venetian Fortress built in 1423 AD on Agios Nikolaos islet, and the Monastery of Virgin Mary on Panagia islet (not to be missed).
Logos (6 km from Gaios) with some 200 inhabitants, is a very picturesque village immersed in olive and pine trees with an almost untouched traditional lifestyle. It offers visitors the chance to savour some authentic island cuisine. A visit to the churches of Zoothochou Pigis and Agios Nikolaos with their interesting frescoes and the old Oil-Press is well worth it.
The village of Lakka (8,5 km from Gaios) with some 400 inhabitants, features a somewhat more developed tourist infrastructure by the sea. The Byzantine church of Ypapantis and the Grotto attract almost every visitor.
Visitors who appreciate splendid beaches, olive-groves and vineyards, should sail across to Antipaxos, whose golden sandy beaches in Vrika and Vantoumi are some of the finest in the Ionian. Fresh fish and local wine are simply a must for every connoisseur.
Transport: how to reach Paxos island
Directly from Italy: by sea:
a) catamaran from Brindisi (tel: +39-831-562043)
b) ferry-boat from Brindisi (tel: +39-831-528531 -533, fax: +39-831 526872).
Ferries also arrive from Corfu island, Igoumenitsa, Parga and Pireus.