If you want peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, unspoiled beaches, wonderful walks, fantastic accommodation, friendly locals and excellent food then the Ionian island of Paxos is for you.

We fell in love with island and its people 25 years ago. It is a place that has captured our hearts and a destination to which we return each year. If you ask us why we keep going back to Paxos, we can’t really say… there is just something special about the island; a feeling of a belonging that you get as soon as you set foot on the shore.

Loggos, Paxos

Loggos, Paxos

 

The island has three main villages, Gaios, Loggos and Lakka.

Gaios is the main harbour on the island and the pretty town square, located to one the side of the port, attracts locals and visitors with its bars, tavernas and shops. It is easy to while away the time here watching people come and go. Our favourite taverna in Gaios is away from the port and called “Carnayo”.

Lakka is the second largest village on the island and with its almost circular harbour and crystal clear seas, framed by green and silver olive trees, it is an artist’s delight. Our favorite café in Lakka is called “Fanis” – their iced coffee is the best on Paxos.  There are many excellent restaurants on the waterfront and in the centre of the village. Our preferred restaurant, in the centre of the village, is the always popular is “Nionios” (reservations recommended) where the owner takes all diners into the kitchen to show them his produce and menu before you decide what to eat.

Loggos is the smallest and most attractive fishing village on Paxos and possibly the place that we are the fondest. It is unspoiled, picturesque and relaxing.  The handful of restaurants here are all excellent, but we always have an aperitif before dinner in “Roxy Bar” next to the bakery before deciding where to eat.

If you have never been to Paxos before, be sure to head to Erimitis to watch the sunset. The views are dramatic, uninterrupted and just waiting to be photographed.

Our other recommendations would be Monandendri Beach, which has a large swimming pool and sunbeds both by the pool and on the pebble beach. All sunbeds are free of charge as long as you buy a drink from the excellent taverna by the beach, the food there is really first class too.

There are many walking trails and water activities on the island if you need them, but we find exploring the island and relaxing by the pool or the sea is all we need. Roll on next year!

Paxos

Paxos

John and Angela, regular clients of GIC The Villa Collection.