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The myth says that Poseidon wanted to create a love nest for him and Amfitriti so he hit with his trident the southern part of Corfu and created the small islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
The island of Paxos is located in the Ionian sea very close to Corfu island. The only way to get there is by boat from Corfu island or as a day excursion from Parga (Greek mainland).
Top things to do in Paxos island
Things to do in Paxos island # 1 Visit Gaios
The village of Gaios is the capital of Paxos and the central port of the island. As you enter Gaios by boat you will see two green islands. The island of Panagia and the island of St Nicholas. On the island of St Nicholas you will find a venetian fortress built using designs of Leonardo da Vinci. If you would like to visit the fortress you must take permission from the municipality.Other interesting things you could do in Gaios are stroll through the narrow roads called (kantounia) , visit the museum of Paxos and the municipal gallery.
Things to do in Paxos island # 2 Visit Loggos
The small fisherman’s village of Loggos, is a traditional Eptanisian village with stone houses and colored windows. It used to be a commercial center in the past. At one side of the port you can see the abandoned factory that used to make soap. Nowadays the picturesque village of Loggos is famous for his great restaurants.
Things to do in Paxos island # 3 Visit Lakka
Lakka is another traditional village on the north side of Paxos island. It has a more cosmopolitan air since you will see a lot of yachts. There is also a yachting club in the area. Other interesting things are the lighthouse and the church of Ypapanti. They are both within walking distance from the village.
Things to do in Paxos island # 4 Make a boat tour around the island
Another interesting activity on the island of Paxos is doing a tour around the island. The coastline of Paxos is quiet impressive and you will have the chance to see a lot of caves and swim in pristine beaches with turquoise waters that can only be reached by boat.
Things to do in Paxos island # 5 Visit the Antipaxos island
There are a lot of boats leaving the port of Paxos and going to the beautiful small island of Antipaxos with the white sand beaches and turquoise waters. You can easily spend the whole day there.
Things to do in Paxos island # 5+1 Walk around the island
If you are nature aficionado Paxos is the place to be. It has a lot of walking paths through olive groves where you will see old villages and churches. You could walk on the west coast and visit Tripitos an impressive stone arch, see the dramatic white cliffs of Erimitis and visit the deserted village.
Even though Paxos island is small, there are many things you can do and see.
Have you ever been to the Greek islands of Paxos and Antipaxos? What did you enjoy the most?