Paxi is the smallest of the six main Ionian islands. When you
step ashore at Gaios, the island’s little port, you'll find an
exquisite miniature world just waiting to be discovered. One of
the attractions of this island is its size; it is so tiny (10
km. long and 4 km. wide) that you can easily walk from one side
to the other. At the same time, it is so thick with grapevines
and olive trees that the whole place is like one big garden.
Along its eastern coast, just a stone’s throwaway, are the
smaller islands of Panagia, Aghios Nikolaos, Mongonissi and Kaltsonissi.
During your stay on Paxi, you will find wonderful beaches and
translucent waters, perfect for swimminig, snorkeling and
You should not miss taking a trip around the island in a motor
launch, for a look at its spectacular white cliffs, punctuated
by delightful coves and intriguing grottoes.
On the east side of the island sits Gaios, its capital and
biggest village. Its charming 19th century houses, threaded by
narrow lanes, lie at the end of a closed “fjord”, surrounded by
trees and shrubs. At the entrance to this picturesque harbour
you can make out the islets of Panagia and Aghios Nikolaos with
its Venetian castle and windmill.
Laka is a little seaside settlement with a tiny harbour, built
on a sheltered bay whose coasts are covered with olives and
pines. Its low houses are particulary distinctive, painted in
interesting shades of brown and indigo.
The grotto of Ypapanti is only 2 nautical miles from Laka by
If you should happen to be in Paxi on the 15th of August, you’ll
want to follow the faithful who gather at the Monastery of
Panaghia (Moni Panaghias). The festivities last all day and all
night, winding up in Gaios with dancing in the main square.
Pleasant excursions may be made to Panaghia, Aghios Nikolaos,
Mongonissi and Kaltsionissi. From Paxi it is also possible to
visit Parga on the mainland, a small town with a Venetian
fortress and a wonderful beach, and Andipaxi, a tiny island 3
nautical miles (30 minutes away) from Gaios.
About 120 people live on Andipaxi. Its slopes are practically
covered with grapevines and its beaches are superb. Totally
unspoilt, quiet Andipaxi serves as a refuge for those seeking
solitude, simplicity and serenity.