The Paxos Travel Guide

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The east coast of Paxos is dotted with small coves and bays all the way from Lakka in the north to Mongonissi in the south and there are about 30 beaches in all. Most of the beaches are made up of white pebbles and the wonderfully clear water is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Very few have sunbeds or umbrellas but rely instead on the natural shade provided by the olive trees that in places come almost down to the water’s edge. Most can be reached on foot and some can be reached by road but many are best discovered by boat. Indeed, much of the fun of a holiday on Paxos lies in exploring the coastline in a small motorboat with a picnic lunch, looking for a beach on which to spend the day.




















Going from north to south the main beaches on the east coast of Paxos are:


Harami


This beach is on the northern side of Lakka Bay and just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Lakka, which means that, although it is easy to get to, it can also get busier than other beaches on the island. The beach itself is made up of large white pebbles but these give way to sand once in the water where the beach shelves very gently, making it popular with families. There is a taverna just behind the beach and sunbeds are available for rent. There are nice views across Lakka Bay and the comings and goings of visiting yachts always provide plenty of interest.


Monadendri


South of Lakka there are several small beaches (Arkoudaki, Orkos and Lakkos) before you come to Monodendri Beach, which is by far the most popular beach along this stretch of coastline. It is an hour’s walk or a 10-minute drive from Loggos, or a 40-minute walk or 10-minute drive from Lakka; the island bus also stops at the top of the road leading down to the beach. Monodendri is an organised beach with sunbeds and umbrellas and two very good tavernas, one very attractively arranged over terraces leading down to the beach and the other with a large pool; free watersports are also available. The water here is crystal clear and the beach itself, which shelves quite steeply, is very long and made up of large white pebbles.




















Levrechio


Going south from Monodendri there are several small beaches (Glyfada, Phykia and Loggos village beach) before you come to Levrechio Beach. Levrechio is just a five-minute walk from Loggos and can also be reached by car. There is no shade on the beach itself, which is made up of large white pebbles and shelves quite steeply, but the very popular taverna at the back of the beach has a large shady garden. A range of watersports is also available from the beach.




















Marmari


A five-minute walk through the olive groves from Levrechio is Marmari Beach, which is set in a lovely sheltered bay. Marmari is a very pretty beach made up of coarse shingle which shelves gently into the water. It is a lovely beach on which to spend the day, as there is lots of natural shade from the olive trees that in places grow right down to the shoreline and it is particularly good for swimming, snorkelling and diving. It always looks particularly lovely in the early morning light.




















Kipos


A 10-minute walk beyond Marmari is Kipos Beach, which can also be reached via an inland lane from Kontogianatika. The pebbles here tend to be quite large and the beach shelves fairly steeply into the sea, making it good for swimming, snorkelling and diving. There are also plenty of good walks around the beach, which tends to be one of the quieter beaches down this stretch of coast, even though it is still within an easy walk of Loggos and can be reached by car.




















Kipiadi


Kipiadi Beach can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes from Kipos Beach, or in 30 minutes on foot or 10 minutes by car from Loggos (you park on the track at the back of the beach and then walk down a fairly steep path). It is one of the largest beaches on Paxos and is made up of large pebbles. As it is backed by maquis, there is no shade on the beach, which is not as attractive as other beaches along this stretch of coast. It is, however, a popular daytime anchorage for yachts.




















Kaki Langada


Kaki Langada is the next beach of any significance going south from Kipiadi and is situated just below the reservoir. Although it is just below the road and therefore readily accessible by car, it is a quiet beach which most people ignore. There is parking behind the beach and plenty of shade. There are then a couple of other small beaches (Kamini and Kioni Gouli) before you reach Gaios.


Yiani Beach


Yiani Beach is the nearest swimming spot heading south out of Gaios and is just past the green statue, “A Paxos Hero”. Steps lead down to the little stony beach, which is a favourite place for locals as well as visitors to the island. Numerous other similar beaches are scattered around Gaios.


Mongonissi


Heading south from Yiani Beach you pass Defteri, Paxos Beach Hotel, Balos and Porto Ozias beaches before arriving at Mongonissi, one of the best beaches on the island, at the southern end of Paxos. From Gaios, you can walk to Mongonissi, either along the coast road or through the olive groves via Ozias, in about an hour, and it is a lovely walk with wonderful views down the coast and across to the Greek mainland. Alternatively, it is just a 10-minute drive with ample parking either behind the taverna or by the causeway. Mongonissi Bay forms a very beautiful and sheltered inlet which provides a safe anchorage and there is free mooring for up to 50 boats and yachts. The sandy beach is man-made and shelves very gently, making it ideal for children. As it faces west, it enjoys sunshine until relatively late in the day. Immediately behind the beach is a very popular taverna and it is possible to hire sunbeds, kayaks, windsurfers and pedalos.


West Coast Beaches


The west coast of Paxos is far more rugged with cliffs and sea caves, and the sea is also usually much rougher on this side of the island. There are, however, a few stony beaches - Plani (below the lighthouse at Lakka), Erimitis and Avlaki Creek - but they provide an interesting destination for a walk rather then somewhere to spend the day or go for a swim.




















Anti Paxos


Anti Paxos is just a mile wide and two miles long but the wonderful sandy beaches here with their turquoise blue water are amongst the best in the whole of Greece and even rival those in the Caribbean. It goes without saying that they are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Vrika and Voutoumi are the two main beaches on Anti Paxos. Vrika is sandy, whereas Voutoumi is pebbly but sandy once in the water. There are tavernas behind both beaches and above Voutoumi Beach is the Bella Vista taverna, with its wonderful views along the coast of Anti Paxos and across to Paxos - a short sharp climb that is more than worth the effort. You can also walk to Radovani Beach with its strange rock formations on the west coast and the quiet coves in the south of the island but the terrain is steep and uneven in places and good walking shoes are essential. In settled weather you can sometimes take a hired motor boat to Anti Paxos but the weather can change very quickly and the best way to reach the island is by the frequent speedboat taxis that leave from the harbour front in Gaios or on one of the day trips that leave from Loggos, Gaios or Lakka.


BEACHES OF PAXOS

Sleeps 1-2:
Fotini is a private one-bedroom cottage with sea views and outside terrace within a few minutes’ walk of the beach. In a quiet position at the top of Loggos village, it is a five minute walk to the village harbour, with its shops and tavernas…
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Fotini Cottage, Loggos

Sleeps 2-4:
The major part of an old village house which has been undergoing steady refurbishment in recent years, Villa Aglaia is a two-bedroom apartment with wonderful sea views, especially from its private terrace below...

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Aglaia Villa, Loggos

Sleeps 1-2:
The smaller part of an old village house which has been undergoing steady refurbishment in recent years, Aglaia studio is a one-bedroom apartment in a superb hillside position just a minute's walk from the village of Loggos and the beaches...
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Aglaia Studio, Loggos

Properties in and around the village of LOGGOS & MARMARI BEACH:

Sleeps 2-6:
Situated directly above Marmari beach and just a short stroll down through the olive groves, is Poseidon, a modern and beautifully finished three-bedroom villa with pool. The location makes this villa very convenient for nearby Loggos...
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Villa Poseidon, Loggos

Sleeps 2-4:
Right above Marmari beach is Amphritite, a modern two-bedroom villa with a private pool which has gorgeous views through the olive groves towards the sea. The location makes it very convenient for Marmari and nearby Levrechio beaches...
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Villa Amphitrite, Loggos

Sleeps 2-6:
Villa Stelios is a three-bedroom villa with sea views and private swimming pool within a few minutes’ walk of Loggos village and the beach. The villa occupies a wonderful vantage point at the top of the village and is a five minute walk down to Loggos harbour...
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Stelios Villa, Loggos

Sleeps 1-2:
Nicola is a stone-built one-bedroom villa with sea views, terrace and private plunge pool, all within a few minutes’ walk of the beach. It occupies a wonderful vantage point at the top of Loggos village and is a five minute walk to the village harbour... read more

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Nicola, Loggos

Properties in and around the village of LOGGOS:

Properties in and around the beach at MARMARI and walking distance of Loggos:

Sleeps 2-3:
Nicoletta is a rarity, a private cottage for two with its own small pool within easy walking distance of the sea. It is also one of several Paxiot properties whose owner Katina takes great pride in tending the gardens, which are abundant with mature trees, shrubs and exotic flowers and plants...
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Nicoletta Cottage, Marmari

Sleeps 1-2:
Tucked away in the olive groves just above Marmari beach is Katina Studio, a detached one-bedroom studio ideal for a couple. One of several properties in the area owned by local Paxiot Katina, this charming little white and yellow painted cottage enjoys a private location close to the sea and with access to the beaches...
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Katina Studio, Marmari

Sleeps 2-5:
Katina, a two-bedroom house with sea views and spacious outside areas, is a hidden gem just a short walk down a rugged path to Marmari beach. It is ideal for those who want privacy in the heart of the Paxos countryside…
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Katina Cottage, Marmari

Other Villas on Paxos:

Sleeps 2-4:
A charming example of a typical Greek house in the heart of the Paxiot community of Zernatika, Country House is a quiet two-bedroomed property tucked away off the beaten track, with its own pool and garden…
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Country House, Zernatika

Sleeps 2-6:
With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool and a well-kept garden, Hortensia is a restful village property conveniently situated close to Loggos. It is just 10 minutes walk into Loggos or, down winding footpaths, to the sea at Kipos, Kipiadi and Marmari beaches...
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Villa Hortensia, Nr. Loggos

Sleeps 2:
The Windmill is a delightful one bedroom property, with a private pool and sea views, located above Magazia and Fontana on the old road to Gaios. It is in a perfect location for those who enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural villa…
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The Windmill, Nr. Magazia

Sleeps 2-6:
Villa Prinos is a new three-bedroom property with broad outside terraces, a large swimming pool and panoramic sea views, located in a country setting between the villages of Magazia and Fontana…
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Villa Prinos, Nr. Magazia

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Going from north to south the main beaches on the east coast of Paxos are:


Harami


This beach is on the northern side of Lakka Bay and just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Lakka, which means that, although it is easy to get to, it can also get busier than other beaches on the island. The beach itself is made up of large white pebbles but these give way to sand once in the water where the beach shelves very gently, making it popular with families. There is a taverna just behind the beach and sunbeds are available for rent. There are nice views across Lakka Bay and the comings and goings of visiting yachts always provide plenty of interest.


Monadendri


South of Lakka there are several small beaches (Arkoudaki, Orkos and Lakkos) before you come to Monodendri Beach, which is by far the most popular beach along this stretch of coastline. It is an hour’s walk or a 10-minute drive from Loggos, or a 40-minute walk or 10-minute drive from Lakka; the island bus also stops at the top of the road leading down to the beach. Monodendri is an organised beach with sunbeds and umbrellas and two very good tavernas, one very attractively arranged over terraces leading down to the beach and the other with a large pool; free watersports are also available. The water here is crystal clear and the beach itself, which shelves quite steeply, is very long and made up of large white pebbles.



Levrechio


Going south from Monodendri there are several small beaches (Glyfada, Phykia and Loggos village beach) before you come to Levrechio Beach. Levrechio is just a five-minute walk from Loggos and can also be reached by car. There is no shade on the beach itself, which is made up of large white pebbles and shelves quite steeply, but the very popular taverna at the back of the beach has a large shady garden. A range of watersports is also available from the beach.


Marmari


A five-minute walk through the olive groves from Levrechio is Marmari Beach, which is set in a lovely sheltered bay. Marmari is a very pretty beach made up of coarse shingle which shelves gently into the water. It is a lovely beach on which to spend the day, as there is lots of natural shade from the olive trees that in places grow right down to the shoreline and it is particularly good for swimming, snorkelling and diving. It always looks particularly lovely in the early morning light.


Kipos


A 10-minute walk beyond Marmari is Kipos Beach, which can also be reached via an inland lane from Kontogianatika. The pebbles here tend to be quite large and the beach shelves fairly steeply into the sea, making it good for swimming, snorkelling and diving. There are also plenty of good walks around the beach, which tends to be one of the quieter beaches down this stretch of coast, even though it is still within an easy walk of Loggos and can be reached by car.



Kipiadi


Kipiadi Beach can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes from Kipos Beach, or in 30 minutes on foot or 10 minutes by car from Loggos (you park on the track at the back of the beach and then walk down a fairly steep path). It is one of the largest beaches on Paxos and is made up of large pebbles. As it is backed by maquis, there is no shade on the beach, which is not as attractive as other beaches along this stretch of coast. It is, however, a popular daytime anchorage for yachts.



Kaki Langada


Kaki Langada is the next beach of any significance going south from Kipiadi and is situated just below the reservoir. Although it is just below the road and therefore readily accessible by car, it is a quiet beach which most people ignore. There is parking behind the beach and plenty of shade. There are then a couple of other small beaches (Kamini and Kioni Gouli) before you reach Gaios.


Yiani Beach


Yiani Beach is the nearest swimming spot heading south out of Gaios and is just past the green statue, “A Paxos Hero”. Steps lead down to the little stony beach, which is a favourite place for locals as well as visitors to the island. Numerous other similar beaches are scattered around Gaios.


Mongonissi


Heading south from Yiani Beach you pass Defteri, Paxos Beach Hotel, Balos and Porto Ozias beaches before arriving at Mongonissi, one of the best beaches on the island, at the southern end of Paxos. From Gaios, you can walk to Mongonissi, either along the coast road or through the olive groves via Ozias, in about an hour, and it is a lovely walk with wonderful views down the coast and across to the Greek mainland. Alternatively, it is just a 10-minute drive with ample parking either behind the taverna or by the causeway. Mongonissi Bay forms a very beautiful and sheltered inlet which provides a safe anchorage and there is free mooring for up to 50 boats and yachts. The sandy beach is man-made and shelves very gently, making it ideal for children. As it faces west, it enjoys sunshine until relatively late in the day. Immediately behind the beach is a very popular taverna and it is possible to hire sunbeds, kayaks, windsurfers and pedalos.


West Coast Beaches


The west coast of Paxos is far more rugged with cliffs and sea caves, and the sea is also usually much rougher on this side of the island. There are, however, a few stony beaches - Plani (below the lighthouse at Lakka), Erimitis and Avlaki Creek - but they provide an interesting destination for a walk rather then somewhere to spend the day or go for a swim.



Anti Paxos


Anti Paxos is just a mile wide and two miles long but the wonderful sandy beaches here with their turquoise blue water are amongst the best in the whole of Greece and even rival those in the Caribbean. It goes without saying that they are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Vrika and Voutoumi are the two main beaches on Anti Paxos. Vrika is sandy, whereas Voutoumi is pebbly but sandy once in the water. There are tavernas behind both beaches and above Voutoumi Beach is the Bella Vista taverna, with its wonderful views along the coast of Anti Paxos and across to Paxos - a short sharp climb that is more than worth the effort. You can also walk to Radovani Beach with its strange rock formations on the west coast and the quiet coves in the south of the island but the terrain is steep and uneven in places and good walking shoes are essential. In settled weather you can sometimes take a hired motor boat to Anti Paxos but the weather can change very quickly and the best way to reach the island is by the frequent speedboat taxis that leave from the harbour front in Gaios or on one of the day trips that leave from Loggos, Gaios or Lakka.