The Paxos Travel Guide

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There are three main villages on Paxos, all of which are situated on the East Coast: Gaios (the capital), Lakka and Loggos. There are also some smaller inland villages, most of which are no more than hamlets; the main ones are Magazia and Fontana.


GAIOS





















Gaios, the island’s capital, is named after St Gaius, a disciple of St Paul who converted the island to Christianity. It lies at the southern end of the island and is a very attractive village with a particularly attractive harbour, where many yachts and small boats are moored; when approached from the sea, it is almost hidden at the end of a sheltered inlet.


Gaios is the island’s main port, with the hydrofoil and car ferries from Corfu and the mainland docking at the New Port, and sea taxis and express boats to Anti Paxos leaving from the old harbour. It also has the largest selection of restaurants, bars and shops on Paxos spread throughout its narrow traffic-free streets, and is where most of the services (post office, electricity offices, telephone (OTE) office, council buildings, and the tax office) are located.


The centre of village life in Gaios is its very pretty main square with its centrepiece, the church, surrounded by cafes and bars. From there the rest of the village spreads out along quiet backstreets into the olive groves and along the coast road. In front of the square is the particularly attractive seafront where many local boats and yachts from all around the world are moored, providing an extremely colourful backdrop and a constant source of interest for locals and visitors alike, who sit sipping drinks beneath the cafe umbrellas.


Just across the water from the main square lies St Nikolaos island dominated by its old Venetian castle which is now hidden by trees.


Accommodation – Gaios has a very wide selection of accommodation available, ranging from rooms and apartments in the village itself to luxury villas, which are mostly either on the hillside overlooking the village and harbour, or along the coast road that leads to Fontana in one direction and Mongonissi at the southern end of the island in the other; it also has a couple of hotels.


Beaches – There is a small but attractive town beach about five minutes’ walk from the main square and Kioni Gouli, Kamini and Kaki Langada beaches to the north of Gaios can all be reached in 10 minutes by car or in 40 minutes on foot. Mongonissi Beach, which is the only sandy beach on the island and is situated at its southernmost point, can be reached in 15 minutes by car or an hour on foot, either through the olive groves or along the coast road. The other beaches on the island can easily be reached either by local bus or by hiring a car or small boat. However, many people who stay in Gaios choose to take either the express boat or the traditional caique to the adjacent island of Anti Paxos with its wonderful sandy beaches. All the beaches have lovely clear water and are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.


Supermarkets and Other Shops - Gaios is the main shopping centre on the island and there are several supermarkets in the village with a wide choice of food and other everyday items. There are also several bakeries and butchers' shops, and a wide variety of shops selling clothes, jewellery, DIY, gardening equipment etc.


Tavernas, Bars and Kafenios - There is a vast range of tavernas, bars, kafenios (cafes) and fast-food outlets in the square, around the town and along the harbour front.


Currency Exchange - There is a bank and a couple of ATMs in Gaios and many shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.


Watersports - Small motor boats can be hired from the harbour and there is also a scuba diving centre. As elsewhere on the island, swimming, snorkelling and fishing are also popular pastimes.


Walking – From Gaios there is a wide selection of paths and tracks leading inland through the olive groves or along the coast. Going north out of Gaios and following the coast road past the new port you can reach Kioni Gouli, Kamini and Kaki Langada beaches within 30 – 40 minutes. To reach Mongonissi Beach at the south of the island takes a little longer but is well worth the effort. The best way to go is through the olive groves via Ozias so that you can enjoy the wonderful views across to the Greek mainland as you descend to Mongonissi and to then return via the coast road with its lovely views across to St Nicholas Island and the port of Gaios. Heading inland from Gaios you can reach the pretty hamlets of Zenebisatika, Veliantatika and Fanariotatika, and even continue to Avlaki Creek, the Trypitos Arch and several cliff-top viewpoints on the West Coast, all within the hour. There are of course also longer walks that lead via Fontana to Loggos and via Magazia to the spectacular cliffs at Erimitis.


Churches - There is an Orthodox church in the square and a number of others elsewhere in the village.


Getting around – You can easily get to Loggos and Lakka, the island's other two main villages, from Gaios, as the local bus (which is actually an air-conditioned coach) that runs around the island several times a day linking all the main villages starts from here, so it is not essential to hire a car. You can also hire a small motor boat to explore the many attractive bays along this side of the island and there are a number of taxis. Express boats to Anti Paxos and trips around the island leave from the waterfront just in front of the main square.


LAKKA




















Lakka, which is the second village of Paxos, is situated at the very northern tip of the island and is almost hidden from view when approaching from the sea.  This former fishing village with its beautiful natural horseshoe bay, is usually well-sheltered from the wind and provides a very safe anchorage. It is therefore a favourite port of call for flotillas and other more elegant yachts on their way down the Ionian.


Lakka is a popular destination for those who like a bit more nightlife than that available in Loggos, without having too much of it. Even so, the village, with its narrow traffic-free lanes and main square offering a variety of shops, tavernas and bars, still retains the traditional Paxiot charm. It is within easy walking distance of several quiet olive-fringed beaches with lovely water for swimming, and even boasts what is almost a sandy beach, which is very rare on Paxos.


Accommodation – Lakka has a wide selection of accommodation ranging from rooms, studios and apartments in the village itself to villas of all shapes and sizes on the headlands overlooking the bay and in the surrounding olive groves; it also has a couple of hotels.


Beaches - Harami Beach, which has a taverna, is just a few minutes’ walk from the village and, whereas most other beaches on Paxos are shingle, Harami is actually sandy once you are in the sea making it very popular for younger children; it also shelves gradually making it relatively safe. Other beaches within relatively easy reach of Lakka are Monadendri that has a couple of very popular tavernas and free watersports and sunbeds (45 minutes’ walk or 10 minutes by car), Orkos and Lakkos (both 40 minutes’ walk). You can also scramble down to several small beaches around the headlands on both sides of Lakka Bay and you can of course also reach these by boat. You can easily reach other beaches on the island by using the local bus or by hiring a car or small boat. All the beaches have lovely clear water and are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Supermarkets and Other Shops - There are a number of small supermarkets in the village stocking a good range of food and other everyday items. There are also two bakeries, a butcher's shop, a number of craft and clothes shops, a jeweller’s and a few tourist shops.


Tavernas, Bars and Kafenios - Lakka has a large number of tavernas, most of which are situated around the harbour or in the main square. These offer mainly Greek food, but there are also some Italian restaurants and others offering a fair selection of different types of cuisine. For anyone who wants some nightlife, there are a number of bars and music bars that stay open until quite late.


Currency Exchange – There is no ATM in Lakka but you can exchange cash or travellers cheques at one of the travel offices in the village. Many shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.


Watersports - There are small boats for hire from the harbour and there is also a scuba diving centre. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing are also popular pastimes.


Walking – From Lakka there are paths leading into the olive groves and up on to both headlands. It takes about 20 minutes to walk up on to the headlands and, although the path on either side is quite steep, the effort is well rewarded as the views over Lakka Bay are breathtaking. Another short walk from Lakka is to the lighthouse. Paths through the olive groves lead to Orkas, Lakkos and Monadendri beaches on the east coast in about 40 minutes and you can also walk over to Plani Beach on the West Coat, although the latter is more a destination for a walk than a beach on which to spend the day. Slightly longer walks will take you via the hamlets of Apergatika, Argyratika and Dendiatika to Longos, to the Byzantine church at Ipapanti, or to the Venetian House, all in about an hour. From the Venetian House it takes a further 30 minutes to walk to the fantastic viewpoint overlooking Ipapanti Cove and the cliffs at Kastanida.


Churches - There is an Orthodox church in the village


Getting around – You can easily reach Loggos and Gaios, the island's other two main villages, along with Fontana and Magazia, from Lakka using the local bus (which is actually an air-conditioned coach) that runs around the island several times a day, so it is not essential to hire a car. It is also possible to hire a small motor boat to explore the many attractive bays along the east coast, and also to visit the west coast and even Anti Paxos, but only if the weather is very settled. There are also a number of taxis and boat trips around the island so it is quite possible to have a holiday away from the car.


LOGGOS





















Loggos, which is situated on the East Coast between Gaios and Lakka, is the smallest of the three main villages on Paxos and has wonderful views across to the Greek mainland. It is a graceful old fishing port that has managed to maintain all its innate charm and character and, with its pastel-shaded buildings, small harbour and very pretty jetty, it is the epitome of a Greek fishing village; its location is idyllic. During the day, the village is relatively quiet but it comes to life in the evenings, when visitors and locals alike gather in the restaurants and bars around the harbour to enjoy food, wine and conversation, often late into the night.


Loggos, with its ruined olive oil and soap factory and ruined windmills must be one of the most frequently photographed villages in Greece and it has also provided the perfect location for filming traditional Greek scenes for both films and television. It is a dream village on an extremely pretty island. However, even though it is only a small village, it has all the facilities necessary for a perfect holiday and many people return year after year.


Accommodation – Even though Loggos itself is very small, there is a wide range of accommodation available, either in or within easy walking distance of the village. Accommodation in the village itself tends to be in traditional village houses, whereas outside the village most of the accommodation is in modern villas with pools, some of which are quite luxurious. Properties rage in size from apartments and villas for couples to villas for families and larger groups.


Beaches – Paxos has a number of very pretty shingle beaches and you can easily reach several of the best ones on foot from Loggos. There is a small beach and area for swimming adjacent to the harbour and about five minutes' walk south of the village is the beautiful beach of Levrechio, where there is a popular taverna. Five minutes beyond Levrechio is the second beach of Marmari, set in a beautiful bay, and beyond Marmari there is Kipos and then the long beach of Kipiadi, all within a 30-minute walk of Loggos. All these beaches have lovely clear water and are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Supermarkets and Other Shops - There are a number of small supermarkets in the village which stock a good range of food and other everyday items; there is also a bakery, gift shops and a DIY/hardware shop.


Tavernas, Bars and Kafenios – There are several tavernas serving a wide range of different types of cuisine and several bars and kafenios (cafes). Most of these are located around the very attractive harbour or even on the jetty itself.


Currency Exchange - There are no ATMs in Loggos but you can exchange cash or travellers cheques at one of the travel offices in the village, and many shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.


Watersports - There is probably a better selection of small motor boats for hire in Loggos than anywhere else on the island, along with dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing are also popular pastimes, along with the most popular of all - people-watching!




















Walking - Loggos is a good base for anyone who likes walking, with paths leading inland through the olive groves and along the coast. Levrechio Beach is just a five-minute walk and Marmari, Kipos and Kipiadi beaches can all be reached in less than 30 minutes via an attractive path through the olive groves that for the most part follows the coast. In the opposite direction paths lead via the hamlets of Dendiatika and Apergatika to Monodendri Beach and Lakka, both of which can be reached within the hour. There are of course also longer walks that lead via Fontana and Magazia to the West Coast, or even to Gaios. A favourite walk from Loggos is to the pretty 17th century church of Ipapanti, where the bell tower affords wonderful views over Lakka to Corfu, and from there, for the more intrepid, to the sheer cliffs of Eremitis on the west coast.

Churches - There is an Orthodox church in the main square

Getting around – You can easily reach Lakka and Gaios, the island's other two main villages, as Loggos is on the route of the local bus (which is actually an air-conditioned coach) that runs between Lakka and Gaios via Magazia and Fontana several times a day, so it is not essential to hire a car. It is also possible to hire a small motor boat to explore the many attractive bays along this side of the island and there are a number of taxis. But many places are easily accessible on foot.


MAGAZIA



















Magazia lies either side of the road linking Gaios with Lakka. It has a couple of mini-markets and tavernas, as well as a very authentic kafenion that can hardly have changed over the past 30 years and is well worth a visit. Magazia is very centrally located and therefore well-situated for exploring the rest of the island, including the main villages of Loggos, Gaios and Lakka. You can also reach most beaches as well as the West Coast, which many people visit to watch the sunset; the drive to the best vantage points is about ten minutes. The village is also on the bus route and is the starting point of many walks through the olive groves, either down to the dramatic West Coast or to Lakka and Loggos. If you are interested in history, the Olive Press Museum is in Magazia and there are also some very interesting old wells and carved cisterns between the village and Erimitis. Magazia is also the location of one of the latest finds on the island - three graves dating from 600BC.


FONTANA

















Fontana is the smallest of the villages on Paxos and is situated on the road from Gaios to Loggos. It is a pretty village with some lovely old houses, a couple of tavernas, a mini-market and a very pretty church but there are no real signs of the 21st century (or even the 20th), which is one of its main attractions. Fontana is very centrally located and therefore well-situated for exploring the island – you can reach Loggos, Gaios and Lakka and several beaches in about 10 minutes by car and the village is also on the bus route. There are also some wonderful walks through the olive groves that start from Fontana, including a lovely walk to Kaki Langada, which is just below the reservoir and one of the most popular Paxiot beaches, walks along the crest of the island and down into Gaios or over to the rugged scenery of the West Coast.


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. 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. Inland, Anti Paxos is very different from its larger neighbour Paxos and is well worth exploring. A network of narrow paths and tracks leads through the maquis and over the undulating countryside past orchards, vineyards and the walled gardens in the village of Vigla, and from there to the small harbour of Agrapidia, to the stony Radovani Beach with its strange off-shore rock formations on the west coast of the island and the quiet coves in the south of the island. The terrain is steep and uneven in places and good walking shoes are essential.


In settled weather it is sometimes possible to 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.


VILLAGES ON PAXOS

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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

Holiday Accommodation on Paxos

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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

Gaios, the island’s capital, is named after St Gaius, a disciple of St Paul who converted the island to Christianity. It lies at the southern end of the island and is a very attractive village with a particularly attractive harbour, where many yachts and small boats are moored; when approached from the sea, it is almost hidden at the end of a sheltered inlet.


Gaios is the island’s main port, with the hydrofoil and car ferries from Corfu and the mainland docking at the New Port, and sea taxis and express boats to Anti Paxos leaving from the old harbour. It also has the largest selection of restaurants, bars and shops on Paxos spread throughout its narrow traffic-free streets, and is where most of the services (post office, electricity offices, telephone (OTE) office, council buildings, and the tax office) are located.


The centre of village life in Gaios is its very pretty main square with its centrepiece, the church, surrounded by cafes and bars. From there the rest of the village spreads out along quiet backstreets into the olive groves and along the coast road. In front of the square is the particularly attractive seafront where many local boats and yachts from all around the world are moored, providing an extremely colourful backdrop and a constant source of interest for locals and visitors alike, who sit sipping drinks beneath the cafe umbrellas.


Just across the water from the main square lies St Nikolaos island dominated by its old Venetian castle which is now hidden by trees.


Accommodation – Gaios has a very wide selection of accommodation available, ranging from rooms and apartments in the village itself to luxury villas, which are mostly either on the hillside overlooking the village and harbour, or along the coast road that leads to Fontana in one direction and Mongonissi at the southern end of the island in the other; it also has a couple of hotels.


Beaches – There is a small but attractive town beach about five minutes’ walk from the main square and Kioni Gouli, Kamini and Kaki Langada beaches to the north of Gaios can all be reached in 10 minutes by car or in 40 minutes on foot. Mongonissi Beach, which is the only sandy beach on the island and is situated at its southernmost point, can be reached in 15 minutes by car or an hour on foot, either through the olive groves or along the coast road. The other beaches on the island can easily be reached either by local bus or by hiring a car or small boat. However, many people who stay in Gaios choose to take either the express boat or the traditional caique to the adjacent island of Anti Paxos with its wonderful sandy beaches. All the beaches have lovely clear water and are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.


Supermarkets and Other Shops - Gaios is the main shopping centre on the island and there are several supermarkets in the village with a wide choice of food and other everyday items. There are also several bakeries and butchers' shops, and a wide variety of shops selling clothes, jewellery, DIY, gardening equipment etc.


Tavernas, Bars and Kafenios - There is a vast range of tavernas, bars, kafenios (cafes) and fast-food outlets in the square, around the town and along the harbour front.


Currency Exchange - There is a bank and a couple of ATMs in Gaios and many shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.


Watersports - Small motor boats can be hired from the harbour and there is also a scuba diving centre. As elsewhere on the island, swimming, snorkelling and fishing are also popular pastimes.


Walking – From Gaios there is a wide selection of paths and tracks leading inland through the olive groves or along the coast. Going north out of Gaios and following the coast road past the new port you can reach Kioni Gouli, Kamini and Kaki Langada beaches within 30 – 40 minutes. To reach Mongonissi Beach at the south of the island takes a little longer but is well worth the effort. The best way to go is through the olive groves via Ozias so that you can enjoy the wonderful views across to the Greek mainland as you descend to Mongonissi and to then return via the coast road with its lovely views across to St Nicholas Island and the port of Gaios. Heading inland from Gaios you can reach the pretty hamlets of Zenebisatika, Veliantatika and Fanariotatika, and even continue to Avlaki Creek, the Trypitos Arch and several cliff-top viewpoints on the West Coast, all within the hour. There are of course also longer walks that lead via Fontana to Loggos and via Magazia to the spectacular cliffs at Erimitis.


Churches - There is an Orthodox church in the square and a number of others elsewhere in the village.


Getting around – You can easily get to Loggos and Lakka, the island's other two main villages, from Gaios, as the local bus (which is actually an air-conditioned coach) that runs around the island several times a day linking all the main villages starts from here, so it is not essential to hire a car. You can also hire a small motor boat to explore the many attractive bays along this side of the island and there are a number of taxis. Express boats to Anti Paxos and trips around the island leave from the waterfront just in front of the main square.


LAKKA



Lakka, which is the second village of Paxos, is situated at the very northern tip of the island and is almost hidden from view when approaching from the sea.  This former fishing village with its beautiful natural horseshoe bay, is usually well-sheltered from the wind and provides a very safe anchorage. It is therefore a favourite port of call for flotillas and other more elegant yachts on their way down the Ionian.


Lakka is a popular destination for those who like a bit more nightlife than that available in Loggos, without having too much of it. Even so, the village, with its narrow traffic-free lanes and main square offering a variety of shops, tavernas and bars, still retains the traditional Paxiot charm. It is within easy walking distance of several quiet olive-fringed beaches with lovely water for swimming, and even boasts what is almost a sandy beach, which is very rare on Paxos.


Accommodation – Lakka has a wide selection of accommodation ranging from rooms, studios and apartments in the village itself to villas of all shapes and sizes on the headlands overlooking the bay and in the surrounding olive groves; it also has a couple of hotels.


Beaches - Harami Beach, which has a taverna, is just a few minutes’ walk from the village and, whereas most other beaches on Paxos are shingle, Harami is actually sandy once you are in the sea making it very popular for younger children; it also shelves gradually making it relatively safe. Other beaches within relatively easy reach of Lakka are Monadendri that has a couple of very popular tavernas and free watersports and sunbeds (45 minutes’ walk or 10 minutes by car), Orkos and Lakkos (both 40 minutes’ walk). You can also scramble down to several small beaches around the headlands on both sides of Lakka Bay and you can of course also reach these by boat. You can easily reach other beaches on the island by using the local bus or by hiring a car or small boat. All the beaches have lovely clear water and are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Supermarkets and Other Shops - There are a number of small supermarkets in the village stocking a good range of food and other everyday items. There are also two bakeries, a butcher's shop, a number of craft and clothes shops, a jeweller’s and a few tourist shops.


Tavernas, Bars and Kafenios - Lakka has a large number of tavernas, most of which are situated around the harbour or in the main square. These offer mainly Greek food, but there are also some Italian restaurants and others offering a fair selection of different types of cuisine. For anyone who wants some nightlife, there are a number of bars and music bars that stay open until quite late.


Currency Exchange – There is no ATM in Lakka but you can exchange cash or travellers cheques at one of the travel offices in the village. Many shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.


Watersports - There are small boats for hire from the harbour and there is also a scuba diving centre. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing are also popular pastimes.


Walking – From Lakka there are paths leading into the olive groves and up on to both headlands. It takes about 20 minutes to walk up on to the headlands and, although the path on either side is quite steep, the effort is well rewarded as the views over Lakka Bay are breathtaking. Another short walk from Lakka is to the lighthouse. Paths through the olive groves lead to Orkas, Lakkos and Monadendri beaches on the east coast in about 40 minutes and you can also walk over to Plani Beach on the West Coat, although the latter is more a destination for a walk than a beach on which to spend the day. Slightly longer walks will take you via the hamlets of Apergatika, Argyratika and Dendiatika to Longos, to the Byzantine church at Ipapanti, or to the Venetian House, all in about an hour. From the Venetian House it takes a further 30 minutes to walk to the fantastic viewpoint overlooking Ipapanti Cove and the cliffs at Kastanida.


Churches - There is an Orthodox church in the village


Getting around – You can easily reach Loggos and Gaios, the island's other two main villages, along with Fontana and Magazia, from Lakka using the local bus (which is actually an air-conditioned coach) that runs around the island several times a day, so it is not essential to hire a car. It is also possible to hire a small motor boat to explore the many attractive bays along the east coast, and also to visit the west coast and even Anti Paxos, but only if the weather is very settled. There are also a number of taxis and boat trips around the island so it is quite possible to have a holiday away from the car.


LOGGOS

Loggos, which is situated on the East Coast between Gaios and Lakka, is the smallest of the three main villages on Paxos and has wonderful views across to the Greek mainland. It is a graceful old fishing port that has managed to maintain all its innate charm and character and, with its pastel-shaded buildings, small harbour and very pretty jetty, it is the epitome of a Greek fishing village; its location is idyllic. During the day, the village is relatively quiet but it comes to life in the evenings, when visitors and locals alike gather in the restaurants and bars around the harbour to enjoy food, wine and conversation, often late into the night.


Loggos, with its ruined olive oil and soap factory and ruined windmills must be one of the most frequently photographed villages in Greece and it has also provided the perfect location for filming traditional Greek scenes for both films and television. It is a dream village on an extremely pretty island. However, even though it is only a small village, it has all the facilities necessary for a perfect holiday and many people return year after year.


Accommodation – Even though Loggos itself is very small, there is a wide range of accommodation available, either in or within easy walking distance of the village. Accommodation in the village itself tends to be in traditional village houses, whereas outside the village most of the accommodation is in modern villas with pools, some of which are quite luxurious. Properties rage in size from apartments and villas for couples to villas for families and larger groups.


Beaches – Paxos has a number of very pretty shingle beaches and you can easily reach several of the best ones on foot from Loggos. There is a small beach and area for swimming adjacent to the harbour and about five minutes' walk south of the village is the beautiful beach of Levrechio, where there is a popular taverna. Five minutes beyond Levrechio is the second beach of Marmari, set in a beautiful bay, and beyond Marmari there is Kipos and then the long beach of Kipiadi, all within a 30-minute walk of Loggos. All these beaches have lovely clear water and are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.


Supermarkets and Other Shops - There are a number of small supermarkets in the village which stock a good range of food and other everyday items; there is also a bakery, gift shops and a DIY/hardware shop.


Tavernas, Bars and Kafenios – There are several tavernas serving a wide range of different types of cuisine and several bars and kafenios (cafes). Most of these are located around the very attractive harbour or even on the jetty itself.


Currency Exchange - There are no ATMs in Loggos but you can exchange cash or travellers cheques at one of the travel offices in the village, and many shops and tavernas now take credit card payments.


Watersports - There is probably a better selection of small motor boats for hire in Loggos than anywhere else on the island, along with dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Swimming, snorkelling and fishing are also popular pastimes, along with the most popular of all - people-watching!



Walking - Loggos is a good base for anyone who likes walking, with paths leading inland through the olive groves and along the coast. Levrechio Beach is just a five-minute walk and Marmari, Kipos and Kipiadi beaches can all be reached in less than 30 minutes via an attractive path through the olive groves that for the most part follows the coast. In the opposite direction paths lead via the hamlets of Dendiatika and Apergatika to Monodendri Beach and Lakka, both of which can be reached within the hour. There are of course also longer walks that lead via Fontana and Magazia to the West Coast, or even to Gaios. A favourite walk from Loggos is to the pretty 17th century church of Ipapanti, where the bell tower affords wonderful views over Lakka to Corfu, and from there, for the more intrepid, to the sheer cliffs of Eremitis on the west coast.


Churches - There is an Orthodox church in the main square.


Getting around – You can easily reach Lakka and Gaios, the island's other two main villages, as Loggos is on the route of the local bus (which is actually an air-conditioned coach) that runs between Lakka and Gaios via Magazia and Fontana several times a day, so it is not essential to hire a car. It is also possible to hire a small motor boat to explore the many attractive bays along this side of the island and there are a number of taxis. But many places are easily accessible on foot.


MAGAZIA

Magazia lies either side of the road linking Gaios with Lakka. It has a couple of mini-markets and tavernas, as well as a very authentic kafenion that can hardly have changed over the past 30 years and is well worth a visit. Magazia is very centrally located and therefore well-situated for exploring the rest of the island, including the main villages of Loggos, Gaios and Lakka. You can also reach most beaches as well as the West Coast, which many people visit to watch the sunset; the drive to the best vantage points is about ten minutes. The village is also on the bus route and is the starting point of many walks through the olive groves, either down to the dramatic West Coast or to Lakka and Loggos. If you are interested in history, the Olive Press Museum is in Magazia and there are also some very interesting old wells and carved cisterns between the village and Erimitis. Magazia is also the location of one of the latest finds on the island - three graves dating from 600BC.


FONTANA

Fontana is the smallest of the villages on Paxos and is situated on the road from Gaios to Loggos. It is a pretty village with some lovely old houses, a couple of tavernas, a mini-market and a very pretty church but there are no real signs of the 21st century (or even the 20th), which is one of its main attractions. Fontana is very centrally located and therefore well-situated for exploring the island – you can reach Loggos, Gaios and Lakka and several beaches in about 10 minutes by car and the village is also on the bus route. There are also some wonderful walks through the olive groves that start from Fontana, including a lovely walk to Kaki Langada, which is just below the reservoir and one of the most popular Paxiot beaches, walks along the crest of the island and down into Gaios or over to the rugged scenery of the West Coast.


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. 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. Inland, Anti Paxos is very different from its larger neighbour Paxos and is well worth exploring. A network of narrow paths and tracks leads through the maquis and over the undulating countryside past orchards, vineyards and the walled gardens in the village of Vigla, and from there to the small harbour of Agrapidia, to the stony Radovani Beach with its strange off-shore rock formations on the west coast of the island and the quiet coves in the south of the island. The terrain is steep and uneven in places and good walking shoes are essential.


In settled weather it is sometimes possible to 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.