Paxoi – Sailing destination with unique charm and stunning beauty

Paxi are two small Greek islands south of Corfu, and this is your travel guide for perfect holidays in these exotic islands. They are rather unknown to international tourists, but much loved by Greeks for their discreet charm and stunning beauty.

Travel to Paxos Island, Greece - Blue caves
Blue caves in Antipaxos

Where is Paxi in Greece?

Map of Paxi islands, Ionian Sea, Greece
Map of Paxi and Antipaxi islands south of Corfu

Paxi Islands (or Paxoi) sit on the northern side of the Ionian Sea just south of Corfu. Due to their popularity as a sailing destination and the many yachts mooring in the marina or around the incredibly beautiful coastlines, the islands of Paxi are becoming one of the hottest destinations among the Greek islands.

Paxos, Paxi, Ionian Sea, Greece

The whole picture is quite idyllic – crystal clear waters, beaches in tropical style, green inland, sea caves and traditional villages. Here all sizes and distances are small. The Paxoi islands, always a favourite spot for sailsmen to throw their anchor, are today a popular tourist attraction, but still loved by experienced travelers.
Overall, the best seasons to visit these tiny islands are early summer or September. That way you will avoid crowds at the beaches and restaurants.

Gaios Port in Paxos

Gaios port, Paxos, Paxi, Ionian Sea, Greece
Gaio Port, Paxos

What to see in Paxi?

Ariving at Gaios Port the first impressions will probably be beyond all expectations. This little town well hidden in the narrow waters between the main island of Paxos and the islet of Agios Nikolaos, just a few meters away, looks like a cinematic scenery. The houses, scattered along the waterfront, retain the traditional Ionian architecture and colorful as they are as they pose beside the deep blue sea, they create a unique picture.

The small, but interesting Folklore Museum is worthwhile visiting. It is housed in a magnificent building from the 16th century. If you would like to visit the castle of Agios Nikolaos, built in 1423, on the islet by the same name, it is better to arrange with the local authorities beforehand.

Must-see villages of Paxos

Paxos Ionian Sea, Greece - the picturesque fishing village of Lakka in Paxos
The picturesque fishing village of Lakka in Paxos

Paxos has three picturesque villages with beautiful beachfront promenades, perfect for relaxing in the afternoon and dining in the evening. Gaios, the port of Paxi is lively with many private yachts and fishing boats mooring during the summer. Also, Lakka and Logos have marinas and colorful houses, with hotels, taverns, cafés, and bars giving a cosmopolitan feel to the island.

Island hopping from Paxi

Due to its proximity to Corfu and the coasts of the Greek mainland, Paxi is a perfect base for island-hopping.

Beaches in Paxi islands

Paxos, Paxi, Gaios, Ionian Sea, Greece
Gaios, Paxos

Paxos (the bigger island) is first famous for its stunning beaches. The beautiful beaches have crystal-clear emerald waters, perfect for scuba diving or a swim. Even more, the smaller island of Antipaxos, opposite of Paxos is famous worldwide for its exotic Caribbean-like beaches. Throughout the day boats connect Paxos with Antipaxos from Gaios Port in Paxos, Greece.

Beaches in Paxos

Paxos, Paxi, Blue Cave, Ionian Sea, Greece
Blue cave

Seven kilometers north of Gaios you will find Logos. It is a cluster of flower-decked houses on the north east coast overlooking a small fishing harbour. There are several mini-markets and a bakery, a couple of bars and a traditional coffeeshop. Just south of Logos is an attractive shingle beach at Levericho. This makes Logos a very busy site.

There are shingle beaches nearby at Kipos and Marmari. The latter set in a bay with shade from the olive trees that grow down to the shoreline. There are small coves in the area of which many can only be reached by boat. Further south is Pounda, with access along a track from the main road. The track branches south and down a very steep track to a long pebble beach at Kipiadi.

Paxos, Paxi, Lakka, Ionian Sea, Greece
Lakka, Paxos

At Lakka (11 km from Gaios) you’ll have to leave the car and continue on foot. Here at the waterfront all the tavernas are clustered with shops and kafeneia. It is a small place but very beautiful with the tiny bay where trees grow all the way down to the waterline. Around Lakka you will find beautiful beaches if you take the dirt roads. Both Arkoudáki and Orkós are great, but can sometimes be difficult to reach (roads blocked). On the other hand, you can go a bit further south to the more quiet beaches of Lakkos, Monodéndri and Glyfáda, again taking the dirt road and walk a little.
On your way back we suggest you take the western route (12 km) through the traditional villages of Magaziá, Katsimátika and Vlahopoulátika with their Venetian wells, old oil presses and storage houses, which will remind you that this once was a very productive village. The western coastline is steep and rocky with caves and can only be reached by boat.

Beaches in Antipaxos

Vrika beach overview, Antipaxos
Vrika Beach, Antipaxos
Antipaxos, Cliffs on the island
Cliffs on the island of Antipaxos
Vrika Beach, Antipaxos
Vrika Beach, Antipaxos
Travel to Antipaxos Island, Greece

When visiting Paxos it is a ‘must’ to visit Antipaxos,  a very small island only 3 nautical miles from Paxos. Where Paxos mainly has olive trees, Antipaxos has grapes. The last years, this tiny island (3 km long and 1 km wide) has become very popular, specially because of its two “tropical” beaches, Vrika and Voutoumi where the waters are crystal clear and turquoise in colour.

Paxi – what to do?

Blue Lagoon Tour - Antipaxos, Greece
Blue Lagoon Tour – Antipaxos

Boat trips around the islands: Visit and swim in the beautiful blue caves, see the stunning white cliffs of Erimitis and the natural wonder of Tripitos. Then onto the sandy beaches of Antipaxos, where the turquoise waters are simply out of this world! Lay back, relax, and enjoy the beach. The boat makes its way back to Logos via the East Coast dropping anchor at the beautiful half moon bay of Kipiadi for a quick swim and a little ouzo!
This is a great opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful scenery….all in one day.

Hiking in the islands: The Paxi islands are great for hiking as well with its lush and green interior. You will find many old footpaths crossing the islands leading to small chapels and settlements. Find your own secluded beach and take in the stunning views from the hilltops to the blue sea. The best seasons for hiking are in spring and autumn when the weather is still rather cool.

Do remember your camera if you are visiting the villages of Paxos!

How to get to Paxi?

There is no airport in the Paxi islands, the nearest one is in Corfu. Corfu International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias” is receiving flights all-year-round from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Preveza as well as some European countries. Arriving at Corfu Airport you will need a taxi or public bus to reach the port and embark the ferry for Paxi.

Paxos-Corfu, tourists boarding ship
Hydrofoil ferry from Corfu to Paxi

You can also reach Paxi by ferry from Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland, where the ferries are larger and can transfer vehicles as well, in which case the trip lasts an hour and a half. From Corfu the transfer lasts 30 minutes with a hydrofoil ferry.