Paxos is a small chic island South of Corfu that measures approximately eight miles (13 km) in length and is covering in olive groves and pine forests reaching down to the beaches. The West coast is dominated by steep white, chalky cliffs that lead to azure blue waters and caves that are frequently visited by passing boats. The East coast meanwhile, like Corfu, has small inlets and sheltered bays with villages and tavernas.
The main port of Gaios is where the ferries and sea taxis come into and is a bustling waterfront community of shops, bars and tavernas. Up the coast further to the North is the delightful fishing village of Loggos famed for its old brick building that used to be a soap factory. Again here there is an abundance of upmarket tavernas and cafes. On the Northern tip of the island is a large (by Paxos standards) harbour by the name of Lakka which is popular with passing sailing yachts as it provides safe overnight anchorage in its turquoise waters and again a selection of fine restaurants, shops and bars.
A road runs along the centre line of the island which divides East from West and several small hamlets dot the road as you drive along, one of which is Magazia, a lovely village that gives access onto Erimitis on the West Coast which is famed for its sunsets.
A visit to Paxos isn't the same without a trip to Anti Paxos its sister island which boasts some of the best beaches in Greece, with azure blue waters that can only be rivalled by the likes of the Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
Over the years many of the islands old houses have been renovated by Greek, British and Italian owners giving life back into the properties that had once been the heart of the island. In recent time some outstanding luxury villas have been constructed mostly in the Paxiot style which uses old stone and traditional features whilst enjoying all mods cons as it to be expected with modern living.