Oct 24, 2023
Located south of Corfu, and part of the Ionian Islands, sits Paxos (also known as Paxi). The once isolated Greek island is slowly transforming in to a luxury getaway.
Each summer the tiny island is hosting more yachts, tourists and domestic travellers, and is fast becoming the hot spot of the Ionian Sea.
For now, though, the island is still that perfect getaway, where you are still able to find a secluded beach all to yourself. The saving grace of the island is that you are unable to arrive to it without passing through Corfu or any of the other major islands in the Ionian Sea. This extra step of travel has kept Paxos off the tourist map.
If quiet coves and crystal clear blue beaches are what you are after, then Paxos is the island for you.
How to Get to Paxos Island
Paxos can be reached by ferry from either Corfu island or Igoumenitsa. From Corfu the ferry ride is only 30 minutes as the hydrofoil is used for the trip.
If you are looking to visit Paxos, you are able to book a ferry below via our Ferry Search tool below.
If you are taking a car and you are departing from Igoumenitsa a larger ferry will be used. The trip will then take 1 hour and 30 minutes.
There is no direct flight from Athens to Paxos, so you will need to fly in to Corfu. From Corfu you are able to catch the hydrofoil to the port of Gaios.
How to Get Around Paxos Greece
When visiting Paxos, the best way to get around the island is by car. There are car rental shops at the port of Gaios but you are also able to bring your own car via the larger ferries.
If you do not feel comfortable driving there are taxi's which you can hire to take you around the island. They are usually located at the port of Gaios. You can also ask your hotel to book you a taxi for the day.
Another option is to take a boat trip around the island. The boat will circle around the island of Paxos and will also take you to the small island of Antipaxos.
Best beaches in Paxos
Logos (Loggos) beach
Located 8km north of Gaios, it is one of the smallest and most beautiful beaches on the coast of Paxos. The beach is not organised, but there are tavernas that are in walking distance from the beach so you will be able to have a drink and some food while visiting.
Located 5km north of Gaios, Maramari beach is a non-organised beach. The beach is made of white pebbles and is easily accessible so it its great for families.
As the beach is not organised, there are tavernas via a short walk to Levrechio.
Located 2km south of Galios, but the start of the beach is only 500 small steps from Gaios. It is a non-organised beach, but as it is located near the port there are many food and drink options around the beach.
The beach is made up of small pebbles and is family friendly.
Even with its small stature it is the best and most popular beach on the island.
Things To Do on Paxos
Visit Antipaxos Island
A must do is to visit the island of Antipaxos. It has some of the nicest beaches in the region.
We have written a blog post that gives you the ins and outs of visiting Antipaxos
Agios Nikolaos Islet
The Islet of Agios Nikolaos is a lush green gem just a stones throw away from the port of Gaios. This idyllic islet, named after a church that graces its grounds.
While the 15th-century Venetian fortress that once stood atop Agios Nikolaos is only some ruins these days, its historical significance and panoramic views makes it a must-visit destination.
Olive Press Museum
Within the olive groves sits the Olive press museum. A family-owned olive oil pressing business that dates to the 18th century. The museum is located outside the village of Magazia, on the road from Gaios to Lakka.
Best places to eat and drink on Paxos
Sitting right on the sea, this seafood restaurant serves some of the freshest seafood on the island. The menu is changed daily, so ask the friendly staff what the options are!
The restaurant is located at Gaios.
Located in Loggos, the small but cozy restaurant serves traditional Greek food. All of the poduces is locally sourced from the island.
Located at Magazia, this restaurant is on the higher end of restaurants on the island. Situated on the beach it is the perfect spot for a gourmet dinner.
Its the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the sea.
Located at the port, this bar stays open all night and day and is a great way to wind down your day! The bar has great music so you will be drinking and dancing through the night.
Where To Stay in Paxos
A charming retreat nestled a mere 50 meters from the glistening shores of Paxos Island.
Wake up to the gentle caress of sea breezes as you step onto your private balcony, offering panoramic views of the mesmerising azure waters.
With its lush garden and sun-kissed terrace, this haven invites you to unwind and soak in the Mediterranean charm.
Located at of Gaios, just 300m from the sea, Elena Apartment offers self-catering accommodations overlooking the coast.
Shops and restaurants are within a 3-minute walk.
All apartments at the Elena have air conditioning and TV with cable channels.