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What to do on Paxos

Paxos is 7 miles by 3 miles and lies just 9 miles south of Corfu. Because of its size, Paxos has an intimacy that is rarely found elsewhere – you are never far from a beach, a stunning view, a waterfront taverna or bar, a wilderness of olive groves or a general store.

Paxos is not for those wanting organised entertainment, loud music bars, waterparks, Indian and Chinese takeaways (although one Lakka restaurant chef does cook an excellent chicken korma).

Most of the island’s population of 2,500 are friendly, English speaking people who welcome your visit. Talk to them! If you want to discover a nearby beach, a fresh fish taverna, the bakery, a walking trail or even an idea of the island’s history – smile & ask!
Dimitris Aronis with his mum, Sula
Dimitris Aronis with his mum, Sula
Loggos
Loggos

FACILITIES

Our Paxos Manager is Dimitris Aronis – you can contact Dimitris for any help or advice at dimitris_aronis@yahoo.gr or phone/text on (0030) 69735 70801.

Banks/ATM’s
Gaios has three ATM's - one just off the main square, behind the old stone fishmarket slabs, one just opposite Kalimera café bar and one at the Piraeus Bank on the waterfront (turn right from Gaios square and 100 metres along the waterfront).
Lakka has an ATM in the carpark outside the Planos Holidays office.
Loggos has two ATM's on the waterfront.
Some tavernas accept credit/debit cards but not many.

Post Office
Hidden away in a narrow backstreet, not far from Gaios square – ask a local for directions! Just opposite the Post Office is the workshop of Vangelio, who is the only seamstress on the island – her daughter (Iorgia) has a plant shop opposite the bakery in the village of Magazia.

Pharmacies
Gaios: in Gaios square.
Lakka: 30 metres away from the car park, up the left hand road.
Look out for the green cross sign.

Doctors
Kostas (0030 26620 32555 & mobile 697 783 7700) is an English-speaking doctor who attends the Medical Centre in Bogdanatika (0030 26620 3146) each morning and will also make a visit to your villa/apartment in case of an emergency. In addition, there are facilities for taking anyone who needs hospital care to either Corfu or to Ioannina on the Greek mainland.

For the dental surgery – ask at the Gaios pharmacy for directions or contact our manager, Dimitris.

Loggos
Loggos
Gaios
Gaios

SHOPPING

Each village on Paxos is small and you should be able to find a shop for your needs quite easily but if not – smile and ask!

Fishermen come back with their catch quite early in the morning and sell from their boat - ask locally who, where and what time!

Gaios: nearly all the shops are in one of the streets leading off from the main square. There are 4 minimarkets, 2 bakeries, 2 butchers, 2 fishmongers, 1 petrol station plus the ubiquitous souvenir shops.

Just outside Gaios there is a minimarket where you can park directly in front: Tsoutsis – turn right just past the Bogdanatika Medical Centre towards the new port and 500 metres on your right.

Magazia: petrol station, 3 tavernas, minimarket, general store and 2 café bars.

Fontana: small general store, 2 tavernas.

Loggos: 3 minimarkets, a bakery.

Lakka: 3 minimarkets, a bakery, a butcher and a specialist wine shop.

Erimitis beach
Erimitis beach
Monodendri beach
Monodendri beach
Marmari beach
Marmari beach
Voutoumi, AntiPaxos
Voutoumi, AntiPaxos

BEACHES

There are more than 30 beaches on Paxos’ east coast – most can only be reached by sea so hiring a boat is a good idea to commandeer your own beach.

Apart from the man-made sandy beach at Mongonisi and the beautiful AntiPaxos beaches, the beaches on Paxos are pebble.

Olive trees fringe the east coast beaches so there is natural shade but shops do sell beach umbrellas.

There are some stunning beaches and caves on the west coast.

There are boat excursions or you can hire a boat with outboard and explore under your own steam.

Be careful of the afternoon sea swell on the west coast. The east coast beaches shelve gradually and there are no strong under currents.

East coast beaches accessed by road: Kloni Gouli, Annassa and Kakilangada beaches - along the coast road running north from Gaios new port. Kipiadi, Kypos, Marmari and Levrecchio beaches just outside Loggos. Monodendri beach between Loggos and Lakka. Harami beach in Lakka Bay.

Speedboats depart from Gaios square to the 2 AntiPaxos beaches every half hour or so & take around 15 minutes (between the hours of 10.00 and 17.30). Slower boats ply between Lakka & Loggos to AntiPaxos.

There are signs to Erimitis beach on the west coast (on the track leading from Magazia to Erimitis) but there are only parking places for about 2 cars and difficult to turn around so best to visit by boat.

Monodendri and Mongonisi are the only beaches to have sunloungers – there’s a rhyme behind the reason: the two (excellent) tavernas just above Monodendri beach used to charge for sunlounger use. One year a Paxiot started hiring out sunloungers on a beach near Loggos. The Paxos mayor realised that this might set a trend and many of the island’s beaches might be overtaken by an army of sunloungers and Paxos’ natural attractions would be compromised. So – he made it illegal for anyone to charge for the hire of sunloungers. The Monodendri and Mongonisi taverna owners were happy with this as sunlounger clientele might be taverna clientele and Paxos’ other beaches are now delightfully natural.

AntiPaxos
AntiPaxos
Roxy & Taxithi Bars, Loggos
Roxy & Taxithi Bars, Loggos
Gaios
Gaios

WATER AND LAND ACTIVITIES

Boat Hire
There are 3 boat hirers in Loggos, 2 in Lakka and 2 in Gaios. Outboard engines range from 15HP to 140HP – you need a power boat license to hire over a 30HP. July and August can be busy but for other months boat supply usually exceeds demand but if boat hire is to be an integral part of your holiday then best to prebook. For more information or advice contact our manager, Dimitris.

Windsurfing
Ben’s Bar on Monodendri beach is the only place with windsurfing hire.

Scuba Diving
Contact Babis at the Paxos Water Planet: http://www.waterplanet.gr/ or Angelos at Paxos Oasi Club: http://www.paxosoasisub.com/

Mountain biking
Mountain bikes can be hired in Gaios and Loggos.

Tennis
There is a tennis court at the Paxos Beach Hotel, about 1 mile south of Gaios along the coast road, and a municipal court in the tiny village of Fontana.

Walking
Although only 7 miles by 3, Paxos is crisscrossed by hundreds of goat and human paths through the olive groves. The canopy of olives provides shade and most trails should pass close to a cafenion serving cool drinks at some stage.
If you like walking buy Ian Bleasdale’s “Walking Map of Paxos” (http://www.iankbleasdale.co.uk/) – Ian has painstakingly trodden every centimetre of Paxos and this book will introduce you to many of the hidden parts.

Massage
Contact our manager, Dimitris, for details of a visiting beautician.

Monodendri beach taverna
Monodendri beach taverna
Levrechio beach taverna
Levrechio beach taverna
Erimitis Sunset Bar & Taverna
Erimitis Sunset Bar & Taverna
Gaios taverna
Gaios taverna
Magazia cafenion
Magazia cafenion

FOOD AND DRINK

Paxos now has a rich diversity of eateries. Here is a selection of traditional dishes that you can expect to find at some of the tavernas:

Taramosalata: A fish roe dip made with garlic, onion, bread crumbs, olive oil and lemon juice.
Tzatziki: A yoghurt and cucumber dip.
Melitzanosalata: An aubergine dip made with garlic, onion, lemon juice and herbs.
Dolmades: Vine leaves stuffed with rice, egg and lemon sauce.
Zuccini Balls: Fried pates of courgette, dill, feta and lemon juice.
Horta: Traditional local wild greens, boiled. Add plenty of oil, lemon juice and black pepper!
Tiropitta: Cheese pie made with filo pastry
Spanakopitta: Spinach and feta cheese pie made with filo pastry.
Saganaki: Deep fried cheese served with a wedge of lemon
Yigantes: Butter beans cooked in seasoned tomato, garlic and onion sauce.
Scorthalia: A garlic dip made with mashed potato and served cold as an accompaniment to fish or on its own.
Horiatiki: Greek Salad of course!
Moussaka: Layers of aubergine, mincemeat and topped with bechamel sauce.
Papoutsakia: Baked aubergines filled with mince meat, topped with cheese.
Keftedes: Deep fried meatballs flavoured with garlic and herbs.
Stifado: A meat stew with red wine, garlic, bay leaves, sometimes nutmeg, baby onions and tomato.
Kleftiko: A slow cooked lamb stew with onion, herbs, lemon, white wine.
Loukaniko: Spicy sausages.
Yemista: Stuffed tomatoes or peppers. Sometimes the filling includes mince so if you are vegetarian, check before you order.
Fasolakia: Green beans in a tomato and herb sauce.

Local Wines
In nearly all tavernas and restaurants you can buy a half or whole litre of “house” wine – there is a wide variation in taste! It is available in white, red and rose. This wine tends to come from the mainland. A rich, ruby-red wine is produced from the AntiPaxos vineyards but not much so it's not easy to find.

There are now many Greek wineries producing some excellent wines but in small quantities so many are not exported and we are therefore ignorant of the present standards. Even in Greece bottled wine can be expensive when compared to the UK marketplace where prices are more competitive. As a suggestion, try a few bottles from a minimarket, remember the names of ones you like and then see if the taverna stocks one of them.
The supermarkets also sell boxed wine – OINOI Cabernet Sauvignon is very palatable.
Andreas has a wine shop in Lakka called Cava Wines. He has visited all the wineries producing the wines in his shop. Many are excellent and very reasonably priced. Pop in and ask him for advice!

Tavernas
Each village is comparatively small so wander around and choose the taverna which appeals to you. Don’t stand on ceremony – ask to look at what’s cooking in the kitchen – a confident owner or chef will welcome this! Please note that in Greece sometimes the best food can be found in places that look very basic.

Gaios
There is one pizzeria, a few Italian influenced restaurants and then a good selection of traditional tavernas on the waterfront and around the square. Gaios square mainly has café bars but there are a few “snack” tavernas. Dodos and Carnayo are just outside Gaios.

At Mongonisi there is a taverna and a café bar beside the beach.
1 kilometre outside Gaios, in Makratika, are Vontza and Kakalegios tavernas.
Biros taverna is in Bogdanatika. Lilias and Ilias' tavernas are in Magazia.
There are 5 tavernas and 5 café bars in Loggos.
There are 10 tavernas and 6 café bars in Lakka.
On the west coast there is the Erimitis Sunset Bar and Restaurant and at Kastanida the Taverna Sunset – yes, good for sunsets!
At Monodendri beach there is Ben & Eftihia’s taverna & bar and Bastas taverna & bar.

EXPLORING THE ISLAND

Arm yourself with the Bleasdale Walking Map of Paxos (sold locally in a few tourist offices) and wander off the beaten track. You can find deserted villages (where women, children and valuables were hidden away from invading pirates), grand churches with ornate campaniles, tiny hamlets, stunning views, deserted beaches, bored donkeys, olive presses and a beautifully natural escape from a busy lifestyle back home.

MUSEUMS

The Paxos Folk Museum is housed in the old waterfront school of Gaios and offers a glimpse into the history of life on Paxos.

TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL

Ferry, hydrofoil and bus schedules for 2019 will be published in or around April 2019 – watch this space!
Taxi Numbers
Loggos: Christos Argyros (0030) 26620 31607 mobile (0030) 697 747 2747
Loggos: Tassos Mourikis (0030) 26620 31613 mobile (0030)697 664 8486
Lakka: Kostas Antiohos (0030) 26620 31402 mobile (0030) 697 400 2236
Lakka: Vasilis Vasilas (0030) 26620 31426 mobile (0030) 697 6121 923
Gaios: Haris Bogdanos (0030) 26620 32526 mobile (0030) 697 413 5660

NON PROFIT MAKING ORGANISATIONS

The Paxos Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a small Anglo-Greek charity, whose purpose is to improve the plight of animals on Paxos: http://www.pawspaxos.com/

The Paxos Festival Trust organises two festivals each year: the Spring Festival in June with an emphasis on contemporary music and the International Festival in September with a more classical repertoire: http://www.paxosfestival.org.uk/index.htm

Plastic Free Paxos:
https://plastic-free-paxos.org/

LINKS

Local Paxiots and non-Greek residents show off the beauty of their island with a series of activities hosted during the off season months: http://offseasonpaxos.com/