Book a flight to Paxos and prepare to head off the radar - this little slice of Greece is the ultimate rustic retreat.
Just six miles at its longest, Paxos is one of the dinkiest islands floating off Greece’s west coast. As such, mass tourism hasn’t made its mark here yet – there’s not a fast food joint in sight. In fact, you won’t even find an airport. Flights to Paxos actually touch down in neighbouring Corfu, and a boat brings you over to the island. Rest assured though, it’s all part of the experience. This place may be small, but it does charm in a big way. Think sleepy fishing villages, hushed pebbly beaches and Venetian ruins crumbling slowly in the sun. The little shops and cafés of Gaios are the closest you’ll come to hustle and bustle. So when you want to escape the rat race, flights to Paxos are just the ticket.
Paxos Top 5
WANDER down to the shingle beach of Levrechio. It’s a five-minute walk south from Loggos and it’s one of the few places where you’ll find a taverna right on the beach.
SPEND an afternoon browsing the shops around Gaios’ harbour. Head for the main square and you’ll find little boutiques and family-run stores selling things like ceramics and jewellery.
DINE in style at La Rosa di Paxos. Lakka’s waterfront restaurant specialises in Italian food, and with only eight marble-topped tables, it’s got a really exclusive feel.
WATCH the sun go down in Erimitis on the west coast. The Sunset Bar here is Paxos’ equivalent to Ibiza’s Café Del Mar - minus the hordes of clubbers.
ESCAPE to the tiny island of Agios Nikolaos in the middle of Gaios’ harbour. You’ll find an old Venetian fortress and a couple of churches, whose priests are the island’s only inhabitants.
Just So You Know…
Flights to Paxos touch down at Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport.