Highlights of Paxos
The main settlement of Paxos has retained all of its identity as a charming little fishing port and, with just 500 permanent residents, can be considered a village. Its coastal road, overlooking colourful fishing boats, overflows with cafes and tavernas serving the island’s lucky visitors. There’s a wonderful contrast between the traditional 19th-century buildings and little alleyways and the cosmopolitan crowds mooring their yachts and sailing boats here. You’ll especially like the colourful touches of shop and bar owners and there’s a good Folklore Museum. A special tip is to visit the islet of Agios Nikolaos opposite the entrance to the port, where you’ll find the ruins of a Venetian fortress and a chapel.
There’s something irresistible about the little village of Lakka. A naturally safe harbour, it’s a favourite of yacht and sailing boat crews who come not just for the setting of turquoise-coloured water and hillside greenery but also the flavours and character of the village itself. The architecture is unmistakably Venetian and the cuisine is a mix of Greek and Italian (the ice creams are excellent). You’ll have no difficulty finding a cosy bar or restaurant for dinner (or filling your Instagram feed). And it’s clear that even the locals are inspired by everything around them. There are shops selling beautiful artwork, painted on clay or tiles, of different scenes from Lakka.
The smallest coastal settlement on Paxos (but no less colourful than the rest) is Loggos, with an intimate marina and a quiet little beach. Famous for its seafood, Loggos is a must for lunch or dinner, whether you’re in the mood for something traditional or gourmet. Boats also leave from here for day trips around Antipaxos. And a final tip is to follow your nose to the bakery in the port, where you can buy snacks and fuel up for more exploring.
And a bonus
Near the village of Magazia, Erimitis (Hermit) offers possibly the best beach-sunset combination on Paxos (high praise indeed). It’s a wonderful spot for dinner or a cocktail, especially when there’s live music.