Paxos and Antipaxos is the smallest island group within the Ionian IslandsThe area of the island of Paxos is 76 square kilometers. In Greek mythology, Poseidon created the island by striking Corfu with his trident, so that he and his wife Amphitrite could have some peace and quiet. Paxos island boasts an impressive natural landscape with lush vegetation, is dotted with beautiful shores and exotic beaches, and has a rich culture! Combining cosmopolitan vibes with natural beauty, Paxos is a hidden Ionian gem, it has been characterized as one of the 20 most beautiful destinations in the world, that will surely make its way to your bucket list. Gaios, the port of Paxos is beautifully nestled between two green islands, Paxos and Agios Nikolaos, shaping a natural fjord. Except for being the island’s port, Gaios is also Paxos capital. Having an architecture, influenced by Venetians, in this little town you’ll find some beautiful buildings, such as the building of the English government and the church of Agioi Apostoloi.
Another thing about Gaios is its natural landscape, consisting of lush green olive groves. Its beautiful landscape, combined with its traditional character, makes this little town the perfect spot to start your exploration from! The western coast of Paxos abounds in sea caves, some of them are so big that cruise boats and ships can easily go inside. The most popular cluster of sea caves on the island is near Erimitis beach. The seawater around the cave is vivid blue and thus they call them “THE BLUE CAVES”.The roof of one of the caves has collapsed and formed a hole through which the sunshine peeks inside.
Antipaxos is a paradise, just a breath away from Paxos. This tiny unspoiled island boasts one of the most impressive natural landscapes you’ve ever seen. If you’re someone who loves isolation and relaxation, Antipaxi is the remote paradise you’ve been looking for! Once you set your foot on the island, you’ll be impressed by its peaceful atmosphere. The highlights of Antipaxos, though, are its beaches! Virgin, with transparent waters, Antipaxos beaches will blow your mind. The best beaches of the island are Vrika and Voutoumi.
Vrika is the first beach you come upon, arriving on the island. Covered with sugar-fine white sand, it has the most dreamy emerald waters! The water at this beach is shallow, so it’s a great choice for families with little kids. Apart from families, though, Vrika beach is ideal for those who love snorkeling. That’s because, on the north side of the beach, there is a cave, perfect for underwater exploration.
Voutoumi is another beautiful beach on the northeastern side of the island. You’ll find this beach inside a large cove with turquoise waters, surrounded by huge rocks. (Wild natural beauty, or what?) The water on this beach is also shallow and perfect for snorkeling.