Last updated on June 1st, 2020 at 09:07 pm
Of course, no one who is in Corfu should miss a visit to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.
A small 2 main islands cluster few miles south from Corfu.
Mythology says than Poseidon*, the God of the sea, struck Corfu with his trident and created a separate island to quietly enjoy his romance with his wife Amphitrite, a sea Goddess.
*(Poseidon is the Greek God of the sea, the Romans borrow him as they borrow all Olympian Gods and renamed them! they rename him as Neptune, as he is known today – This is common in the western world, to use the Roman replicas instead of the original Greek names of the Gods!!! )
Paxos is an island that has been called one of the 20 most beautiful islands in the world, where among other things to see are the huge sea caves with turquoise waters, far larger and more beautiful than other caves in Ionian islands.
Paxos and Antipaxos islands
The west coast of Paxos island is rocky without many beaches but it has many captivating large caves, the blue caves of Paxos, it is a unique experience to discover these caves, the easiest way to see them is to book for a boat trip from Gaios port.
The Map of Paxos islands
Find a larger Paxos map here
Gaios – the capital of Paxos
Gaios is a Latin name given to the village by the Venetians, it is the capital of Paxos and a very captivating landscape.
The whole village along with the port is covered by two small islets, the northern and the smaller is called the Nisaki or Panagia and the southern and closer to the port is the island of Saint Nikolaos, so when you enter the port you have a feeling that you sail inside a river.
It is a perfect large natural port with lovely scenery on both sides.
From here you can hire a small speed boat, along with the captain, to explore the amazing beaches of Antipaxos a few miles south.
Antipaxos and Voutoumi beach
Antipaxos island is situated 1.5 miles south of Paxos.
The smaller jewel of the Paxos islands cluster, famous for its extraordinary beaches.
Island don’t have permanent residents, it is habitable only during the summer months by people operating the few tavernas along the beaches.
It is a very small island, only 5 square kilometers large, covered exclusively by olive trees and vineyards.
It has one small harbor called “Agrapidia“, one mile south of the most beautiful beach in the Ionian Sea, this is the beach of Voutoumi, made of silk white gold sand and has the cleanest and brightest blue-green waters in the whole Ionian sea.
It is visited during the summer by yachts from everywhere.
Also by boats from Corfu and Paxos, and from the nearby mainland villages of Parga and Sivota.
At 432 BC and in the area between Paxos, Antipaxos, and Sivota we had one of the biggest naval battles of antiquity, between the Greek city-states of Athens and Corfu from one side and Korinth in the other, in this battle, the Corfiots and Corinthians lost 70 and 30 triremes respectively.
Lakka village at the north
Lakka is the larger village at the north tip of Paxos, a large bay and a well-protected natural port, there are many yachts mooring here, scattered inside the bay.
More villages and population of Paxos
The population of the municipality of Paxos counts 2300 inhabitants, scattered mostly in the capital Gaios and in the 18 settlements, some of which have only a couple of families.
There are some more villages in Paxos, Loggos at the east coast and Magazia in the interior are the larger, also there are many smaller settlements all around the island.
Antipaxos, the second island of the cluster
Moggonisi, a small island, at the south end of Paxos, separated from it by a narrow line of water, no bigger than one meter, you can walk to this island with a small jump.
Katsonisi, is a smaller round shaped islet just after Moggonisi, the distance between the two is only a few meters.
Nisaki of Panagia and Agios Nikolaos, are the two islands parallel to the port of capital Gaios.
Lakka, is the second in population village of Paxos, exactly at the north tip facing Corfu.
Longos or Loggos, the third bigger village on the Northeast coast.
Magazia, the fourth-largest settlement in the interior.
Other small communities are: Makratika, Ozias, Platanos, Porto, Velianitatika (or Veliantatika), Vlachopoulatika, Bogdanatika, Manesatika, Zenebissatika, Mastoratika, Anemogianatika, Apergatika, Argyratika, Arvanitakeika, Aronatika, Dalietatika, Gramatikeika and more…
All communities are named after the surname of their inhabitants.
Makratika named after Makris family, Velianitika from Velianitis, Vlachopoulatika from Vlachopoulos, Zenebissatika from Zenebissatis, Apergatika from Apergis family, Argyratika from Argyros, Arvanitakeika from Arvanitakis, Aronatika due to Aronis, Dalietatika by Dalietos, Gramatikeika by Gramatikos, Bogdanatika from Bogdanos, Manesatika from Manesis, Anemogianatika from Anemogiannis, Mastoratika from Mastoras…etc
History and Culture
The first settlers on Paxos during the Neolithic era were Phoenicians, The name Paxos derived from Pax, which meant trapezoidal in Phoenician language.
Since antiquity, Paxos, and Antipaxos history have followed the historical course of Corfu island.
Culture also is the same as that of Corfu as the same conquerors passed from here and left the same marks, language also has about the same influences.