Paxi is the name given to the smallest group of the Ionian Islands, Greece. The largest of the islands is Paxos, and as a result the entire group are sometimes referred to as Paxos in English. Whatever you like to call them, you are sure to fall in love with this attractive group of islands, which offer more in the way of traditional attractions and a slower pace of life than bigger, neighbouring Corfu, and are perfect for couples on a romantic getaway or families seeking a relaxing summer break.
Paxi, Greece is a charming, laid-back destination that has seen many repeat visitors over the years. The excellent beaches are always a large part of the draw to Paxi, and Paxos beach is the main sandy stretch and a great place to relax with a book and get a tan, away from the busy crowds that flock to some of the other Ionian Islands. The warm, clear waters make for excellent water activities, and sea-bathing is always a popular option. Slightly further out are the small fishing boats and yachts that only add to the picture-postcard attractiveness of the island, and it is even possible to rent such a boat and head out for a day of exploring. Paxos is the largest of the Paxi islands, and consist of the main town of Gaois, and a number of peaceful surrounding villages such as Lakka and Logos. Villages such as these have a decent array of amenities, though you may need to brush up on your Greek before heading in to one of the tavernas to order food or drink, as English is not as widely spoken in these quieter spots! Paxos has the best tourist facilities, including some surprisingly vibrant bars and restaurants.
Paxos holidays offer so much variety and so many towns and villages to visit that it can be hard to find the time to visit any of the other Ionian Islands. Those that do find the time tend to enjoy a day or two in the tourist centre of Corfu; but smaller, less-developed islands such as Kefallonia also have plenty to offer, including some scenery of real unspoilt beauty and more excellent beaches.
Paxos villas can become booked out well in advance for summer months, when temperatures often exceed 30C. Warm temperatures exist all the way from May to late September, and even April and October are good times for a visit to this attractive part of Greece. Winter temperatures are mild, and many tourist facilities are closed out of peak season.
There is no airport on Paxi (Paxos), so the majority of visitors instead fly to Corfu international Airport (CFU), before taking a hydrofoil or sea taxi to their destination island. A hire car or taxi can then be used to get from the port to the Paxos apartments. Several UK airlines fly to Corfu, so shop around to get the best deals.