Azure waters, sheltered coves, silver olive groves, quiet fishing villages, the smallest Ionian island of Paxos is a haven of rare tranquility. And just one mile away lies the intimacy of improbably tiny Antipaxos.
Just seven miles long and three miles wide, Paxos encapsulates the magical beauty and variety of the Ionian: over 30 sheltered beaches on the east coast, dramatic cliffs on the west, olive trees and tall pines inland, surrounded by the clearest crystal waters, and fringed with caves, grottoes and unpopulated islands.
About half of the island’s population of 2,500 live in the three villages of Gaios, Loggos and Lakka, and help create that special sense of serenity, sociability and relaxation that characterizes Paxos.
Take a boat trip to the satellite island of Antipaxos and for a short while you can experience a real Robinson Crusoe moment, as you step onto one of the many unspoilt and deserted beaches, and reflect on what makes life so precious.
The epitome of seclusion, with only 30 local inhabitants, Antipaxos provides glorious sandy beaches and crystal waters. With only three tavernas, the ethos here is quality rather than quantity.
With an area of a mere 5 square kilometres and a population of about 50 people, Antipaxos clearly belongs to a world distinct and apart from our usual daily lives. It may have in its history one of the greatest naval battles between the Greek City states of Corinth and Corfu in 432BC but today it prefers to offer those who relish nature’s simplicity an unique escape to some of the best soft sand beaches and clearest water in the Mediterranean.