Many have probably never even heard of this little island, but it is a
lovely place for anyone who wants a really quiet, relaxing holiday.
A very pretty, green and mountainous little pearl, Paxi offers quite a
few things to see, wonderful beaches and very hospitable people.
The locals live partly off agriculture, fishing and stock breeding, but
to some extent also of tourism. Many of the younger islanders go to one
of the larger Ionians islands in summer for work and then enjoy the
quiet of their own island in the winter.
History Mythology has it that
the lovestruck Poseidon created this island by striking Corfu with his
trident, so that he and his new wife Amfitrite could have some peace and
Even though it might have been inhabited well before then,the
Phoenecians are traditionally held to have been the first settlers on
Paxi. Even the name indicates it, since Pax meant slate in their
The Romans ruled the island from the 2nd century BC, and during the
Byzantine time and Middle ages it was constantly attacked by pirates.
After various rulers and Crusaders had passed Paxi, the island was taken
by the Venetians in the beginning of the 16th century.
At the end of the 18th century, the island belonged to the Napolean
army, and for a while, it belonged to the Ionian Union. During most of
the 19th century Paxi was a British protectorate. The war of
Independence had broken out in 1821 and in 1864 Paxi was liberated.
What to See : Paxi is a sight in
itself since it is very pretty, but there is also a Venetian kastro and
the cave of Ipapanti.
What to Do
:You come here to relax, so bring some snorkelling gear and enjoy the
waters! There are sometimes daytrips to Corfu.
There are some lovely little beaches you can discover of
your own, but the best known are at Gaius and Lakka
Nightlife: There are a few bars
in Gaius, but don't expect any wild partying. In stead, enjoy warm the
summer evenings with a cold drink on one of the quiet little places, or
stay plate on some tavern.
Food: You will find that the taverns
here serve very good, traditional Greek food. You can also get pizza and
pasta at some place.
Shopping: In Gaios there are a couple
of shops where you can buy some of the islands renowned olive-oil and more
There is a bus connecting Gaios and Lakka, and a few taxis.
Apart from that you'll have to walk.
Getting There: There are daily
ferryboats between Paxi and Patras. There are also connections with
|| Phone numbers*
| Size: 25 sq.km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about ca.3000
||Local code: 26620
|Cash machine: Yes, in Lakka
||Health Centre: 31466 :
||Port Police 31222
Paleokastro, 367 m
|Price rate: average
||Telephone company (OTE) 32099
*The info displayed may be inaccurate. If changes have been made, please let us know.