Do you need a get away this coming summer holiday season? Do you crave for some peaceful time on a beach away from the crowds? Do you seek pebbles and stones instead of sand with crystal clear waters? If your answer is yes then you can try the relatively unexplored but beautiful beaches on Paxos. Paxos has many beaches but they are not just beaches with translucent waters. The beaches on Paxos are also voted one of the top twenty great escapes by most leading travel magazines.
The island of Paxos is one the smallest islands of the Ionian chain of Greek Islands that lie off the western coast of mainland Greece. Paxos is just south of Corfu and has a rich cultural heritage and very colourful history. Legend has it that Paxos and its surrounding islands were created when Poseidon, the Greek God, delivered a blow from his powerful Trident to the southern tip of Corfu, which floated and resulted in the formation of Paxos. He created Paxos as a resting haven and a secret love nest for him and his mistress Lady Amphitrite whenever they needed to get away.
The Venetians who ruled the island of Paxos from the 14th century still have a lasting impression on the culture and infrastructure of the island. Paxos is known for its crystal clear waters, pebbled beaches, deep caves, olive oil plantation and vineyards. It’s a quaint little island with a population not exceeding 2500 and the major industry is tourism. However the locals also rely heavily on the olive oil production and fishing industry. The best mode of transportation to enter the islands is via sea as there is no airport on the island. The Island of Paxos is covered in olive trees and footpaths which give the island its charm.
The unique thing about the beaches on Paxos is hardly any of the beaches here are sandy, perhaps only one or two. The beaches on the eastern tip of the island are covered in pebbles and the western coast of Paxos has no beaches - only sea rocks against deep cliffs. Most of the beaches are very narrow and pebbly but have clean and crystal clear waters and are perfect for boat excursions and snorkelling. Glyfada Beach Villas is located right on the beach and breakfast is served in the taverna overlooking the coastline.
There are around 30 beaches on Paxos varying in size, but most are well accessed by boat and some are accessible by foot. Some of the most popular beaches on Paxos are:
Monodendri and Glyfada.
Gaios is the capital of Paxos with a stunning harbour which is laced with cafes and tavernas. Mongonissi is the best beach around here which is a sandy beach, ideal for swimming and has excellent coves which are accessible by boats. This beach was recently dynamited out of cliffs and filled with sands.
Lakka has an excellent harbour which is stunningly shaped as a horse shoe, again the waters here are safe for swimming; even for children and there are some amazing sea caves around these waters. Harami and Kanoni are two beautiful beaches inside the bay of Lakka which are a big favorite with families.
Loggos is a small picturesque town and an excellent harbour for fishing; the Levrecchio beach which is the best bet for snorkeling on the islands is close to Loggos. The beaches of Kipos and Marmari are near Loggos too; however these beaches are accessible only by boat or foot. Further south of Loggos is the beach of Pounda, and when you go further south from Pounda, you will reach the Kipiadi beach which is a favorite for anchoring yachts. The most popular beach as you move south is the Monodendri which is famous for its water sports. Glyfada is further south but is accessible only through a steep footpath from the south.
Since the island of Paxos covers a very small area, most of the beaches are close by and can be covered in 3 to 4 days flat, unless you want a more relaxing trip. But if you seek sun and sand then these aren’t the beaches for you however they do have their own charm, which a sandy beach lacks. Most of the beaches are ideal for swimming as the sea here is calm and clean. Sun bathing is also very popular on these beaches. The beaches on Paxos are definitely worth visiting for their uniqueness and tranquility - it's clear to see why they are voted as one of the top twenty great escapes!