Two small gems

During the springtime, the islands are covered under a “blanket” of wildflowers, making them an ideal destination for nature lovers. Hikers can explore the lush landscapes, breathing in the scent of wildflowers and herbs that grow in abundance on both islands. In the summer, Paxos and Antipaxos are popular destinations for those seeking a serene getaway amidst the tourist period.

The beautiful beaches are among the most significant landmarks of Paxos and Antipaxos. Both islands are surrounded by turquoise waters and beaches with white sands, providing a perfect spot to enjoy the sun, sea, and plenty of sea activities. Two of the most popular are the calm Voutoumi beach at Antipaxos and the outstanding Gaios Beach at Paxos. Visitors can also explore the hidden coves and bays which are strewn along the coasts, for an even greater and more pleasurable sense of privacy. 

The villages of Paxos are a definite destination for travelers. The island hosts traditional cafés and restaurants, where visitors can taste traditional Greek dishes and local wines. Many villages also have shops where visitors can purchase handcrafted goods and souvenirs. 

For those who seek the ultimate escape from everyday routine, a boat ride from Paxos to the uninhabited Antipaxos will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the uniqueness of the Greek summer in one of their exotic-like beaches.

Nevertheless, regardless of which of the two islands you visit, you will be thrilled by the variety of tasteful local foods. From fresh seafood to traditional Greek dishes, their restaurants have something to offer for everyone. The local specialties that you must definitely try out are seafood – especially octopus and squid – and local wines for which the region is famous.

Paxos: A haven of beauty

Accessible only boat or private yacht, Paxos is the largest of the two islands. Besides being covered with lush vegetation, and with idyllic beaches strewn along the coastline, not to mention its many hidden coves that give visitors the chance to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sun, Paxos is also home to several picturesque villages, each with its own unique character.

The exploration of the island’s exquisite natural beauty is one of the most popular activities available at Paxos. Visitors can go hiking or cycling through the olive groves, vineyards and pine forests, enjoying the panoramic view to the glittering turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea. Many of the island’s beaches are also accessible only by foot or by boat, thus giving visitors an incomparable sense of seclusion.

The Blue Caves, which are a series of impressive sea caves that can be accessed only by boat, are one of the most popular landmarks of Paxos. The caves were named after their bright blue color caused by the reflection of sunlight on the crystal blue waters. Visitors can take a guided boat tour or rent their own yacht to explore the caves at their own pace.

The Venetian Castle (Fortress), built in early 15th century to protect the island from pirate raids, is also a popular landmark of Paxos. The fortress offers an amazing view to the surrounding sea and is an ideal destination for those interested in the island’s rich history.

The impressive architecture of the Church of Saint Nicholas, built in 18th century and considered as one of the most important religious monuments of Paxos, is also one of the island’s characteristic landmarks.

If you are looking for more energetic vacations, Paxos also offers a variety of sea sports, such as kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The island’s crystal blue waters host a rich and diverse sea life, making Paxos a popular destination for spearfishing and diving enthusiasts. Visitors can also rent a kayak and explore the island’s hidden coves and caves, or take a guided boat tour of the coasts of Paxos and nearby Antipaxos.

Antipaxos: A taste of paradise

Antipaxos, the smallest of the two islands, is a veritable heaven for nature lovers. This uninhabited island is full of fragrant wildflowers and herbs, and its beaches are considered as among the most pristine in the entire Mediterranean Sea. The crystal waters of Antipaxos are ideal for swimming with or without a snorkel, and their natural beauty makes the island an idea destination for those who seek peace and serenity.

Other than enjoying the sea at their famous beaches, Antipaxos also possesses hidden gems that are worthy of exploring. Visitors can go hiking to the untamed terrain of the island and appreciate the spending view to the surrounding sea and nearby Paxos. In addition, there are many hidden beaches and coves to be found in Antipaxos, which are accessible only by boat.

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Thematic tourism

Sea Tourism

These two small islands south of Corfu are known for their own unique beaches and crystal clear waters. They are popular destination for yacht owners, because they host some of the finest anchorages in the region. The popular beaches of Paxos include Monodendri, Kipiadi, and Kloni Gouli, while Antipaxos’s notable beaches are Voutoumi and Vrika.

The crystal blue waters of Paxos and Antipaxos are ideal for swimming with or without snorkels, offering the opportunity to explore the underwater world and discover the rich sea life, which features diverse species ranging from colorful fishes to sea turtles.

A very good approach to exploring the hidden coves, sea caves and beaches of Paxos and Antipaxos is to take a boat sightseeing tour. The Blue Caves at the north coast of Paxos are a much-admired landmark that is accessible only by boat. Many excursions available around the area offer stops for swimming and snorkeling, along with opportunities to visit nearby islands, such as Corfu.

Moreover, there are centers offering diving excursions for certified scuba divers, who can explore underwater caves, shipwrecks, and coral reefs. 

Gastronomic tourism and Wine tourism

The Ionian Islands offer a rich and diverse cuisine, a blend of traditional Greek gastronomy and influences from other cultures. By emphasizing locally produced ingredients and the power of taste, it is made evident that the Ionian Islands are a special destination for all food lovers.

The Ionian Islands are famous for their “trademark” tasteful qualities, combining traditional Greek dishes with influences from the Italian, Turkish, and Venetian cuisine. The islands offer a wealth of fresh local ingredients such as fish, seafood, olive oil, vegetables, herbs, and wines. Their gastronomy constitutes a unique experience that is bound to thrill and delight all connoisseurs of fine food. 

Scorpios bourdeto (scorpionfish bourdeto stew) – The traditional Ionian recipe based on fresh scorpionfish, which are abundant in the Ionian Sea region. 

Smerna bianco – Also a local variation of the codfish bianco recipe, this time prepared with moray eel.

Pilafi me pateles – An appetizing dish based on rice and limpets. 

Savouro – Marinated fish with raisins and rosemary, a truly rare taste.

Trygonia me aginares ke koukia – Starlings cooked with artichokes and fava beans, a prime traditional choice if you would like to “switch” from fish and seafood dishes.

Tsilichourdopita – A pie stuffed with liver, rice, wine, and a variety of herbs.

Religious tourism

The Ionian Islands have been a hub of religious activities for hundreds of years, hosting a vast number of churches, monasteries, and Byzantine monuments, many of which are open for religious tourists during the months of summer and spring, whether for pilgrimages or just out of desire to explore the rich history of the region through its religious tradition.

Church of Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Paxos: Located in the village of Loggos, built during the 17th century, decorated with beautiful frescoes, and presenting an impressive bell tower. 

Monastery of Ypapanti: Dating back to the 17th century and one of the most significant religious monuments of the island. The monastery is decorated with attractive frescoes and holy icons, and also features a small museum where visitors can learn about the history of the monastery and Paxos. 

Cultural Tourism

Folklore Museum of Paxos: Located in the town of Gaios, its collection includes artifacts dating back to prehistoric times and classical periods, up to the period of the Balkan Wars and the Greek Epic of 1940.