~ BOATS HIRE.
The best way to explore the Island is to tour the coast line is by hiring a boat. There are many beaches which are not accessible by road. At our office we hire fully equipped boats for to 7 people and from 15 to 30 horse power at very good prices.
Our office organizes day trips around the island, to the blue grottoes and to Antipaxos where you will find fantastic beaches with golden sand and turquoise waters. There is also a Sunset Cruise including the protected Islands of Panagia & St. Nikolas.
Fishing for the locals and for the island was and still is one of the basic sources of income, but not only. It is a nice hobby for amateurs. Our office organizes trips with a traditional caique and you can go fishing with a flying-line. An unforgettable experience that you must not miss.
~ SNORKELING - DIVING
Our island offers clear water and a wonderful seabed whose structure makes the visitor explore it. For beginners the only thing needed is a mask and for more advance divers there is a diving center in Lakka that can offer you a wonderful experience.
For more information please ask us.
~ WATER SPORTS
Most beaches in Paxos are un-commercial, there are however still a couple of options for Watersports.
Levrchio beach (which is within walking distance from Loggos harbour) offers activities such as Canoe kayak- Sailing dinghies.
Or you can rent your own Sport ,Speed Boat Deluxe with Water sports available, ski's & ringo's provided (for children)
In Monodentri Beach (just north of Loggos), windsurfs, pedalows, Sun bed and umbrella hire are also available on this beach.
~ COVES AND BEACHES
Paxos is blessed with many attractive beaches part of the fun is exploring the coastline a lot of the beaches are accessible by car, however like most islands there are still quite a few tucked away where you can only access by boat. The small shingle/stoney beaches scattered around the local coastline provide pleasant spots to relax and watch village life. We have listed some particularly notable beaches.
Only a 5 minute walk south of Loggos, a small beach that has a taverna set back from it, which also has changing facilities.
Is accessible from Levrechio (walk to the left of the Taverna and watch for the small sign pointing out the path for Marmari on the left). A pretty little beach that has olive trees to provide natural shade
If you continue walking south from Marmari you will come to Kipos, much like Marmari in that the beach is edged with olive trees. This can also be accessed by car. Take the turning at Kontogianatika (approximately 1km south of Loggos) follow the road till the end, the path is to the left of the stoned wall, take care walking down to the beach, it can get a little steep.
A beautiful half moon bay. Another stony beach, however the stones here are quite flat. There is no natural shade or hiring of sunbeds or umbrellas
Taking the same turn for Kipos at Kontogianatika you follow the road for approximately 200m where there is a small intersection (and normally a green large rubbish bin on the right) take the right turn and follow the road til you get to a T junction, turn right here there is a small amount of parking on the side of the road and some further (or about 6 cars) at the end of the road. It takes about 5 minutes to walk down to the beach from the road.
One beach that is accessible by car on the west coast. This is a good beach if you want to see how different the west coast is from the east. To the right of the beach (facing the sea) there is a type of muddy clay that you can rub on your body to cleanse it! Large rock shelves that you can go exploring on and a beautiful spot to watch the sun set.
Located on Mogonissi in the south of the island (which is attached to Paxos by a small causeway. This is the only sandy beach on the island the sand is bought in especially. A taverna set back from the beach that hires out sunbeds and umbrellas. There are also pedlars to hire here.
For the lovers of nature, Paxos is the unique place for walks.
In our office you can find the most detail map of : BLEASDALE WALKING Map & Booklet OF PAXOS.
The endless paths through the olive groves and cypress groves but also the paths covered with stones between stone walls that lead to old villages or churches and water tanks, give the walker an impressive experience
The walking in Paxos is wonderful, and often the best way to really see the heart of the island. If you are out and about, some suggestions would be to visit Tripitos (an impressive stone arch on the west coast) although it looks daunting to walk across it, the closer you get it becomes clear that there is access. Do take care though!
Walking on the west coast to view the dramatic white cliff of Erimitis or a visit to the Deserted Village are both worthwhile outings and are places of interest that many visitors who enjoying walking tend to seek out.
Most paths or tracks on Paxos are usually worth exploring, and since the island is relatively small, there is little chance of getting lost. Head off through the olive and cypress groves, with a picnic packed and discover tiny inland settlements like Klonatika, Fontana and Anemogianatika.
The island's coastline also offers fine walks, walkers can beach-hop along the east coast between the three ports of Gaios, Loggos and Lakka, or climb up the steeper slopes of the west coast to get a spectacular view of the waves crashing into the sheer limestone cliffs and rocks below.
Of course whilst walking there are many wonderful aspects of the natural environment to enjoy. In particular Paxos is becoming increasingly more popular a destination amongst bird-watchers. Visitors who have brought binoculars along may find it worth taking them on a walk since Golden orioles, buntings, hawks and rock doves are all common on the island, as is the Scops
The Museum in Gaios
Housed in what was the old Junior School on the south side of the harbour the museum shows of the many different influences the island has had. There are fossils and pottery from the classical period, tools and guns from the Venetian time and examples of the grand life that had been lead by some with its various furnishings.There is also a splendid collection of clothing and a 17nth centuy bed with wooden rings hanging above for a lady to rest her feet during her fist wedding night. Next to it is a babys cot and various items from a ladys dressing table.
The kitchen settings in the next hall illustrate the grand life style of years gone by.
The Museum opend in 1996 by the Cultural Society of Paxos and is open every day during the summer. It has been very generously supported by the Paxiots,who have donated or loaned most of the exhibits.
The Musem is open from 10:00am 2pm daily.
The Olive Press Musuem
Located in Magazia (small village in the middle of the island). The museum has been restored by the daughter of the last owner of the press the press was established in 1865 and stopped production in 1964. You can walk around the small museum or if you pay EUR2.00 she will explain to you with great enthusiasm the workings of the old manual machines and tell you with great fondness her memories of when it was working.
~ FESTIVALS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Jan 1 New Years Day (Protochronia) is also a celebration of Agios Vassilios (St. Basil) celebrated with church services and the making of Vassilopita (sweet New Years bread) which contains a coin that is said to bring its finder good luck throughout the year.
Jan 6 Epiphany (Agia Theofania Ta Fota for short) when the hobgoblins (kalikantzari) who run riot during the 12 days of Christmas are banished back to the nether world by the church.
Feb / Mar Pre Lenten Carnivals. This period is known as Apokries and spans 3 weeks before Easter; it finishes on Clean Monday (Kathari Deftera), which is the start of lent. This tradition dates back to the Venetian era and is known as carnival (karnavali).
Easter (dates alter) By far the most important festival of the Greek year! An excellent time to be in Greece, in order to enjoy its religious ceremonies and for the feasts and celebrations held.
Good Friday Church processions take place across the island in the evening as the Jesus icon is carried from Church to Church.
Easter Saturday Again the Icon is carried from Church to Church, with flowers being laid on the road before. There is spectacular fireworks display put on around the island on the stroke of Midnight.
Easter Sunday The Lenten fast is traditionally broken early on Sunday after returning from the midnight service on the Saturday, usually with magiritsa (traditional Easter soup consisting of lamb tripe, rice and lemon).
Mar 25 Independence Day and feast of Annunciation (Evangelismos). This date signifies both a national holiday and also a religious festival. Military parades and celebrations occur to mark the Greek revolt against Turkish rule in 1821 and church services take place to honour Mary having been chosen to become the mother of Christ. Major festivities are held where monasteries and churches are named Evangelismos or Evangelistria
Apr 23 Feast of St. George, patron of shepherds. If April 23 falls before Easter, during lent, festivities are postponed until the Monday after Easter.
May 1 Mayday. National holiday. Townspeople usually head for their country retreats or go for picnics. Wreaths of flowers are hung on the doorways of their houses.
May 21 Ionian day. This is a local holiday to the Ionian region of Greece; as it marks the anniversary of their being united with mainland Greece (1864). Celebrated with parades in the town, it is also a celebration for Agia Eleni and Agios Konstantinos.
Jul 26 Agia Paraskevi day. Celebrated in many monasteries and churches bearing the same name.
Aug 15 Assumption of the blessed, Virgin Mary (Apokimisis tis Panagias). This is the only day that the island of Panagia is available for people to visit, boats leave all through the day from Gaios harbour for people to visit this old Monastry.
Sep 8 Birth of the Virgin Mary (Genisis tis Panagias). Special church services are held, dedicated to this event.
Oct 28 No day (Ohi day). A National holiday with parades celebrating Metaxas reply to Mussolinis 1940 ultimatum.
Dec 25 Christmas day (Christougenna). A much less celebrated day in Greece compared to Easter. However, in recent years it has acquired a western Christmas feel with all the trimmings.
Dec 31 New Years Eve. (Paramoni Protochronias). Celebrated by children singing carols (kalanda) receiving money in return.