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Possibly the most tranquil of the Greek Islands
Paxos is known locally as Paxi (Greek: Παξοί, pronounced Paksi in English ) and it is the name given to the smallest cluster of the Ionian Islands (set in the Ionian Sea), sometimes known as the Heptanese Islands. The word Paxos is thought to be derived from the word 'slate'.
The largest island is Paxos (where everybody stays) and Antipaxos (a smaller nearby island famous for its wine and two of the finest sandy beaches in the Ionian Sea). Antipaxos is inhabited by a few hundred people only. Paxos has a permanent population of approximately 2,300 inhabitants.
Paxos is 14 kilometres south of the popular holiday island of Corfu. 20 kilometres to the east is Parga on the mainland of Greece. Paxos covers an area of some 19 square kilometres.
There is no airport - Paxos can only be reached by ferry boat, hydrofoil and recently by sea plane. This means that Paxos has remained one of the smaller, relatively unspoiled resorts of the Greek Islands.
Paxos is characterised by its extensive olive groves. On Antipaxos, there is large vineyard.
The eastern coastline of the islands is gentle with many hidden coves and relaxed (if rather stony) beaches. The west coast is much more dramatic, with caves, arches and shear cliffs.
The capital of Paxos is Gaios a picturesque port. The port is protected by Agios Nikolas and Panagia, two small islands.
On the Northern side of the island is the village of Lakka and on the east side is the beautiful, very Shirley Valentine, village of Loggos.
History of Paxos
It is thought that Paxos was inhabited in prehistoric times. The first settlers are thought to be the Phoenecians.
The name Paxos, is thought to be derived from Pax which meant slate in Phoenecian language.
Romans to 14th century
Romans ruled the island from the 2nd century BC. During during the Byzantine period and Middle Ages it was constantly attacked by pirates. After various rulers and Crusaders had passed through, the island was claimed by the Venetians at the end of the 14th century (still evident in the style of architecture on the island).
During the Napoleonic wars, all the Ionian Islands were captured by the French, a Russo-Turkish alliance, and finally by the British, who established the Ionian Union in 1815.
In 1864, together with the rest of the Heptanese, Paxos was ceded to the Greek state.
The harbour at Giaos