Local activities on Paxos

The island

 Paxos is a small magical paradise, just 12 by 4 km in the Ionian Sea, south of Corfu. Quiet beaches in small bays with turquoise waters surround the tiny island, which is really one huge olive grove with cypresses and wild flowers, unspoiled by mass tourism. Yet it is only an hour by hydrofoil from Corfu.


On the western side of the island are its famous spectacular cliff formations with sea caves. According to the legend, Poseidon, God of the Sea, created Paxos with a blow of his trident, to create a hiding place for his mistress. Other legends say that Paxos was in fact Circe's island of Homer's Odyssey, the place where the sorceress turned the hero's sailors into pigs. But fortunately she changed her mind, turned the crew back into humans and gave Odysseus directions home. Cleopatra and Mark Antony also seemed to have stayed on Paxos - to rest for a few days after the sea battle of Actium. It's still the ideal place to relax .


Pretty Lakka village harbour frames an almost perfect circular bay. Quiet in the day time, very lively in the evening when, with its 15 tavernas and bars, it becomes one big outdoor dining room, where cars and motorbikes are banned.

The food is much better and more varied than on many other Greek islands. It ranges from the Greek family restaurant Nionios, where you are invited into the kitchen to choose your food, to the bustle of the Diogenis Taverna with its excellent traditional dishes. In the daytime you can enjoy a cappuccino on Akis' waterside terrace while watching the yachts coming in to anchor.


Paxos's unspoiled character has attracted many famous artists and actors over the years. Numerous books have been written here, and you may spot well known faces at the small taverna tables, attracted by the informal, unpretentious atmosphere of the island. Gerald Durrell, writer of My Family and Other Animals, late in life said that Paxos reminded him of Corfu when he was a boy. Lakka's beautiful small Greek Orthodox church is one of the oldest of 65 on the island serving the 2,000 permanent inhabitants. The village has three small supermarkets with mouth watering Mediterranean fruit and vegetables, two bakers, who do very good apple pies and spinach pies as well as different types of bread, and an excellent butcher with ready-made chicken souvlaki's for your barbecue.


Our house is on a hill just outside the village, a quiet, private but not isolated spot. This means that you have the great luxury of an agonising choice: a peaceful night under the stars at home in one of the hammocks or on the terraces, or a very social evening in the village. In May, the fireflies will guide you home. You will wake up to the sound of the cicadas and you will not be disturbed by the late night village sounds. No chauffering duties: your teenage children can go out independently and safely walk home.

"Beautifully restored, wonderful atmosphere. A perfect holiday retreat, even for a family of six." Family from Devon