Paxoi, which are also called the â€œBenjamin of the Ionian Islandsâ€, are located 7 miles south of Corfu, just 8 miles from the mainland coast and 12 miles from Parga. Paxoi is dominated by olive groves and Antipaxi, PaxÃâ€™s little sister island, by vineyards which produce the famous black wine. Antipaxi is also famous for its exotic beaches Vrika and Voutoumi.
According to the legend, the island would be the southernmost tip of Corfu, if the God of the Sea, Poseidon, had not broken it off with his trident when he needed a god-deserving place to live his love with the Nereid Amphitrite. Its capital and main port, Gaios (GÃ¡ios), is separated from its natural breakwater, the tiny island of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas), by a narrow channel, displaying one of the most beautiful port sceneries in Greece.
Visit the picturesque villages of LÃ³ggos, LÃ¡kka and OziÃ¡s, tucked away in pine and olive trees. In the areas of OziÃ¡s, YanÃ¡ and GlyfÃ¡da, sulfur thermal springs offer an alternative treatment for rheumatics and other health conditions. Innumerable ravishing beaches await the fitter ones as a starting point for scuba diving into underwater caves and shipwrecks and for top-notch windsurfing.
The port of PaxoÃ (GÃ¡ios) is a natural harbor formed in front of the houses of the city of PaxoÃ, which is the capital of the island. The port can be approached by the N entrance having a width of approximately 230 m or by the S which has an entrance width of approximately 30 m and 2 m depth.
Only 2 km or so south of Paxos is the island of Antipaxos; an even smaller, almost uninhabited with small vineyards. There are two beaches in the north end, Vrika and Voutoumi, Here you have some of the finest clear blue seas in the world safe for swimming and snorkeling for all ages.