Paxos Island Greece With Kids

There is a small island complex in this sunny country called Greece, which for me is the dreamiest summer destination: the beautiful and lush Paxos!



Useful information

You can get here by ferry from Igoumenitsa port. Igoumenitsa is located at the north of Greece. It’s the port where the ferries from Italy stop, this is why Paxos is a popular destination for Italians. It’s also popular among sailors, as its remote coves and serene Antipaxos island are only reachable by boat.



Where to stay

You can stay at Lakka or near Gaios, the two main harbors, both small and picture perfect. We recommend Lithari Villas, these family villas with pools and gardens, perfect for relaxing and exploring.

Lithari Villas offer a 10% discount when you use code FAMILYHOTELS at your booking (at their website, by phone or email). There’s also a 25% discount for specific dates during summer 2022.



What to do on Paxos Island with kids


The tiniest, most picturesque and wonderful harbour I have been to! At Lakka, this small blue bay full of yachts, you will find the only sandy beach of the island, which can be reached in just one minute from the harbour via an overgrown footpath by the sea. The bay is ideal for a swim to the deserted beach opposite, while the harbour is ideal for… everything:
There are two of my favourite restaurants in all of Greece here, one with gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and the other with an Italian-style fish menu. This is where I found Il Pareo Paxos, a boutique owned by an English couple, specialising in Balinese items for the beach and the Gypset home. There are many quaint little streets between houses built in the traditional style and, if you walk around, you will discover enchanting gelaterias, charming small squares drowned in bougainvillea, and tiny bars serving perfect cocktails. They are so close to each other in tiny Lakka that you can see them all in a matter of minutes!
A walk to the far end of the harbour, the little tavern and the small church is also a must.

Η Λάκκα, όπως φαίνεται από το καραβάκι

Ηλιοβασίλεμα στη Λάκκα

Ο κόλπος της Λάκκας



This is the main port of Paxos and where the boat from Igoumenitsa will put you ashore. It is well hidden behind a small pine-covered island which forms an inlet inside the harbour.
Gaios is clearly larger than Lakka, and a good place to stay either inside the village or in one of the hostels in its vicinity. There is certainly much more to do here, unless you prefer the peace and quiet of Lakka.
The village square is very beautiful. There is a church in the centre surrounded by smart boutiques, quaint cafés and gelaterias and, of course, the blue sea. In the narrow streets that lead away from the square there are shops, bars and other attractions, which make your stay feel more complete and those evening strolls last much longer.
In the harbour there is another of my favourite restaurants in Greece, offering Mediterranean seafood flavours with many twists. The restaurant is on the left side of the harbour, and before you get to it you walk past beautiful cafes which offer a pleasant shade and a view of the small pine-covered island.

Κρουαζιέρες στα νησιά

Στο λιμάνι του Γάιου

Το νησάκι απέναντι απ' τον Γάιο

Perhaps the greatest advantages of both Gaios and Lakka harbours are the boats, which offer a wide selection of cruises and taxi boat trips across the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.



Cruises from Gaios or Lakka are day trips and include a stop for lunch.
Cruises from Corfu to Paxos start very early in the morning. Fortunately, the first stop at lovely Lakka about 10 in the morning totally makes up for the early start. It is peaceful and my favourite gourmet restaurant serves a perfect breakfast with fresh produce right next to the water’s edge.Antipaxos Cruise

Blue Grotto Cruise
Both cruises take you on a full trip round the island of Paxos, passing by the enchanting blue caves of the rocky northern area, where you are certain to dive again and again. Next you will be able to spend some time at the highlight of the Paxi complex:



Ah, Antipaxos… The little sister of Paxos is also green, covered in olive trees and small shrubs. The north side is also rocky, with breathtaking blue grottos. On the other hand, the south side has two of my favourite beaches around the world: Vrika and Voutoumi. Both are sandy, both have crystal-clear blue waters, rich seabeds, and the right depth for a perfect swimming experience. They are connected by a footpath, have sun loungers and umbrellas for hire, as well as tavernas and canteens. Note that Antipaxos is not inhabited, so for your main meal you’d be better to wait until your return to Paxos.
You can get to Antipaxos on a day cruise from either Paxos or Corfu, but, if you live on Paxos, you can make the trip daily, either by taxi boat or by hiring a boat and driving it yourself. Yes, you’re allowed to.

Η παραλία Βρύκα στους Αντιπαξούς

Η παραλία Βουτούμι στους Αντιπαξούς

Δεν είναι πισίνα, είναι οι Αντίπαξοι


Excursion to the island interior

I’ve already said how small Paxos is – so small that you can easily explore its lush interior, with its traditional villages, its picturesque taverns beneath mulberry trees, and olive groves… But also to discover, one after the other, its beaches, both hard-to-access and children-friendly ones. Mind you, they are all pebbly. Of course, they are all in exquisite quiet coves which the cold currents of the Ionian Sea and the small waves never reach!

Ελαιώνες στον Παξό

Η παραλία Γαλάζιο στους Παξούς



Hope this article helps you choose my favorite island for your next trip to Greece!






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