Paxos: the charming capital Gaios
Gaios is the capital and main harbour of the island, built in the creek of a closed bay protected by the islets Agios Nikolaos and Panagia. Gaios is a charming cosmopolitan village with facilities as a Bank, Postoffice and ATM's.Altough tourist shops prevail in Gaios there's a good range of other shops, chic boutiques and old-fashioned stores, shops with household goods, minimarkts, bakeries etc. not to forget the Cava; one of the few places where you can bzy the local wine and olive oil. Gaios harbour is quite busy with fishing boats, day-trip-boats and flottilas. The part outside the town opposite Panagia island, is mainly used by the hydrofoils, the larger ferries and supply boats. From here's it's a pleseant stroll along the quay to the center of Gaios.
The village is named in honor of one of the disciples of Apostle Paul - Saint Gaius, who brought Christianity to the island. His tomb can be visited in the sanctuary of the Church of Ag. Apostili. Gaios is the center of commerce and culture of the island. In the preserved building of the old Primary School building the Museum of Paxi is housed. In the yard there's a collection of stone tools, oil tanks and inside the museum there are prehistoric tools, fossiles and amphoras. Furtheron one can see the "way of life" of old times; a rich collection of clothes, furniture and the most famous book about Paxos, written by the Archduke of Austria Ludwig Salavator. End of August - early September the annual International Music Festival takes place in Gaois. Gaios also has a statue for Gorgios Anemogiannis, the Captian of a fire ship. Paxos one on the few greek islands that has not been occupied by the Turks.
Gaios square, facing the harbour and tiny islets opposite, is a good place to sit, have a café frappé and enjoy the atmosphere of this attractive town. There are a number of tavernas around the square and the tiny lanes that lead off are lined with local shops, cafe bars, more tavernas and gift shops. In the centre of the square is the Orthodox Church. In general, Gaios is quiet most of the time except in July and August when a lot of day-trippers come in from Corfu and Parga on the mainland.
Beaches can be found just outisde the center to the south Gianna Beach and Plakes en to the north Kioni Gouli Beach. A bit further away there's Mongonissi and little boats and watertaxis can be taken to go Ag. Nikolaos or Anti Paxi.
There's a regular bus service from Gaios to Lakka and Loggos.
In and around Gaios there are some lovely villas and apartments where you can have a great holiday. Klick on the picture to find out more about the specific properties.