Islands around Paxos
Around Paxos there are several little islands which can be visited by kaiki and sea-taxi. Some are so close to Paxos that you can swim!
Anti-Paxi, the famous little sister with its wonderful beaches and turquoise blue water, is approximately 3 nautical miles south of Paxos. The tiny island is only 12 square km. Its highest point is 106 m. Here you will find small hamlets like Vigla, Stavrou en Arvanátika. Anti-Paxos has a few tavernas and about 50 houses, mostly occupied at weekend or during the summer. You can get there by a boat excursion from Gaios to Agrapida port, or hire a boat and explore the island. There's a road and Anti Paxi is great for strolling around. The superb Vrika and Voutoumi beaches are are famous throughout the Ionian. The southern part of the island is rocky with beaches such as Rodovani. On Anti-Paxi the church of Ag. Emilianos is worth a visit. Anti-Paxi is one large vineyard. The local wine is strong and of good quality. Anti-Paxi has no shops and is the perfect place for those seeking solitude, simplicity and serenity.
Anti-Paxos can be reached from Gaios by seataxi in 15 minutes. By kaiki it taks about half an hour. The island can also be visited by daily boat excursions from Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. Anti-Paxi has no hotel, only some rooms and private villa rental.
The main beaches on Anti-Paxi are Vrika en Voutoumi. Voutoumi is pebbly but sandy in the water, Vrika is a sandy beach. Both beaches have tavernas, sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. Above Voutoumi Beach is the Bella Vista taverna reachable after a short, steep climb but the view is definately worth the effort! Around the island there are numerous small beaches, few small and beautiful secluded coves that can only be reached by boat. Agrapida is excellent for snorkeling. From Agripida port a network of narrow tracks leads up to the interior of the island, passing through orchards of fruit trees and vine yards. The local grape produces some good wines. Also there are the more quiet beaches like Radovani and Sarakinika.
Panagia:the islet of the Virgin Mary is located in Gaios Bay and has a church dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, which is built on an early Christian cruciform church, of which one part remains as the sanctuary. On the 15th of August the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is celebrated here. From here there's a very nice view to Gaios.
Ag. Nikolaos: is separated from Gaios by a narrow channel. The highest point is 56 m. The islet takes its name from the chapel of St Nicholas which stands on it. The other church is dedicated to Ag. Ioannis. There is also a ruined windmill on Ayios Nikolaos and a Venetian castle (1423). The walls of the castle are ruinous today, but there is a very fine view of the harbour from it. The island can be visited with permission of the Municipality Phone 32100.
Daskalia is a small uninhabitaded rocky island south from Paxos. It is only accessible by boat.
Mongonisi is a small peninsula with Mongonissi beach south from Gaios. Accessable by coastal road and small causeway. From Gaios kaiks go to Mongonisi. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and snorkeling are amongst the available activities. There's a taverna right on the waterfront. On Mongonisi there's also the ruin of a chapel.
Kaltsonisi a tiny round island 50 m east of Mongonisi. On the waters edge there's the small St. Spiridon church (1686).