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Paxos: Live The Local Ionian Island Life

Gaios, capital city of Paxos Island, aerial view. Greece

Greece is often considered one of the best vacation destinations in Europe, if not the World. With its abundance of history, culture, beautiful beaches, exceptional culinary, charming villages and enviable nightlife,

And though all of Greek Islands are worth visiting, most people are familiar with the more popular islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos and Crete but the Ionian Islands hold a special place, as well.

Historically, the Ionian islands have a strong connection with Italy, having been ruled by the Republic of Venice from the mid-14th century until the late 18th century, which is very much witnessed in the architecture of all three islands highlighted in this series: Corfu, Zakynthos, Paxos.


The beautiful small island of Paxos is the ideal place for a total getaway. There is no airport, and the best way to get to Paxos is via a regular ferry service, or a sea taxi, from Corfu town port to Gaios, the island’s capital.

The capital of Gaios, is a charming and picturesque small town, also with some historic Venetian influence in the architecture of its castle and waterfront buildings. Much of the town is pedestrianized, and the narrow streets offer plenty of restaurants and cafés. Activities, which should not be missed, include a day trip (around 90 minutes each way by ferry) to the tiny island of Anti-Paxos, with its beautiful sandy beaches and clear sea, perfect for snorkeling.

Another unforgettable experience is an early evening visit to Erimitis Bar and Restaurant, on a hillside on the west coast of Paxos, where you can enjoy the exceptional sunset while having a drink or dinner.

Paxos is also known as one of the best islands for walking, with recommended walks between Gaios and the village of Lakka, or along the west coast of the island, and a walk to one of the island’s most popular attractions, the Tripitos Arch (a naturally formed rock structure over 20m high).

Mongonissi Estate

This luxury villa to rent on Paxos is one of the largest and most majestic properties available on the island. Located on the southeastern side of Paxos, just a short walk from the beautiful Mongonissi Beach and a 5 minutes’ drive from the fishing village of Gaios, this luxury Greek villa rental has an excellent position on this stunning, small island. There is also a smaller, sandy beach just a short stroll down the hill from the villa although with vast amounts of space, an enormous infinity pool and stunning sea views guests may never want to leave.

This luxury villa to rent in Paxos is comprised of two separate buildings which together can accommodate up to 23 guests making this Greek villa an excellent holiday home for large groups and families looking for space and privacy. Each unit is self sufficient with its own living areas, kitchen and selection of bedroom suites.

The luxury villa to rent on Paxos is finished to a high standard throughout with contemporary furnishings, fresh neutral shades and organic fabrics. The outdoor Mediterranean gardens and sea views are breath-taking and can be enjoyed on one of the numerous furnished terraces. This luxury Greek villa rental offers all the amenities for a relaxing stay and comes with daily cleaning included.

Villa Ostria

Nestled on the edge of the limestone Ostria cliffs, this stunning villa benefits from uninterrupted south westerly views which encompass the cliffs, down to the pine and olive trees and the Avlaki Creek below, to the blue of the Ionian Sea.

From its quiet location, within grounds of one and a half acres, the property, is only a 15 minute walk to the island’s main town of Gaios.

With outdoor space including gardens, terraces, a basketball court, table tennis and an infinity swimming pool, there are also both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Inside, there is also plenty to keep guests occupied, including is a games room with gym equipment, an American pool table and comfortable cinema area.

Villa Dionysus

This outstanding luxury villa to rent on Paxos offers an elegant countryside retreat on the west coast of this small Ionian island. Villa Dionysus offers stunning views over the pine forests and sea beyond and while it feels remote and private, it is only a 15-minute drive from the small fishing villages of Loggos and Lakka and the pretty beaches on the east coast. From it’s position overlooking the western coast of the island, guests staying at this luxury Greek villa rental can enjoy the island’s most breath-taking sunset views.

This luxury villa to rent on Paxos offers a modern and minimalist sanctuary- a design villa with meticulous attention to every detail. Guests can enjoy luxurious pieces of 50’s and 60’s vintage furniture combined with contemporary fittings and floor to ceiling glass walls which slide back and harmoniously join the interiors with the exterior scenery. This luxury holiday rental in Paxos is a fine example of modern style blended with diversified details taken from other designer trends.

Based in London and with over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, The Luxury Travel Book is made possible by a family of avid international travelers who focus on providing the most unique and exclusive full-service holidays. Their passion for picture-perfect stays has expanded into one-of-a-kind experiences with a carefully selected collection of impeccable properties in the top European destination cities, as well as luxury villas inItaly, Spain (Balearics), France (French Riviera), Portugal, as well as the Greek islands! 

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