Overview of Paxi and Antipaxi
“Size doesn’t matter” in the case of Paxi and Antipaxi, the smallest islands of the Ionian Sea. 19 and 3 square kilometers of land, respectively, are gifted with such undeniable natural beauties, that make them extremely popular among all Greek islands. Both guarantee relaxing, peaceful vacations with a deeply traditional feeling, while their “compact” charms help visitors feel immediately at home.
Cosmopolitan Paxi is an endless olive grove with picturesque bays, beautiful villages, cliffs and sea caves. Antipaxi is a “miniature” paradise with exotic beaches and vast vineyards that produce the well-known local black wine. Two green islets -Panagia and Agios Nikolaos with its Venetian fortress- await you before entering the port of Paxi capital, Gaios. White houses with red roof tiles, lush vegetation and crystalline blue-green waters fascinate you at first sight. An inland tour reveals villages that disperse some very old windmills, olive presses, as well as stone cisterns.
Evidently, Paxi offer more accommodation and gastronomy options, compared to Antipaxi. In any case, both attract nature lovers, families, couples and yacht vacationers – and mainly because of the latter, prices are quite high compared to other Greek island destinations. Legend says that the island of Paxi was created when sea god Poseidon cut off with his trident (aka the island’s symbol) a small part of nearby Corfu, to make a love nest for him and his mistress Amphitrite. The myth might actually be true: Paxi and Antipaxi are indeed a special, divine place to be!