Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
- How do I get to Paxos?
- How long does it take to get to Paxos?
- What is access like for disabled persons?
- Is Paxos suitable for young families?
- What about teenagers?
- What is the night life like in Paxos?
- What are the beaches like?
- What is accommodation like?
- How expensive is Paxos?
- When is the best time to visit Paxos?
Most visitors to Paxos arrive via Corfu. For full details of travelling to Paxos, see the Getting There page.
Flight time to Corfu from the UK is typically around four hours. A short taxi ride takes you from Kerkyra airport to the port in Corfu Town. From here, the hydrofoil ferry to Gaios takes approximately one hour. If the hydrofoil sails via Igoumenitsa, then the sailing time is approximately ninety minutes. The Air Sea Lines sea plane service takes approximately 25 minutes to make the journey between the port at Corfu Town and Gaios, though the flight time is only 7 minutes. The ferries from the Greek mainland port of Igoumenitsa take approximately ninety minutes to make the crossing. High speed ferries from Bari and Brindisi in Italy take approximately four hours to reach Paxos. See the Getting There page for full details of travelling to Paxos.
Contact the operators of the various transportation companies, including the hydrofoil and sea plane services, for full details of accessibility via their respective modes of transport. Contact details can be found on the Getting There page. Once in Paxos some people may find that the rugged and hilly terrain proves to be challenging. Most of the pathways through the island are uneven and are not metalled, with many beaches and villas only accessible over steep and rocky terrain. For full details of catering for your specific needs, check with your tour operator or agent.
The journey time to Paxos may be a factor when deciding upon a holiday in Paxos with a young family. The island is a quiet and friendly place that most families will enjoy. Most beaches on Paxos are shale or stone and swimming is considered safe. Few, if any, of the beaches on Paxos have life guards on duty.
The quiet and relaxed lifestyle of Paxos may not suit some teenagers, though there are three discos in Gaios. The water sports may, however, make up for the lack of night time excitement. There are plenty of boats available for hire from Gaios, Loggos and Lakka. Also in Lakka there is a water sports equipment rental shop and scuba diving school. An excursion to Anti-Paxos or a trip to the west coast Blue Caves may also keep teenagers happy.
Paxos is a relatively quiet place, though In Gaios there are three discos and a dozen or so bars. There are plenty of restaurants and tavernas to choose from in all three main villages. If you are looking for a holiday destination that has lots of night clubs, then Paxos is probably not the place for you.
Most of the 25 or so beaches in Paxos are located on the east coast of the island and are comprised mostly of shale or while pebbles. Lakka has the sandiest beach on the island, though there is a sandy beach on Anti-Paxos. Hiring a boat from one of the many rental outlets in Gaios, Lakka or Loggos is a fun and enjoyable way to explore the coast line and discover secluded coves and beaches. The more accessible beaches on the island can be busy during the peak holiday season. The beaches typically shelve gently into the clear and warm water.
Whilst there are a couple of hotels on the island, most visitors to the island stay in rented villas. Many of the villas have private pools and are usually of a good standard. The villas can be rented privately directly from the owner or more commonly through tour operators or agents. Other than in high season, it is often possible to find accommodation in Paxos without pre-booking. There are many local mini-markets and grocery stores in the three main villages, some of which will deliver your groceries to your villa.
The cost of traveling from Corfu to Paxos can push up the cost of your holiday, though the cost of living once on the island is comparable with elsewhere in Greece. The following are approximate cost examples: One week's car hire: from £150. Daily boat hire: from £50. Sea taxi transfer from Corfu: from £50. Sea plane transfer from Corfu: from £30. One week's villa rental: from £200 per person. Prices quoted are for example only. Check with individual suppliers for the latest pricing.
Paxos is probably at its best in late spring and early autumn. During the middle of the summer (particularly during the school holiday period) Paxos can become quite busy. For people who are visiting the island to enjoy the walking, the best time to visit would be in the early autumn as it is at this time that the wild Cyclamen and other wild flowers are in bloom.