Best time to visit:
June is the most popular month to visit the island, but Paxoi is warm and sunny for most of the year. As the island is so lush and green, spring is a wonderful time to visit to see all the flowers and trees in bloom.
Key cruising areas:
Although Paxoi is small, there are many places to discover on your yacht and tender. There are over 40 sea caves on the island and an almost overwhelming number of beaches ready to explore. As you sail into Paxos, you’ll also notice a tiny, green islet nearby. This is the mysterious Agios Nikolaos that is home to an abandoned Venetian castle designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
If you would like to venture further afield, thanks to Paxoi’s proximity to the island of Corfu (sometimes known as Kerkyra) and the other Ionian Islands, it is a perfect base to island-hop through this pristine Greek archipelago.
Mongonissi is a tiny island connected to Paxoi by a bridge – although in some places the water between the two is so shallow you can walk across. The Mongonissi Beach Bar is a popular spot for yachts to anchor and head ashore for lunch or afternoon drinks. The turquoise bay of Mongonissi offers visitors a sheltered place to spend the night, so you can enjoy the beauty of the island during the day before retiring to your yacht for the evening. The whole island has a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Best spots for wining and dining:
Quaint and unpretentious, Paxoi has an excellent array of restaurants so visitors will be spoiled for choice. Have a morning coffee at Kalimera in Gaios, which is one of the oldest cafes on the island and remains almost unchanged since it opened. Carnayo is a charming spot for lunch with a lovely patio, and family-owned Vasilis is a wonderful place to try traditional local cuisine. For a romantic, upscale dinner, Mediterraneo is a must. Many of the vegetables and herbs are grown within its gardens and it offers sublime views of the water below.