Paxi

Paxi, the baby of the Ionian Islands, is a cluster of small islands and rocky islets, the largest of which are Paxi and Antipaxi .They are located 7 miles south of Corfu, at a distance of 8 miles from the coast of Epirus in north–western Greece and 12 miles from the town of Parga. Both Paxos and Antipaxos have a lizard-like, long and narrow shape. The islands cover an area of 19 square kilometres and 3 square kilometers respectively.

Paxi are an island of endless olive groves and Antipaxi one large vineyard. The eastern coastlines of the island are smooth, while the west coasts are bold and abrupt with remarkable natural formations: caves, arches, dome-shaped forms, sheer cliffs etc. The capital of Paxi is Gaios, a picturesque village build around a port which is protected by two small islands, Agios Nikolaos and Panagitsa. At the northern tip of the island sits beautiful Lakka, whilst on the east coast nestles the charming village of Loggos. Today, Paxi have a permanent population of approximately 2,300 inhabitants and during the summer months, the island welcomes more than 200,000 visitors.

The inhabitants of Paxi are warm and extremely hospitable people who possess a love for tradition yet embrace all developments of contemporary Europe. As a result the islands have been declared Cultural Village of Europe for the year 2004, an institution which aims to make know and preserve village life across Europe. As part of the celebrations in honour of being the Cultural Village of Europe, Paxi will be the hosting of many cultural events and pan-European meetings during 2004.

Source: http://www.paxi.gr/

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