Paxos lies in the Ionian Sea, just south of Corfu. Barely 12 km end to end and 4 km at its widest, Paxos and its adjacent Ionian Islands are unusually green, covered in olive trees first introduced by the Venetians in the 14th century.
The dramatic limestone cliffs of the west coast plunge vertically into deep blue sea, contrasting with the east coast with its gentle coves and undulating hills – the island invites exploration by boat, either as a boat cruise or as private hire, and on foot.
The smaller island of Antipaxos to the south , reached by frequent boats, boasts pristine sandy beaches and brilliant blue water.
The three waterside villages of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos, the home of the music festival, are the main centres of tourism with many smaller villages and isolated houses dotted amongst the hillside olive groves.
Excellent walkers maps with footpaths are available.
Typically, visitors travel by air to Corfu and then by ferry or hydrofoil to Paxos. There are car and passenger ferries from mainland Greece and Italy as well as sea taxi services.
See Paxos/Greece for travel help.