Beach in reach…

Making Monday’s less mundane!

It’s impossible to resist the sand between your toes the minute you step off the boat and onto AntiPaxos. Just a short water taxi from Paxos, Voutoumi, with its breathtaking turquoise water takes some beating.

Where? On Antipaxos island, south of Paxos, in the Ionian islands

Perfect for? Relaxed couples, families looking for villa seclusion

Good for? Sailing, laid-back lunches at the taverna, rent a sunbed and sit back and chill.

Why is it special? This Ionian island is a secret paradise, offering turquoise waters & white sand.

AntiPaxos is a tiny speck of an island – the smallest of the Ionian Islands – just two square miles with a population of around 100. In the early 19th century, the island was inhabited by Souliotes, who fought the Ottoman Empire until they were defeated in 1803. Today there’s only a few people who live there year-round but in the summer many Paxos residents come for the tranquility and to work on their vineyards. There are a few cars on the island and no shops.

You can get to AntiPaxos by taxi boat from the three main towns on Paxos – Gaios, Loggos and Lakka – or take the cheaper option and catch a morning boat from Gaios harbour for the 20-minute journey to the island. The boat weaves between the islands of Mongonissi and Kalkionissi, on the latter you’ll see a tiny fisherman’s church.

The first stop will be Vrika beach, where most passengers tend to get off. This smaller beach is delightful, with white sand and turquoise waters and there are two tavernas. The boat then continues round to Voutoumi beach (there is a path linking the two beaches with stunning clifftop views).

High above Voutoumi beach (reached by 200 steps) is the Bella Vista taverna with a fantastic view. But if the climb seems too daunting on a hot day, there’s a taverna behind the beach, serving local dishes and with a choice of fresh fish. A few years ago the Mayor of Paxos banned visitors from bringing sun beds and umbrellas to AntiPaxos but you can rent them from the tavernas. Don’t forget to take an umbrella as there is no shade on the beach.

If you can tear yourself away from the beach there are a some lovely walks amongst orchards of fruit trees, vineyards and carpets of wild flowers.

Away from the coast, you can walk to the tiny village of Vigla, with its narrow, walled paths leading to the vineyards and orchards. You might even be able to buy a bottle of the local wine.

The last taxi boat leaves at 5.30pm.

Don’t forget to stock up on supplies for your day at the beach – food and water etc, because there are no shops on the island, and the beach tavernas shut when everyone leaves!

WHERE TO EAT

Bella Vista, Anti Paxos 

Reached by 200 steps but the walk is well worth it for the spectacular view. Local fish, delicious home-cooked specials and the usual Greek salad and calamari. Simple Greek fare, but fresh and tasty

Voutoumi Beach, with its beautiful pebble and white sand beach & clear turquoise water, is the perfect place to read a book, enjoy the sunshine, take a cooling dip, and just relax chill-out.

 

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