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Paxos With Or Without Car

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    Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 9:40am
We're travelling to Greece with our car again this year. Having done Corfu numerous times we're staying in Parga & have some time to spare so am thinking of 4 days on Paxos.

So do we leave our car at Parga.... or get the car ferry from Igoumenitsa (I assume). Would love to hear what you think!! Have been looking at Agni properties in Loggos - Spiros Jetty House & Limani.

We love to explore and have noticed people saying about taxi shortages in the Summer - we would be travelling end of July - any info on car ferries to Paxos would be gratefully received!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 10:53am
Hiya

The ferry from Igoumenitsa to Paxos takes about 90minutes & for a car I think costs about 45 Euros each way - although, I think if you buy a return ticket there's sometimes a discount. Per person a ticket is about 9 Euros each way.

As far as I know, there aren't any other (passenger only) boats direct from Igoumenitsa to Paxos, but maybe someone knows otherwise?

Keep in mind too, at the end of July the ferries can be very busy!

The other option might be to leave your car & rent a bike while you're here?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 12:01pm
There should be 2 ferries per day from Iguemitsa to Paxos in July. 

You could always leave you car at Parga and take a 'boat trip' over to Paxos. Good fun and only a short journey.  Re Car, if you stay in Giaos or Loggos, you would be fine without a car. Don't forget that renting a boat (or taking a sea taxi) is the best feature of Paxos.

Re taxis: although only 7 taxis on Paxos, they are relatively easy to find (except when the hydrofoil comes in when they are already pre-booked) and not too expensive.

Hope this helps

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 3:29am
Hi Lcborg, welcome to the forum. 
 
You said you love to explore and this will presumably be your first time on Paxos, so I think I'd be very tempted to take the car over.  As Agni suggests, renting a boat is a great way to explore the coast and all the little coves that you can't get to by road, but to see all the old hidden hamlets and get a view of inland Paxos, a car would be great to give you a different perspective on the island. 
 
The two properties that you mentioned are both in excellent positions for uninterrupted views of Loggos harbour, both have "doorstep" access to village life and I'd be hard pressed to choose between them.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 3:42am
Leave the car behind!
 
If you love to explore you are going to love Paxos!! Get out and about by foot bus and boat! Your feet will take you to places a car can't get to; coastal walks and strolls through peaceful olive groves. Bus will take you to the 3 main towns Gaios Lakka and Loggos and the boat will take you to any one of the many little beaches some only acessable by boat.  Just get yourself a Bleasdale map.... and the island is all yours!!Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 5:39am
Ha ha, looks like I'm out of step with everyone else (nothing new there then Wacko ) in recommending taking the car.  My thinking was that with only 4 days on Paxos, a car would be the easiest way to see as much of the island as possible in as short a time as possible, knowing how easy it is for plans to rent bikes and boats or go for long walks or bus rides to suddenly become "a bit of a bother" once you're on Paxos!  Also, as the poster is going to be there at the hottest time of year, exploring on foot or by bike could be more than just a bit of a bother, if they're not used to 40° temperatures.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 8:45am
I think that I'm with Elaine on this one - a car may well be very useful.  Although the island is very small, there is still a lot to see so transport of some sort will be essential, particularly as you only have four days.  Whilst a bicycle or scooter would achieve this easily, at the height of the summer helmets and protective clothing can be uncomfortable.  I would suggest that trying to explore the island on foot in such a short space of time would not really be possible.
 
For the best of both worlds, do hire a boat for a day and explore the east coast of the island - you do get an entirely different perspective from the sea.  You may also be able to take a trip down the west coast - much more barren and remote - but this does depend upon the weather being calm.  You can also get over to Anti Paxos/Emmerald Bay - well worth a visit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 4:48pm
Thanks for all your replies!

Martyn & Elaine I think I'm in agreement with you I think.....we're regularly hire boats when on Corfu so am happy to do this but as our time is short & having twin boys aged 7 in tow I think the car will be the best option for us, - especially in the heat of the summer. 

Whilst I would love to say we'd explore the island on foot being totally honest with or without kids that's never going to happen for us - lazy I know!!!

Can't wait for the Summer now....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 2:15am
Lcborg if your 2 boys are anything like what my son and grandson were like then you have made the right decision!! All mine wanted to do was swim and if we did try to get them out walking talk about pulling a face!!!! However you decide to spend your time you are going to have a wonderful time! Big smile
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