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Trip Report May 2015

Paxos, Ionian Islands

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    Posted: 10 Jun 2015 at 3:39pm
Hi everyone
Sorry for doing this so late, I’ve had a Paxos hangover and couldn’t bear to write this up in the past tense until now.

This year we booked independently for a number of reasons but the main one being that I wanted to fly out on the 8th of May and have 3 days in Corfu before a week on Paxos, I could not get a package deal for my needs.

There has been some tooing & froing on here about package v indie, I’ve come out of it preferring package, personally I found it hard work keeping all of the balls up in the air having made 6 different bookings (Parking, flights, taxi, hotel, ferry, 2nd hotel). It stressed me out far too much and unless necessary I won’t be doing it again. That said there were no hiccups apart from some small issues with our return flight and a flat car battery, all of the companies we used were helpful and it worked out well considering the potential for things going wrong.
We booked our flights with EasyJet from Manchester early on so got a good price, parking with Purple Parking via a Voucher Cloud offer, Taxi to Roda (and the return) with Roda Taxi’s via the Roda Online website, Coral Hotel in Roda via Booking. com, ferry transfer & transfer to Bastas (and back) via Routsis Holidays by email and room only with Olympic via their website.

We arrived late at The Coral Hotel, they kept the bar open for us and we enjoyed a nice couple of arrival Mythos’ and cocktails. Our room was on the ground floor and light, bright & clean, the bathroom was a treat!! Very up to date with a fully enclosed shower cubicle, what a Greek treat . Breakfast was included, described as continental but it was a bit more than that, had a big fat bowl of Greek yoghurt, honey and (tinned) fruit every morning.

Roda is a pleasant village, all on the flat with a wide sandy beach at one end, The Coral is touted as being on the beach, it is but it’s not a useable beach, it’s narrow and rocky but perfectly pretty to look at and walking out of the hotel to such a beautiful view morning or evening is a real treat.

Roda has a really nice mixture of traditional and up to date bars & Taverna’s and as usual everyone is super friendly, there are quite a few Brits working there as well as business owners. We used Nino’s on The Beach pool & bar during the day as The Coral’s was a bit small, treated myself to an honest to God carved out pineapple cocktail on our first day. Next day we walked up to Acharavi along the sea front then up into the village proper and the old village, got some well-priced “Thank you for looking after the cats” olive wood gifts.

On Monday we left after breakfast for the port and our ferry over to Paxos, had a blip whereby the fella in the port wasn’t there to hold/look after cases and the rumour from Olympic rep Sam was that he may not be back for the season at all. Atlantis Hotel happily stored them for us, we made sure we had a drink there before we hopped on the 2:30pm ferry.

Ferry trip was dicey, a storm rolled over briefly and I was a bit green around the gills from the sea/sky view towards Corfu, by the time we were driving to the hotel the roads were steaming, great personal service from Routsis and we were at the hotel in a jiffy.
Had a 2nd floor room with a garden terrace, due to the time of year it was actually a bit chilly come the evening and we used the blankets all week for the first time ever!

We introduced friends to Paxos for the first time and they arrived on a specially laid on Illida Dolphin crossing, they’d suffered the remnants of the storm on the crossing and were already saying “we won’t be coming again” I’m really really pleased to report that by the end of the holiday that view had changed and for the first time ever they have said they would return (The only other place they’ve been to twice before is Las Vegas!).

I won’t go into our daily routine as we’re creatures of habit regarding places to eat & drink.
Dio’s and La Piazza were not open the whole time we were there, Manadendri taverna & beach did not open for business until the Friday, we went Saturday, we could not get a scooter from Christos. There is a new shop in the square opposite Niono’s & Pounentes, it sells the same things as the Balinese shop by Harbour Lights, there were no other new businesses that I could see and some of the shops were not open yet.

We did have a boat but had some issues with it and had to pull into Mogonissi beach to call in, turns out it had either overheated or munched up some rubbish, it was fine after we’d stopped for a while but we’d been told to be OFF Anti Paxos by 12:30pm so by the time we’d sorted the boat it was too late to go over, but we made the most of it and took our time going back up to Lakka stopping off at Loggos for picnic lunch then ice-cream at one of the bars.

We took the bus to Gaios one day, ate at Georges Corner (shock horror) and a taxi one evening just for drinks. For my birthday we breakfasted on bacon sandwiches and prosecco, spent the day at Harimi beach & at Bastas pool, went to ALL of the bars in the evening and ate at Nionio’s, had an absolutely perfect day which could only have been improved if we’d realised Manadendri had opened up that day, we’d have spent the day there instead.

As we’d booked indie we could afford the luxury of the later ferry so did have the morning and part of the afternoon to enjoy on Paxos, our friends who booked a package with Olympic were picked up at 6:30am for the first ferry despite their flight not being until 4.30pm.

We said a fond farewell to some various people on the island that we’ve forged and strengthened friendships with and I did have a lump in my throat for a while there.

Our beautiful donkeyless island paradise will be missed by us as it’s unlikely we’ll see it again for well over a year, we enjoyed the nature on the island being early season, that we don’t normally see such as the beautiful flowers, fireflies in the evening and more bird song than we usually hear.

Paxos does sing a sirens song to us, we’d happily dash our boat against its rocks to be forever caught in its tide…. But we would need to remember our Bleasedale book, which we didn’t do this year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2015 at 8:59am
Great write up Nardine. Its got me in the mood for next week (even if I didn't really need any help )
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2015 at 7:10pm
Lovely write up Nardine, and I'm so pleased your friends forgave the cruel crossing and fell in love with the island.

Donkeyless? I know one died not so long back, but what has happened to the other one? Socrates?   

Oh, and did you have a curtain in your room?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2015 at 8:01pm
Donkey less is my little joke, I've never seen one there as opposed to the write up from Simpson Travel was it? That guy was apparently surrounded by them!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2015 at 10:13am
Excellent trip report Nardine, thank you. Can I ask about the queing arrangements for returning home at Corfu airport. Were you made to wait in line by the travel reps or did you simply do your own Indie thing and stroll straight up to the Easyjet check in desk without being hassled and made to wait in line with "their" parties ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2015 at 3:31pm
Hi Billyone
It's was really quiet and we arrived quite early, we did the bag drop straight away, there were no queues anywhere as it was mid evening & early season.
I have been at the airport when you have to queue outside when I've done the package holiday and although a bit irritating it really does actually help as inside it's just so busy.
It bugs me but I just deal with it as part & parcel of having gotten a great deal and having had a fantastic holiday, you don't HAVE to queue you can go over to the outdoor bar and wait until the people have been let inside but one way or the other it's gonna happen inside or out unless you get there super early
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2015 at 3:56pm
Nardine, thank you SO much! You have no idea how that has helped me to plan my trip with a family member who is "challenging"...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jun 2015 at 4:32pm
You're welcome Billyone
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jun 2015 at 10:19am
Now stuck to school holidays. Last year we got a cheap Monday morning flight, but the busy airport in July and August prompted us to book a Wednesday flight again. Airport will be quiet, bags collected quickly and a quick trip to catch the 2.30 boat. A lot of rental places are now flexible on arrival days, giving you the chance to travel at quiet times. Boat booked yesterday, arrangements made to pay remainder of accommodation whilst there, can't wait for July now. Just waiting for the last minute shopping list of 'can you manage to fit xxx in your case'!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2015 at 11:13am
Where are you staying this year Tina?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jun 2015 at 8:37pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 5:36pm
Ha Ha, Airport. Just this minute come back from the airport after collecting a couple of friends, had a laugh out load as group of Russian dolly birds tried to order some EJ departing passengers into queues for the Moscow flights at the checkin desks. They were so angry their war paint nearly cracked.
By the way, the airport was pretty busy, but no queues outside that I could see.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 8:16pm
Ha ha indeed Bob ! That gave me a chuckle. So just to be clear, the Easy Jet departing passengers ignored the reps and walked straight up to their own check in desk ? Outstanding reporting Bob. Thank you.
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