Message posted by NE_Lass on 08 August 2008 at 2:28am - IP Logged
I stumbled upon this site and all the helpful and positive comments about Paxos and Ive gone and done it!!! Ive booked my first ever holiday to Paxos and Im staying at the Amfitriti in Lakkas end of August. Im so excited and looking forward to my "little adventure"- any advice, recommendations and comments would be very welcome.
A few recommendations about the MUST see and dos while in Paxos would be very helpful (Im really happy with a good book, nice view, glass of wine and of course my ipod - but hey ......... wouldnt like to miss out on anything!!!
Thanks for the banter so far anyways ...... xxx
Message posted by MartynG on 08 August 2008 at 3:22pm - IP Logged
Congratulations - you've chosen a beautiful spot. Indeed, one of my favourite bays in the Ionion.
Lakka has much to offer in terms of walks, views, bars and tavernas. My favourites are the Harbour Lights and Romantica for drinks (especially in the afternnon, when the yachties are trying to tie up!) and Stasinos Garden Retuarant at the back of the village for meals. However, there are many apread around the harbour to choose from.
I hope to be there myself (on a yacht) during the first week of September.
Message posted by Leanthros on 08 August 2008 at 6:36pm - IP Logged
Preferences are personal, so relying on recommendations is always risky, but for my tuppence worth I'd say try the Stuffed Peppers at Nionios, the Mussels & Clams in Wine at La Rosa di Paxos, and the Fillet Steak with Tomato & Rosemary at Aki's.
Probably best not to attempt them all the same evening though!
Try Fanis Cafe Bar for pre-dinner aperitifs and for watching the sun go down.
Also - for "must things to do" - rent a motor boat (you'll see them in the harbour) for the day and toodle round the island. Pull into one of the beach bars on the East coast or take a packed lunch and anchor in a quiet bay. It's a super way to break up the week.
Pay a vsit to Loggos (catch the bus). It's unbelievably pretty!
Get up early - Paxos at sunrise is the best bit of the day.
You'll love it.
Message posted by JeffB on 08 August 2008 at 11:59pm - IP Logged
a big yes to all of the above ...... and you'll never finish your book as there is so much to see and do - as well as the famous pastime of people watching :-)
Agree - a small boat is a must as its absolutely the best way to see the rest of the island ( west coast)
Food in Lakka and Paxos in general is really quite good and each has its own charms..... Romantica has also reopened its upstairs restaurant this year and the food is as good as the view. Pre dinner drinks, climb the stairs, good food & wine, stagger down the stairs for a nightcap under the stars ... ah ah paradise
Lucky you - some of us have another 10 months to wait
Oh - try and find time to drop into Mongonissi for lunch with Francesca and Dimitris at Carynayo Gold ... perfect stopover with the little boat - another gem of Paxos :-)
Message posted by NE_Lass on 09 August 2008 at 3:13am - IP Logged
Thank you all for your suggestions and I promise I will try as many of them as I can - printing this page as we speak to put in my case because there are too many to remember! If only I was going for a month - there seems so much to do. Whats all this about a classical music festival and where is that?
Message posted by ElaineK (Paxos) on 09 August 2008 at 10:31am - IP Logged
You've already been given some great advice on what to see and do on Paxos and there are more ideas if you click on the Paxos Travel Guide link on the menu on the lefthand side of this page.
If you really want to explore the island a must-have is the Bleasdale Walking Map. You can buy it on the island or in advance from the authors website
The Paxos music festival is an annual event that takes place this year from 26 August to 4 September. You'll find full details here
The only real must-do is relax and enjoy it, but I think you'll find that comes naturally on Paxos
We stayedat the Amfrititi a couple of years ago and had a great time there. The wall through to Olive Grove for te first time time is a bit...." Oh my God where are we going...!!" but after it's great. Couldn't fault the rooms - we were on the top floor, spacious,clean with sea views - what more could you ask for. Girl in the pool bar (can't remember her name) was friendly and good for a chat about Greek life and I would also recommend the taverna on the beach which was nice at lunchtime.We went in October and because of the yachties it was still busy at night - if we hadn't got to go to Cyprus in September, I'd be looking to go back - it was one of the best holidays we've had and one of the best Greek islands you'll find (and I've been to 27 of them!)
Message posted by katie b on 11 August 2008 at 6:38pm - IP Logged
You're so lucky to be going to paxos. We stayed at the same hotel and the beach there is beautiful. The hotel is basic, but perfect for a base. It's very easy to wake up each morning lie on a sunbed, read your book look at the beautiful view (if you're not careful you might not want to do anything else!). The taverna on the beach is nice for lunch - really lovely people who own it.
You must hire a boat as has been suggested and stopping off at monodendri beach has to be a definite - it's paradise, with a lovely beach bar and a really laid back feel.
The sunset bar on the west coast of the island is amazing - go and have a drink around 7 and a meal - watch the sun go down - bliss.
For restaurants we loved la bocca (it is italian, but it's fab - the produce is so fresh and tasty - their herb garden is in the middle of the terrace!) and rosa di paxos does great greek food. Avoid the VERY busy restaurants as the produce may be fresh but it's generally microwaved for the yachting crowd to rush in and out - so bit like school dinners (although is cheaper)!
Have a super time - i've already booked for next year and i bet you will once you get back! Beware of the depression that kicks in once you're back in sunny UK!
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