Hi Paxos people
There is a similar thread on the Corfu site which has prompted me to ask - Why choose Paxos?
We started holidays on the Islands - Corfu, Zanti, Kefolonia, Skopolos, Sciathos and Lesvos during Ladies week!
We then came to Paxos. This will be our 7th year and can't wait to get back to Loggos. We will get hugs and kisses and a lovely welcome.
I must point out that the kisses will not be from the guys at the Roxy Bar. Love them as I do a firm handshake and a few extra nibbles does suffice!
They say that after a few days in Loggos you feel that you have been accepted by the locals. After a fortnight and a few years of visits - It's amazing!
And you get to see Dina's -- Taverna?
One of the best things for us is that we can hire a 30hp boat for the holiday that weather and swell permitting we can go round the Island and over to Anti Paxos for lunch, have a race with Captain Hook then drop anchor on the way back and relax. (fishing and book reading) drink back at the Roxy Bar then back to the Villa for a swim.
Then back to the village. Will It be Dina's or the Sisters tonight?
I just feel so comfortable and relaxed on Paxos. The extra effort to get there is so worth it.
Message posted by Tina B on 09 January 2012 at 4:42pm - IP Logged
When we first came to Paxos it was for the same reasons that most people come now. My father had his own business and wanted somewhere to get away from it all and totally relax. Nowadays I suppose he would have had a lap top etc with him, then we had to hide his briefcase or that would have come with us. Phoning Egland was nigh on impossible then, so totally cut off.
Circumstances later meant none of us returned for years, but we all dreamt of returning one day. My Sister did a few years ago, and now I return to visit her and her family in what is now her home.
Friends who have been with us have all said they have never been on such a relaxing holiday where all they did was sleep, eat, drink, read all day. So next year hopefully there will be 7 of us returning again, along with a couple of Paxos 'virgins'. It's that incurable disease Paxositis, very few visitors don't catch it.
Message posted by ElaineK (Paxos) on 11 January 2012 at 11:36am - IP Logged
We'd been to various parts of Greece before Paxos and also decided we wanted somewhere a little quieter.
My biggest criteria was that the boat trip shouldn't be more than 3 hours - this was in the days before hydrofoils and relatively smooth journeys became the norm! I scoured the Greek specialist brochures and marked off all the ones that seemed to fit the bill. Paxos finally made it into top place because we knew we loved the greenness of the Ionians rather than the more barren landscapes further south and east.
Like Tina, our first trip was with GIC and as we were staying in a little cottage just north of Magazia we had a hire car included. This meant that we were out and about the island from day one and inevitably, Paxositis struck within hours!
Message posted by shakespearstar on 12 January 2012 at 12:00pm - IP Logged
We first visited Greece about 23 years ago. We looked at the Grecian brochure (anyone remember them?) and saw a beautiful picture of a golden beach with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. It was Thassos and so our love affair with Greece began. Over the years we visited Thassos again then a couple of visits to Parga followed by Sivita Lesvos Skopolos the Pelion and finally Stoupa. Stoupa won our hearts for a while and we holidayed there with our son returning years later with grandson Joshua ...a total of 5 times. Sadly Stoupa became too expensive to get there and with the collapse of Kosmar we had to turn our back on her.
Pastures new were calling and the excitement of choosing one off the list of must go Greek islands began. Symi? Andros? Santarini? Paros? Kefalonia? Kolymnos? The list went on. There was also the list of "don't want to go there..never fancied it" and on it was Kos Rhodes Zante and (sorry folks) Corfu! Nowhere to be seen was Paxos!
We decided to do a last minute deal for a week something we had never done before always preferring to do lots of research via books brochures and Internet. On the Olympic site a holiday caught my eye.. Paxos. Thought I'd heard of it but knew nothing about it. Didn't take me long to workout it had all we wanted for a week it was our sort of place and getting there considering it was an island looked fairly straight forward. And so it was booked ..and hooked!!
Pretty much a novice compared to some with only 4 holidays under my belt I know there will be plenty more to come. What draws us? Why Paxos? Tranquil comes to mind. Beautiful olive groves. Walking and exploring this small island that offers so much...it might only be little but it packs a punch! Deserted beaches. Boat trips to Anti Paxos and its Caribbean blue sea with a stroll around the grape vines with a donkey for company. The fantastic food the best I have ever eaten anywhere in Greece. A drink in our favourite bar in Lakka watching the sky fill with orange as the sun goes down and watching the little dingies coming ashore and the activities of the yachting crowd. Finally the people. If you want to get away from them and be totally on your own you can. Otherwise our fellow holiday makers from all over the world are always friendly and pleasant and what goes without saying... the locals... those you see year after year making you feel so at home that remember you and are genuinely pleased that you have returned to them.
May we have many more.
Message posted by Malcy on 16 January 2012 at 2:16am - IP Logged
Hi Helen - I think you have told what we all love about Paxos. The people and a small but beautifull Island with so much more than you could imagine from the brochures. Can we keep it a sort of secret a little bit longer?
I'm looking forward to June. Back to The Old Vinyard villa (pictures don't show the lovely pool) and our boat from the boy's at the Roxy Bar. Shop at Capt Nickos's son's shop and get a thank you for returning even though we have not hired one of his boats. Kisses from the sisters at there Taverna and more vino than we had ordered at no extra charge and even drinks on Anti Paxos when one was on a day off.
So many locals who rmmember you including the retired Baker who wanders down from the Donkey Steps each evening. (Oh dear) I could not go on without mentioning the Taverna next to the sisters where Dina runs a very tight ship!!/??//!! Behave!!!
So looking forward to taking our caravan up to the Norfolk coast for the first time soon but can't wait to get back to Loggos, the boat and total relaxation.
Helen - Are you sure it wasn't you with the Bill & Ben hat that I sure in Lakka??
Message posted by MartynG on 16 January 2012 at 3:31pm - IP Logged
Yep - we traveled with Grecian on our first visit to Corfu in 1985 (we stayed in a villa in Acharavi on that occasion - it's still there, but is now hidden behind all of the new build on the main street).
We also visited Paxos during that trip - a day cruise from Kassiopi. We love the island, but have only ever visited for a day or so during our sailing trips. Perhaps one day we will stay longer and discover the interior of the island.
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