Day 5 on Paxos – Gaios or Lakka? Difficult Decisions…

OK – today is the day for the first trip out of Lakka since we arrived. If we can be bothered that is.

Gaios or Lakka – which is it going to be? Gaios it turned out was the venue of choice for day 5 on Paxos. We were both looking forward to returning to the capital of Paxos and having lunch and mooching round the shops.

Gaios is a lovely place to visit.

And as we are on day 5 and have not left Lakka yes I guess it was time.

The dilemma of being on holiday

There is dilemma when on holiday of doing nothing or not. Do absolutely nothing and you might as well stay at home – weather being the notable exception to this of course, especially in the UK. And of course the break from day to day life.

One day of doing stuff followed by one day of doing nothing other than relaxing works for us.

So today is our trip to the big city of Gaios. OK – hardly a big city, but Gaios is the capital of the island.

We decided to get the bus to Gaios from Lakka.

After our usual morning tea we got ourselves sorted and shuffled out of the hotel – it was already baking hot out there.

Missing the bus

The plan was to get the first bus which leaves Lakka at 8.50am. Not surprisingly we did not make it, mainly down to me and my morning lethargy. Well I am on my hols, apart from the work I am doing on this website of course.

We didn’t make the 8.50 bus so decided to take it easy and get the second bus at 11am. 

Giving us time spare in lovely Lakka. 

Missing the first bus gave us time to have a morning mooch around Lakka and grab breakfast at the lovely café called, well I’m not sure!

Breakfast consisted of a nice coffee and a cheese and ham toastie sat watching the world go by.

It is at times like this that I realise how seldom we take the time to sit down and have a coffee when we are at home – not often enough. Such a simple but enjoyable thing to do but something we do not do anywhere near often enough.

Having had a very nice relaxing breakfast we decide to book a table for dinner at a place we have walked past hundreds of times but never been in called Taverna Nionios in the square in Lakka.

After all that exertion it was back to the bus stop.

The bus was late!!

Yes – the bus was late – not a big shock but not a problem either. We had the luxury of not having any deadlines other than dinner that evening, so time just did not matter.

Well apart from having our first drink in Gaios that is! Should be beer’o’clock when we get there.

How much does the bus from Lakka to Gaios cost?

12 euros return for two – that’s not too bad at all is it? You get on the bus and the lady comes and takes your money and gives you the tickets. The bus is old but perfectly fine and clean.

What is the bus journey from Lakka to Gaios like?

The local bus from Lakka to Loggos and then onto Gaios is an experience. There is one particular favourite thing of mine after departing the bus station at Loggos. Ok bus stop.

Loggos is a small town with shops and bars along the waterfront. And the road is just wide enough for cars to pass.

But not wide enough for a car and a bus to pass. It is barely wide enough for a bus to be honest.

The bus dominates the road and the entire scene, passing worryingly close to not only the harbours edge but also the tables and chairs on the other side of the road.

I did not take a video of this spectacle which is a regret – I was hoping to get the bus again just so I could film this incredible scene but did not get around to that. So I will have to go back!

We sat on the front seats on the bus, behind the driver and next to the lady who collects the money and issues the tickets, with the best view out of the enormous windscreen of the upcoming scenery.

And there was a local chap sat down at the front whose job appeared to be talking and smoking – not sure how he fitted in!

We have arrived at Gaios

The bus journey from Lakka to Gaios takes about 45 minutes. In Gaios you get off at the top of one of the main shopping streets, also by the main town supermarket, which is the biggest shop in the island as far as I am aware.

It was strangely cloudy in Gaios, and very humid making for hot and sweaty mooching.

Beer’o’clock in Gaios

We walked down the main shopping street straight down to the waterside frontage. Well we did not get that far before stopping for a beer at the bar we went to last year.

Such creatures of habit!

And what a lovely beer it was. The bar is called Cafe Kalimera and is in an excellent central location.

Shopping in Gaios

We continued our walk down to the waterfront, turned left then took the first street back into the centre of the town. Having just written that I realised that this is detail that you really do not need to know!

We bought some nice things in the shops, lovely t-shirts, a couple of pieces of Babylonian jewellery and some stuff for the house. All lovely stuff I have to say.

And fairly typical of our holiday shop. The important thing is that we buy stuff that reminds us of our travels and is also stuff that we can’t get at home.

Walking along the waterfront of Gaios

When you get down to the waterfront from the bus, if you turn left and follow the path by the sea you will eventually end up at the port of Gaios, a rather low key but perfectly adequate facility. Can’t believe I used the word facility!!

We walked all the way to the other end of the water frontage, stopping at Mediterraneo, an intriguing fish restaurant with tables dotted amongst the rocks, which must be lovely in the evening, not that we have been to Gaios in the evening!

Mediterraneo On The Rocks

On the walk there are lots and lots of boats to look at, both moored up and passing through the channel. There are also lots of shops, bars and interesting buildings. It really is a very nice walk. And when you get back to the church at the foot of the main shopping street keep going past lots more bars and restaurants and you get to this statue called Anemogiannis Monument.

Picture of the Anemogiannis Monument with a burst of sun in Gaios on the Greek Island of Paxos

I will write a separate post all about the things to do in Gaios, along with a selection of my photos of Gaios.

And also about my taking photographs on Paxos (ok this was taken on another day).

Lunch in Gaios

We had the lunch in the main square at Piazza Massa, right next to the Church Analipsi, watching the world go by.

Lunch consisted of chicken gyros (with fries and salad) and a pizza washed down with a cold beer sat amongst the constantly growing crowds.

This might be basic fare, but this is seriously good local food. The best meal we had in Santorini was chicken gyros!

And then in came the boat from other islands, bringing masses of visitors. Our empty restaurant filled in minutes – a complete transformation.

The church is a tiny church that receives hundreds if not thousands of visitors every day – it is one of the first things day trippers see as they get off the day boats and hit the land.

Getting busy in Gaios

Gaios is fairly quiet in the morning until the boats start arriving from Lakka, Loggos and more significantly from Corfu and mainland Greece.

I have been in Gaios just after sunset when it was ever so quiet and lovely (see the photo above). Just be aware that if you go to Gaios at lunchtime you are probably hitting it at the busiest time.

And it stays pretty busy until the day trippers get back on their boats and leave from whence they came.

We have not been to Gaios in the evening – something for another time.

The streets were much busier, full of tourists shopping wearing swimwear which I always find rather odd!

Time to get out of this big bad city

By 3pm we had had enough and decided to get a taxi back rather than wait for the bus back, which was not until 5pm.

Getting back to Lakka from Gaios

We wanted to get back for the pool and some late afternoon sun. The taxi from Gaios to Lakka cost 10 euros which was absolutely fine. Taxis drop off and pick up at the bus stop by the supermarket in Gaios – the same place we got off the bus.

And it was nice being driven back to Gaios in a nice Mercedes.

Back at the pool at Hotel Bastas

By 3.30pm we were back at the pool, which was unusually quiet for that time of day. 

After a nice cool down by the pool it was time to have a lie down and a read, before completing a very pleasant day with a late sunshine beer.

I have to say that it was very nice going back to Gaios – the first time we visited was on a day trip from Corfu where we returned on the ferry laden with shopping and a bottle of prosecco. This was our third time in Gaios and each time we have had a very nice time indeed.

Back to the room to write this, and then time to get showered (with a bit of shower curtain gymnastics!) and walk back down into Lakka.

Lakka – where we spent every evening on holiday

We spent every evening of our holiday in Lakka. We did debate having dinner in Gaios, or even somewhere inland.

But we didn’t. Lakka is so lovely, and we were so chilled that a big part of both of us just could not be bothered venturing into the unknown somewhere new. There is plenty of choice of places to eat in Lakka – having spent a total of three weeks in Lakka there are still lots of places to eat and drink that we have not tried yet.

There is nothing worse than going somewhere new and finding it rubbish – no we just stuck to the lovely small town where we were staying. If the food was rubbish somewhere we always knew of other places we could go to.

And with it being such a short walk down to the waterfront why would we go anywhere else of an evening?

A typical evening out in Lakka

We tended to leave the Hotel Bastas at around 7.30pm. It is funny that even with all the freedom of being on holiday and having no time restrictions it turns out we went out at virtually the same time every evening.

I guess we are just creatures of habit.

Drinks at Romantica in Lakka

Talking of creatures of habit, it was back to Romantica for your cocktails of choice, namely a mojito for Nickie and a Bloody Mary for me.

This is the view from our table. Remember the boat on the right!

The view from Romantica in Lakka Paxos

Now I have to say I have not had a Bloody Mary in years, but the ones they serve at Romantica are lovely.

We sat in the upper balcony and watched the sun disappear over the hill. Drinks finished, snacks eaten it is time for dinner.

Dinner at the Taverna Nionios

We ordered a carafe of house red wine which was chilled and not nice. We asked if we could change the order for a bottle of red which they graciously did.

Taverna Nionios in Lakka

Time to eat something different

I had stifado. Rabbit stifado no less. An interesting choice, and I am glad that I tried it.

But not for me.

Nickie had a lovely authentic (well it would be!) Moussaka. Very nice food and very good service all round – a place we will come back to time permitting.

A word on us and desserts

You might have noticed by now that we don’t have many desserts. We struggle between us to eat a starter and a main each to be honest, so dessert is rather unlikely. We often end up sharing a main course having had a starter each.

This is met by restaurants with a variety of reactions – we try to do this as nicely as possible.

And then there is the bakers in Lakka open late at night

Yes, we buy the odd sweet thing from the bakers in Lakka of an evening.

Which tonight was a macaroon and a very sweet but nice local cake.

We took our snacks back to our room and ate them sitting on the balcony enjoying a Metaxa night-cap.

Blimey – what a long and busy day – there is only one way to get over this – another day doing nothing.

What has five days on Paxos done for us?

I have switched off from reality pretty well now. There is of course the daily writing and my photography, but these are both things that I enjoy. If my job was doing this all the time it would hardly feel like work.

So, 5 days in Paxos has helped us to unwind and relax and be ourselves again. This happened last time, even though we were only here for a week, which is just not long enough.

5 days down and 10 days to go.

And having published our planned schedule of activities yesterday there is one thing that I have not mentioned yet which I have to plan into the remaining days.

My photography

I have not taken my camera out of the safe yet with the exception of that post lunch walk to Arcoudarki Beach.

And I have some sunrises to capture.

In Gaios today I was reminded of this, and also of the fact that I have yet to work out where to takes photos of the sunrise in Gaios.

I have worked out Loggos – that was dead simple. And for Lakka I know where I need to go – well there are a couple of possibilities to be fair.

But Gaios is the one that I am not sure about – will this be down by the waterfront, or somewhere else? I have some work to do here before I return to Gaios. And I only have the car for two days, and one of them is for Loggos, so I have one shot at this!

A job for tomorrow then is to research sunrise photography locations in Gaios.

Lakka Paxos Holidays – Days 3 and 4 – The Art of Relaxing

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

Day 3 – Sunday. Having spent a day getting to Paxos, and a day doing virtually nothing, it is time to plan to move!

What are Lakka Paxos Holidays really like? Today I will continue the theme of resting and recovering on the Greek Island of Paxos. And I will drift into day four where I start to plan the rest of the holiday and get out of the hotel grounds for a bit doing some exploring.

I said time to plan to move – well it is Sunday. We can’t rush these things now can we.

A late start to day 3 for me

I woke up at about 9.30. Nickie was up and long gone to the pool. I was clearly going to have a tired day today – I could sense it. Maybe it was the lack of food the day before – I do need my sustenance. If I don’t eat properly I can be quite pathetic.

I woke up at 9.30 but couldn’t summon up the energy to get up till about 10 and got myself up to the pool at about 10.30 starving and tired.

When I say up to the pool and not down to the pool remember that the pool at Hotel Bastas is unusually above the hotel at the back.

Time for a lie down

Next job was to lie down on a sun lounger for a bit and catch up on the amazing cricket action from the day before in England.

Lying down was a tremendous success that I did an excellent job of. I might have forgotten to say that there are toilets below the pool which are a great place to apply sun cream in the shade. More stairs to negotiate.

I have to tell you it is not easy being tired!!

Lunch at the pool at Hotel Bastas

Lunch was a delight – I had sausage on toast, which was hot dog sausages fried which I split in half and put on buttered toast with lots of ketchup. Nickie had the club sandwich, which was very nice too. Food accompanied by a large beer.

I know – I had a beer before any food – well I am on my hols after all!

And when I am on my hols my lunchtime beer has an inevitable effect – more sleeping!

Time to lie down again

After all that exertion it was time to lie down again and have a rest. I caught some more of the cricket, luxuriating in the experience of the Apple Air Pods Nickie got me for my birthday. 

These things are truly excellent, if expensive. They work with just one ear-piece in, meaning that headphone use does not have to be completely anti-social.

That and you can double tap the pod to stop what you are listening to, and double tap again to start listening again.

Minimal effort which is good, especially on a day like this.

I can wear one of these guilt-free knowing that I can converse when needed, when I am awake that is!

My achievements today

Today during the day, I achieved the following

  • Sleep – 12 hours
  • Sleep by the pool – 1 hour
  • Dozing – 2 hours
  • Eating – ½ hour
  • Drinking – 1 hour
  • Reading – ½ hour
  • Listening to the cricket – 4 hours (combined with the above)

So, the cricket won today

And this is what Paxos does to you. It makes you unwind. It makes you relax.

It is such a lovely, laid back place that I find it impossible to do anything other than turn into a useless unproductive but ultimately relaxed sloth.

And that is one of the things I love about Paxos, and the pool at Hotel Bastas.

Time to move

We left the pool early today, with a plan to get up a bit earlier in the morning. Leaving the pool early is 5pm for me. I can stay there till the sun goes down.

There is a limit to my slothness, but I am nowhere near hitting that point yet.

Back to the room

Back to the room and time for a quick bit of writing on the balcony in that blistering evening heat. This is not the most productive time of the day to write, as I can barely see my iPad screen, and have to have sunglasses on as it so bright.

So, what I do is type away pretty much blindly and accept that I will have more correcting to do than usual.

Another problem is that when I concentrate on writing I tend to get in a zone, one where I forget that there is a can of Mythos warming up nicely on the table top that you could fry an egg on.

Shower time.

Have I mentioned the showers at Hotel Bastas? There is an art to not flooding the bathroom floor, and also to not having the shower curtain clinging to you. I managed to master this on day 2, much quicker than last year, or maybe the showers have improved over the course of the last year. Or maybe our room was better than last year?

Air con is on for getting ready to head out for the evening.

Back down to lovely Lakka

We head off down to the water again, and this time get to the waterfront and turn right, walking the lovely waterfront to a bar called Mandi’s. They don’t do cocktails unfortunately, which was a shame, so we try the house red which was actually nice and cost a princely 5 euros.

The setting is wonderful, sat on a table looking over the harbour of Lakka full of boats and lovely warm flat water.

But I’m hungry

Starving having had a sausage sandwich/ club sandwich and some crisps we walked back and took a lovely waterside table at the restaurant called Arriva. As we were so early we caught sunset at the restaurant while we were having a drink waiting for our food. I was convinced that it was going to be a stunning sunset, but it turned out to be quite a non-event. Oh well. I have mentioned this before though, so I won’t go on here.

What did we eat?

A basket of bread to start with. Basket means 4 slices by the way in case you were thinking of like a large basket! No photos yet of the food – I have not got into full flow yet, but they will come don’t worry!

No starters tonight, just the bread then into the main courses.

I will let you into a secret here. We seem to struggle with a starter and a main course each. We cannot manage to eat both, so end up either skipping starters or sharing a main.

  • Is this unusual?
  • Is this an age thing?

We often look at the sizes of portions of food that people eat with amazement. And sometimes when we are sharing a main course we cannot even manage that.

What did we eat – finally!

Tonight, I had the traditional Greek dish, stifado, and Nickie had pasta with prawns in a cream sauce. All rather nice.

An amusing thing about Paxos and the waterside tables is that there are fixing points for boats all along the waterfront, so when you are sat there one of the small RIBs from one of the big boats could appear and tie up at your table.

This happened to us.

An Italian couple appeared, but they moored up at the next table, got out of the boat, did a bit of shopping, came back, put the shopping in the boat then sat down to eat.

How cool is that? Maybe next year…

We were shattered so went back to the hotel and fell asleep with the air con on. Nickie woke up at 3am again and turned the air con off and opened the doors – I obviously did not feel the cold as I was fast asleep.

Day 4 – Monday – time to do stuff

Today is the day for planning stuff to do. I said planning to do stuff, not doing stuff. I need to get on with this holiday in Lakka – we have travelled a long way and there is lots to do.

I set the alarm for 7am, got up, put the kettle on and then went back to bed and fell asleep. I got up again a little while later and we had two rather strange fruity Yorkshire teas and took coffees up to the pool, where I started writing this bit about yesterday.

Remember the travel cups from going to the airport? This is where they were (not being dramatic here) a virtual lifesaver!

Relaxing by the pool

I had to plug my headphones in to block out a naughty child’s name being repeatedly shouted out by one of the parents in an otherwise completely silent pool area.

9 am at the pool you can sit in sun or shade – it is entirely up to you. I sit in the shade to write – apart from that I am in the sun. Why travel all this way to sit in the shade?

And now it is time to plan the rest of our holiday in Lakka

The plans for our remaining time here are as follows

  • Today (Monday) – book stuff to do. I know that involves effort!
  • Tuesday – get the bus to Gaios in the morning
  • Wednesday – nothing
  • Thursday – Car
  • Friday – Car
  • Saturday – rest
  • Sunday – rest
  • Monday – Go to Antipaxos
  • Tuesday – whatever we want to do again
  • Wednesday – who knows
  • Thursday – nothing – last full day
  • Friday – get the early ferry back to Corfu

Breakfast at the pool at Hotel Bastas

We shared an excellent full English breakfast with coffee, toast and fresh orange juice – 14 euros.

We finalised our plans and then went and did our bookings. We got the hire car from Babis at the hotel, and the boat from Sam the Olympic Holidays rep.

The timings didn’t work out quite as planned, we got the car for the Tuesday and the Wednesday, and the boat for the Sunday.

This is what we are going to do then

  • Day 4 – Today (Monday) – book stuff to do. I know that involves effort!
  • Day 5 – Tuesday – get the bus to Gaios in the morning
  • Day 6 – Wednesday – nothing
  • Day 7 – Thursday – no car – to be decided!
  • Day 8 – Friday – to be decided!
  • Day 9 – Saturday – rest
  • Day 10 – Sunday – Go to Antipaxos
  • Day 11 – Monday – rest
  • Day 12 – Tuesday – Car
  • Day 13 – Wednesday – Car
  • Day 14 – Thursday – nothing – last full day
  • Day 15 – Friday – get the early ferry back to Corfu

Of course, when you are on holiday whilst it is nice to have a plan it should be too rigid other than actual bookings!

This all worked out fine though and gives us the variety we need.

And that essential last day of doing nothing.

Work done it was time for the pool

I forgot to say – the path from the pool

Whilst ordering breakfast we found out about a path that went around the back of the bar that it turns out took you to the beach.

After an hour of reading I went off for an explore, armed with nothing more than my phone, a 20 euro note and my t-shirt.

I eventually made it to Arcoudaki beach (insert photo of the sign), having mistakenly wandered onto a private estate and being shouted at by a local lady, to who I apologized profusely.

This beach was shall we say small and rocky. I went in the water up to my knees then regretted doing that as it is impossible to walk with wet flip flops, so I sat on a rock for a bit and waited for everything to dry.

Which took about a minute.

The beach was not deserted

Accompanying me on the beach were too men and a woman with a golden retriever. There was nothing there at all, no bar, shops.

No sand.

Off I then went to the next beach, navigating using my instinct and Google Maps on my phone. I could barely see the screen in that ever so bright sunshine, but I made it there after getting lost a couple of times.

This was a walk inland, not along toe coast in case you were wondering.

So, this is Orkos Beach

An interesting beach, with an eclectic mix of Italians and English upper classes – it was like something from a Hugh Grant film! And there was a house on the beach that apparently belongs to the former footballer Bruno, who used to play for some famous football teams somewhere.

I am sure I saw him.

There is a sign at the entrance to the house saying private house, but the number of people in there made it look more like a bar than a house – very strange and confusing.

The beach was pebbly with no facilities but a lovely place with crystal clear waters and lovely views.

Getting back to Hotel Bastas

I walked back in the searing heat regretting not bringing any water. I got lost three times but made it back to the hotel in 21 minutes, not bad considering. And I didn’t offend any of the locals on the way back which was good.

A quick dip and then a salad for lunch with Nickie, accompanied by a most welcome beer, then it was time to cool off in the pool before settling down to crack on with The Russia House, which I am reading on my Kindle. I started reading this book over Christmas and am determined to finish this in the first week so I can start a new book I have.

And I checked my emails – it is a Monday after all

I checked my emails, nothing urgent that needed dealing with, and then the iPad was off again until the next day. Well until I got back to the room to write this.

Back on the balcony

Now I am having a beer on the balcony completing this section of my daily journal, before we head off down to Lakka for cocktails and dinner. An altogether lovely way to spend a day in lovely Paxos.

Monday night in Lakka

We went to the bar on the waterfront for cocktails, but they didn’t have any mint, so Mojitos were off the menu. They wouldn’t have any for a week apparently – small island life! We tried their alternative, which was too sweet.

Back to Romanticos we went, where they had the full recipe for mojitos Thankfully so all good again!

Then it was down the road to the number 1 rated restaurant in Paxos, Paxomadi. Service was at island pace, but the starter of baked feta cheese was excellent and very filling. The house red by the carafe was nice too.

They were clearly very busy, and possibly understaffed, so the service was hit and miss. Mains were ok – prawn saganaki and roast chicken and fries. We had the same problem with being full of starters and bread, unable to eat our main courses completely. We had a drop more wine before heading back for a night’s rest.

I think that this eating thing is not helping with our restaurant experience!

Paxos Greece Holidays – Part 2 Day 1 – Corfu to Paxos

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

In the last post I described getting to Corfu from the UK.

And now we are onto the interesting bit – Paxos Greece Holidays – Part 2 Day 1 – Corfu to Paxos. This is the bit about getting from the New Port in Corfu to Paxos, and on to the hotel. And I might get into some day 1 holidaying if I have space.

First thing is getting on the ferry, Ilida 2

Getting on the ferry is interesting. All the luggage is loaded on first and then stacked about 8 cases high. I am sure this is what happens at the airport, the difference is that here you can see it!

Of course everyone is very keen to be first on the ferry to get the best seats, so everyone gets in the way of this process making it take longer.

Once all the luggage is on people jostle for position to get on first, You show your tickets and then on you go.

Unfortunately the Iliad 2 is a closed ferry apart from what is best described as a corridor between the enclosed parts. This is the only fresh air you can get onboard. I say fresh air as it is the only place that people can smoke!

Inside the Ilida 2

We had an eclectic mix of fellow passengers, a woman with a cat in a basket crying all the way (the cat not the woman), an Italian man face timing someone with volume turned up to 11 to compete with the noise of the engines. There was a woman with a dog, and a local who knew all the boat crew it seemed.

As I said you have to sit inside on this boat, but I spent most of my time standing at the open rear door while Nickie tried to get some rest, which was virtually impossible in that blistering heat.

The view from the back of the Ilida 2

The back of the boat is gasper alley for the crew, and also a place for them to take a well earned break!

You get lovely views of the island of Corfu as well as mainland Greece as the ferry speeds its way south.

And then we arrive at Gaios

One hour later we are in Gaios, where we are met by Babbis from the hotel, with whom we had pre-booked a pick up from the ferry. A very pleasant 15 minutes drive later, with lots of house-keeping things being sorted on the drive, and we arrive Hotel Bastos.

Cold water is provided en route which is a very thoughtful touch.

Back at Hotel Bastas

Check-in takes minutes, and then we go to room 26, on the second floor at the middle of the front of the hotel. It has a lovely balcony, great for evening sun. Having stayed at Hotel Bastas the previous year we knew which room we wanted when made the booking, which was direct with the hotel this year.

And this room was bigger than the one that we had last year, which was the corner one closest to the sea but on a corner making the room much smaller.

Our room this year had a much larger balcony with a table and chairs.

OK – are back at Hotel Bastas, and it feels very good to be back.

About our room

The rooms are not luxurious. Lets get this out of the way. The rooms are basic and a tad rustic, but are absolutely fine for a two week stay.

There is a bathroom with a sink, loo and shower. The bathroom is compact, and there is a knack to showering without the shower curtain clinging to you!

There is a tiny kitchenette arrangement, consisting of a fridge, sink, kettle, toaster and basic cutlery and crockery.

Most important thing here is the fridge of course, for water and beer.

And there is a corkscrew.

The bedroom has a small TV – no idea what the picture is like or what channels you can get as we never turned it on. There is a nice bed, plenty of storage space and an air conditioning unit above the doors to the balcony.

So that is the room. As we had just arrived we unpacked quickly and then headed down to Lakka to get supplies in.

Unpacking

We unpacked straight away, then headed down to the shops for essentials.

The walk to Lakka sea front

It takes a couple of minutes. Barely worth a heading. There are three shops in Lakka (that I am aware of), and we tend to drift from one to the other. The initial supplies are the essentials

  • (More) Wine
  • Beer
  • Metaxa
  • Washing up liquid
  • Crisps
  • Chocolate
  • Water
  • Milk

These provisions are not cheap, but when you are on holiday and spending with Euros it tends not to register. The reality of the cost of living abroad hits me the first time I find that I have to go to the cash machine. And moreso the second time! When you know that you took out £250 in Euros two days ago and it has all gone is a bit of a reality check!

Shopping done – just got to carry it back!

Having done the initial shop it is time to get back to the room. As we always buy bottled water in packs of 6 I end up having to walk in flip flops up two floors of the hotel with 9/ 18 kgs water to weigh me down nicely.

Not easy especially when the sun is still kicking out later afternoon rays of glorious sunshine!

Which is why I often do a water run in the morning before the sun has risen over the hills to he east of the hotel.

Then it is back to the room all jobs done and now it is really time to kick into holiday mode.

We start with a quick drink on the balcony adjusting to the sweltering heat, have quick showers and the walk down to the waterfront of Lakka.

About the waterfront at Lakka

It is absolutely lovely. There are bars, restaurants and shops along the waterfront, and the is littered with lots and lots of lovely boats which all have lights on the top of their masts – I will come back to that at another time when I share one of my favourite photos of Lakka.

We stopped at the Harbour Lights bar which does 2 for 1 cocktails. We each had a lovely refreshing mohito and sat there chilling out and enjoying just being together and back in Paxos.

And now its off for dinner

The problem we often find is where to eat? Well for our first night we chose the fish restaurant called Akis. And it was not the best meal. I think that this may have been down to your meal choice to be fair to the restaurant.

We are not fish lovers, so why did we go to a fish restaurant? Because it looks lovely and is located in one of the best spots on the waterfront in Lakka.

I am sure if you are a fish lover that you will have a fantastic time.

And with that our rather long day was over. Having woken up in Bournemouth we went to sleep on Paxos.

Day one over and time for sleep.

The only decision to be made here was balcony doors open or closed with the air conditioning on. We went with the air-conditioning on to give us a chance the next day to get acclimated.

And at 3am it was freezing.

Time for plan B – doors open and air con off. 

That worked just fine, as being on the second floor we benefitted from a gentle cooling breeze which took the edge off the heat just enough to be comfortable.

Day 2 – Saturday – the art of doing nothing.

10.10 we woke up naturally – no alarms required on the first full day on Paxos. 

We had a meeting planned for 10.30 to book all the things that we wanted to do -we didn’t make that of course.

Instead we drank tea and came round slowly. Talking of tea, the Yorkshire Tea we brought from home had a funny taste to it. It was called Breaktime tea – not Breafast tea. It turns out this tea has flavors of orange and lemon, not that great but better than nothing. Why would you do that to a decent tea?

We got up so late we didn’t bother with breakfast –we just got ourselves sorted and shuffled off to the pool.

The pool at Hotel Bastas

Hotel Bastas has a great pool. It is located above the hotel to the back nestled nicely in the side of the hill. You are serenaded all day by the sound of crickets, which helps to mask the noisy people.

I have even written a post all about hotels with pools on Paxos so inspired was I.

Armed with sun cream, water and Kindles we clamboured up the steps and over the bridge to the pool which was nice and quiet.

Brunch consisted of a Greek pizza and a tuna salad, washed down with a couple of beers.

The rest of the day was devoted to day one holiday essentials

  • Lying down
  • Cooling down in the pool
  • Reading
  • Listening to the cricket
  • Dozing
  • Recovering
  • Slow beer drinking late afternoon

And now it is time to rejoin the human race!

After showers it was back down for some cocktails. This time we went to the bar called Romantica, where I had a Bloody Mary and Nickie had a Mohito. Our bar of choice – Romantica.

This bar is right on the waterfront, well there is the path in front of it but you are looking directly at the sea. And even better this bar has an upstairs balcony, which is great for catching the sunset which takes place over to the left behind the hills.

There are three hire boats moored directly opposite the bar – more on those later on in another post.

And the staff are really friendly and helpful so all in all our favourite place for drinks, which are always served with a bowl of crisps.

Are the sunsets any good in Lakka?

No not really is the brutally honest answer. Well that is me speaking as a professional photographer here.

It is all to do with the topography. Lakka is obviously down at sea level and surrounded by hills on three sides. This tends to take the edge off sunrise and sunset – you don’t get that bit where the sun and the horizon meet, which is where the magic happens.

I will be writing plenty more about photographing the sunrises on Paxos in other posts, as well as sharing some of my sunrise photos taken oat other locations on the island.

I am more of a sunrise photographer than a sunset one – sunset impinges on a more sociable time.

But sitting on the balcony at Romantica sipping a mojito with my gorgeous wife is an absolute joy – such a lovely time.

Time for snacks

So nice we had another round of cocktails before getting some food from the bakery and eating on the balcony drinking Metaxa and taking it easy.

There is a lovely bakery in Lakka right down in the centre of the town. I say town – it is more like a village than a town.

The lady who served us barely spoke to us the first night, but don’t worry we broke her and she ended up being lovely to us on return visits!

We always try the local food in local bakers – there are some lovely local foods that you can get such as spinach pies and cheese pies.

I am not a sweets person but I did enjoy some of the takeaway sweet stuff that we had.

Supper on the balcony

The evening temperature was still pretty hot but sat there and enjoyed our snacks and Metaxa before turning in for the night. What did we have planned for tomorrow?

Nothing.

The same as today. Only more of it!

This is how we roll!!

A word about the climate in Paxos.

I wanted to mention here the climate in Paxos in August, and also the environment in and around Hotel Bastas. I hace actually written a separate post titled When Is The Best Time To Visit Paxos? which tells you more about this.

Our room was on the front of the hotel. In the morning it is in the shade, and a lovely place to sit and have morning coffee. As long as the neighbors aren’t chugging away on gaspers that is. Next door had three cigarettes in half an hour which was pleasant for us.

So, the mornings are lovely and cool in our room in the morning. At some unknown time the sun works it way round to the front of the hotel. I say unknown time as who in their right mind would be n their room on a Greek Island around noon?

When we get back to the room there is one decision to be made – in with the air -on or out on the balcony in the blistering evening sun. I go for out in the blistering sun every time.

And that is one of the two places where I wrote this diary of our holiday. Everday I would sit down for half an hour and write about what we had done that day using my iPad. 

My writing table in the morning

I did this with a beer of course – the only problems I had were

  • Sweat running in my eyes
  • My fingers getting sticky with sweat
  • The sun being so bright I could not actually see anything on my iPad
  • My beer getting warm much too quickly

Problems, problems I know.

Why was I writing when I was on holiday?

I knew I was going to be creating this website, and wanted to capture everything that we did on a day-to-day basis. This would save me time later and also mean that I did not forget anything. 

Paxos Holidays – Part 1 Day 1 – Getting To Paxos From The UK

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

What’s is really like getting to Paxos? Well last time we went to Paxos I wrote a daily diary.

Paxos Holidays – Part 1 Day 1 – Getting To Corfu From The UK. This is the beginning of journey. In this post I will tell you all about getting to Corfu from the UK, which is the first leg of the journey. In the next post I take you from Corfu to Paxos.

How we are getting to Paxos?

We were flying from Bournemouth Airport to Corfu, and then had to get across to the port to catch the ferry from Corfu to Paxos. You can read all about how to get to Paxos in a separate post.

Getting up in the morning – early in the morning that is

The alarm was set for 3.30am. That was a bit of a shock. It’s funny how things work out. A relaxing two weeks in the sunshine on the wonderful Greek Island of Paxos starts with getting up at 3.30am on a Friday morning!

Yes it’s a Friday morning! But whilst it might be an early start it is for the best of reasons!

All we had time for was to grunt good morning to each other, drink a cup of tea (how very English I know), get up, finish packing and make coffees for the drive to the airport. Oh yes and get dressed.

Always a tricky one that – what to wear flying from the UK to a much warmer place? I went for shorts and t-shirt – dress how I intend to arrive. Flip flops are a bit too much for me though, especially sat in the back of a taxi at 4.30am.

Side point here (there will be lots of these) – the travel cups will turn out to be a genius addition to our packing.

Getting to the Bournemouth Airport

Our taxi was booked for 4.30am. At that time of day it is a 20-minute drive from home to the airport, which is to be perfectly honest luxury!

The driver was wide awake happy and chatty but realised quite quickly into our journey that we were not in chatting mood so left us to it which was nice of him. We use Airport Cars who are very good.

It was the first time I had gone from home in Poole to Bournemouth Airport via Wimborne, but we still got there in less than 20 minutes which is great. And a shortcut for me to remember the next time I have the misfortune to be queueing on the A31!

Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport is tiny, which is great. I love how they call it Bournemouth International Airport, as though we would not get the International bit, it being an airport and all that! They may have dropped the international bit from the name thinking about it.

Checking in at Bournemouth Airport

We did not have seats booked this time but managed to get two seats together at what appeared to be the back of the plane. This could be a good or a bad thing. And there is the unknown in all of this – what will the people around us be like??

I put the bags on the scales, and not an eye was raised when both our bags weighed 23.1kgs which was good. Very good. At other airports this has been a problem causing the usual farce of re-packing heavy stuff from the main hold luggage into the hand luggage.

I have never understood the point of this – this stuff is all going on the same plane after all! In the past I have even resorted to putting a lens in my coat pocket, and of also hanging my camera around my neck to “reduce the weight”!

The joys of Airport security

Check in queues are much less than at Gatwick, and once checked in the walk to security is, basically, a walk to the other side to the other side of the room! Next is the hand luggage through the X-Ray machine, which for the first time in a long time I was not stopped at.

I normally get stopped at security. It might be my face.

Or the fact that I have a Canon 6D with lenses and batteries, possibly a dive computer and also my iPad and iPhone. I think that this heady combination of electrical stuff sends the scanning machine into overdrive!

We were stood waiting for our plastic trays with our stuff in – there was no sign of them which is always a slight concern!. We saw them on the opposite side of where we were stood and thought that they had been selected for invasive investigation – turns out there are two X-ray machines and out stuff went through the other one for some reason.

Panic over, and no need to empty and repack my hand luggage, which by the way is my Peak Design Everyday Backpack. You will come across this again in future posts.

And so, the holiday begins!

Some say that their holiday begins when they put the luggage on the conveyor belt and watch it magically disappear to be miraculously reunited with you in another country.

For me personally the holiday begins once I have got through security.

Duty Free at Bournemouth Airport

I find myself virtually getting dressed again as we walk through the duty-free shop, with my phone, wallet, watch and small change shoved in an alien pocket for the X-Ray machine whilst I struggle to get my belt on.

Ok once my belt is on now I can begin my holiday.

And then we are in Duty Free. Well sort of Duty Free. It has never been the same since we joined the EU – Brexit should fix this. There I have found the one positive in Brexit – we will be able to buy duty free cigarettes for our break in the sunshine. Not that any of us smoke any more that is…

Does anyone remember smoking seats on planes? Seems absolutely ridiculous that not that long ago you could smoke on a flight.

Another recent change at airports is the duty-free shop. Have you noticed how at airports these days once you get through security you are straight into the longest meandering shops on the planet which you have to walk through to get to the bar for that traditionally inappropriate early morning pint.

And on to the restaurant

Having made it through the extended hike that is the shop we went to the restaurant – yes there is only one – and found a seat in a quiet corner – perfect. That is the quiet corner where the family with loud kids appear and sit either side of us.

Not that I have anything else against families and small children – I was small once and also a child. It is just that they are rather loud at that time in the morning. Perhaps there should be a child free area, or even an over 50s area, or even better an area where passengers are invited to be quiet.

In the lounge we go to at Gatwick there is a room called the Library – and guess what? I had to ask to American gentlemen to be quiet as they were talking at full volume in there.

For you youngsters reading this take note – this is what you have to look forward to!

And now it is time to eat

It is 5.15 am – time for a drink and breakfast.

Filter coffee x 2 and one full English breakfast – £14. Not too bad to be fair. And no, I did not have a pint – I am getting a bit old for that!

On to the food. The first offering consisted of one overdone egg, one underdone egg and bacon that looked like it had been poached.

So that unfortunately went back, and the second attempt arrived some time later which was ok. And then we tried scrambled eggs on toast, which was not great.

The important stuff – drinks!

The next job is buying drinks for arrival – wine and a bottle of champagne for our wedding anniversary which we celebrated on holiday.

And then the inevitable final mandatory call in the airport shopping experience – WH Smith. Such a great shop, and the only time I ever buy a newspaper, which I inevitably don’t get around to reading, along with the free bottle of water and the last-minute panic buys. You know the stuff you can’t get at your destination like mints and crisps. And of course, the contingency sandwich.

And at this point all that careful planning of the contents of the carry-on luggage are compromised by a plastic bag from WH Smith.

Finally, it is time to get on the plane

After all that it is time to check in – this is one of those funny things about Bournemouth airport – the same lady who checked us and our luggage in and issued our boarding cards has now been redeployed to gate check-in duties. After that no doubt she will refuel the building, fix the roof and check the ticket machines in the car parks before nipping off to Asda to get more supplies in for breakfast.

Which reminds me of something that has bothered me for some time – why Bournemouth Airport do you charge £2.50 just for people to enter the car park?

Sorry back to check-in

The lady who checked us in was miserable and grumpy, but very efficient with no irreverent back chat – enjoy your holiday etc – I like that.

I wish more service staff were honestly as grumpy as they felt, which is much better than showing false interest in where you are going etc.

The lady who checked us in did not wish us a wonderful flight – I have no doubt she did not give a stuff if we had a nice time or not, so no pretence from her – just efficient misery. And good on her.

Maybe this is because I am a grumpy git, or just that I hate fake niceness.

And finally, it is time to get on the plane.

I love this bit. Yes, I have done this many, many times but I still love getting on a plane.

And the plane is a lovely shiny new Boeing 737-800. And yes, we are sat right at the back of the place. The chap sat next to us doesn’t look like he has any intention of communicating with us in any way at all – not even a grunt of acknowledgement.

But this of course is fine!

Overhead lockers

Why are the overhead lockers packed with flight stuff? Surely the overhead lockers are for us, not for stuff for the plane?

Not for the first time all the overhead lockers were full, so I had to give my bag of drinks to the cabin crew who put is somewhere to give me a challenge on arrival to find.

Take-off time

Sitting at the back of the plane is very noisy as it turns out. You feel everything.

Not the best place to sit, but we took off and enjoyed the views of Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and Sandbanks. And then we were in cloud.

Beer’o’clock?

We took off at 7am, which if I switched my watch to Greek time made it 9am – is this too early for a beer?

Why do we think it is acceptable to have a beer at 7/ 9am when we are going on our holidays? It is a strange phenomenon. If I had a day off and started cruising for Heineken at 9am I would be most concerned.

But stick us in an airport and the rules change.

For the record I managed to hold on till 9am UK time, which is 11m Greek time which is just fine!

Shopping on the plane

On the flight we bought some inevitable product, and I treated myself to a new watch. It is a Citizen watch which is pretty cool and there was 20% off the already discounted in flight price. So they say.

Last year I bought a pair of Superdry sunglasses, probably just because they were on offer. They were hideous to be honest, and the day they snapped in half across the nose-bridge was a good day!

I spent the entire flight with my Peak Design Everyday Backpack between my knees and the lady sat in front of me decided to recline her seat leaving us virtually no room. But thankfully it is a short flight.

We don’t eat on the plane, as we know that we have a wait at the port for our ferry so our next meal will be probably be chicken gyros on Corfu!

The rest of the flight passes peacefully, and then we land. It is only a three-hour flight from Bournemouth to Corfu. Landing is a bit bumpy at the back of the plane, but we are down safely.

And now I have to find my hand luggage. The bag with the drinks in, not my camera bag. My camera stays with me at all times.

Arriving at Corfu Airport

We get off the plane and get hit by that wonderful heat. And the smell of the air in a foreign country. There is no feeling like this, and such a wonderful thing to experience.

And that bright Greek sunshine of course!

We have arrived at our first destination, Corfu. And it is so good to be back.

Corfu International Airport

Some airports can be a nightmare. Corfu thankfully is not one of them. Certainly not arrivals which is very slick and hassle free.

We glide through passport control nice and quick and then wait for our luggage. The bags are out pretty much straight away. I have to be honest here though – I was stood at the wrong carousel to start with but don’t tell anyone. I think my wife might be aware of this though…..

The trouble with being English

I did a very English thing and followed other people from our flight to the wrong carousel. Strangely a member of airport staff came and told me that I was at the wrong carousel -– how did she know that?

And we are away.

Getting to the New Port from Corfu Airport

Out of departures and straight across from the exit to the left is the taxi rank. We got a taxi straight away to the New Port, which costs us €15. We made the mistake of not asking how much beforehand which was disappointingly naïve.

But it turns out it is a fixed fare anyway so not a problem this time. 20 minutes later and we are the New Port.

We picked up the tickets from the agent across the road from the port, and at 1pm local time sat down at the bar with a nice two hour wait for our ferry at 3pm.

This is why we did not eat on the plane!

TIme to eat and drink at Corfu New Port

It does seem bizarre after all that activity suddenly stopping, having time to sit down and relax in the Greek sunshine. Not that long ago we were in Bournemouth, and not that much longer ago we were at home.

Chicken gyros at Sette Venti – very nice!

A few beers and an excellent chicken gyros gave us sustenance before we got on the boat for Paxos called the Iliad 2. I went to check if our boat was in, reported back to Nickie that it wasn’t. And then she went and had a look and the boat that I had said wasn’t ours actually was.

I would have noticed at some point…

And with that I will sign off for now – in the next post I will describe the second part of the journey, from Corfu to Paxos.

Paxos FAQ – Quick Answers to The Questions Everyone Asks

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

Are you thinking of going to the wonderful Greek Island of Paxos?

In this post I will answer the most frequently asked questions about the Greek Island of Paxos – hence the title Paxos FAQ. I hope that my answers will save you time and help you to make an informed decision about travelling to and enjoying this wonderful Greek Island. These answers are based on my personal experiences of visiting this very special place which my wife and I love dearly.

Where I have written a separate post answering a question I have provided a link to that post on my website.

1 – Why go to Paxos?

Why not? Seriously Paxos is a small, chilled and lovely island with no airport. I wrote a separate post all about this titled, funnily enough Why go to Paxos?

I liked Paxos so much I created this website so I can share my experiences. And I have never done that before!

2 – Where is Paxos?

Paxos is located to the south of the lovely island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. Here it is on a map where the red tab is.

3 – What is the weather like in Paxos?

Nice and hot and sunny in the main holiday season which is May to September. There is a chance of rain in the summer, but this doesn’t last for long normally – often it is caused by the hot weather which creates thunderstorms – brief but dramatic! Or not as is the case on this video taken from this balcony at Hotel Bastas.

4 – When is the best time to visit Paxos?

Well I have written a separate post about this which you can get to here – no point repeating myself!

5 – How do I get to Paxos?

Again, such a fundamental question this deserved a dedicated post titled Paxos – How To Get There. How do I come up with these titles??

6 – What about Paxos airport?

There is no airport on Paxos! That is part of the charm. I had to write a post called Paxos airport – everything you ever need to know guaranteed! I just could not resist this! The nearest airport is on the neighbouring island of Corfu, and you can find all about the actual airport in this post.

7 – What is the currency of Paxos?

The Euro. Love it or hate it, that is the currency on Paxos and all parts of Greece. I say love it or hate obviously because I am in the UK, and we do not have the Euro!

8 – Is Paxos expensive?

Holiday prices are not cheap – it is a small and therefore relatively exclusive island with low volumes of travellers. But these things are all relative.

And once you are there we have found that the prices are pretty average and as expected. We ate expensive meals costing well over 100 Euros, and also had full meals including drinks for less than 40 euros. And the cheaper meal was much, much nicer! As with all these things it depends on so many things.

9 – What is the food like?

Very good. We had a couple of not great meals, but they were the exception. As Paxos gets a lot of Italian visitors there is a strong presence of Italian food, as well of course as traditional and contemporary lovely Greek food. I actually had some very nice Italian meals on Paxos and enjoyed beef stifado four nights running.

10 – Are the drinks expensive?

I like a beer, and beer prices were similar to anywhere else I have been. And my top tip is to drink the house wine in carafes – we have only had one bad carafe of house red wine on Paxos – every other time the wine has been really nice. I can’t vouch for the white wine though I’m afraid.

11 – What is there to do on Paxos?

Relaxing first. It is a really chilled island perfect to taking it easy and relaxing.

And after a few days of that there is plenty to see and do.

The three main towns are Gaios the capital, Lakka and Loggos. These are all well worth a visit – chances are if you go there you will be stopping at one of them or near it. And you can get the bus from one to the other and back to your hearts content.

There are lots of things to see and do which I will be writing about in future posts on my website dedicated to Paxos.

12 – Can I rent a car on Paxos?

Yes, you can rent a car. I did and I absolutely loved it. I got my rental car from Hotel Bastas where we were staying. You can read all about renting a car on Paxos on the blog post titled Paxos Car Rental – Everything You Need To Know.

13 – What are the roads like?

Absolutely fine – find out more in the post I mentioned above.

14 – Where is Antipaxos?

South of Paxos, and a short boat trip away. Another event well worth its own post titled Should I drive a hire boat to Antipaxos from Paxos?

15 – Can I get Wi-Fi and data on Paxos?

Yes – again such important information that I have written separately about this called Paxos Mobile Phone Signal – And What About WiFi?

16 – What is the capital of Paxos?

Gaios, located on the eastern coast of the island about 2/3rds down. Here it is on the map. I have also marked Lakka and Loggos on the map.

Gaios is the largest town on the island by a long way and is where the port is located which brings holidaymakers in who have flown into Corfu Airport. And takes them away again…

17 – What are the main towns on Paxos?

Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. All worth a visit as I have said before.

18 – Which tour operators go to Paxos?

And you can of course go independently. If you go independently don’t forget you have to book the ferry to and from Corfu, as well as getting to and from the airport to the ferry on Corfu and from the port on Gaios to your accommodation. We did this and it all worked just fine so it is not a problem.

19 – Are there plenty of places to stay on Paxos?

Yes – there are hotels, aparthotels, villas and apartments. I will not list them all here as they are easy to find through an internet search. I will mention the hotel we stopped at both times, Hotel Bastas. The biggest recommendation I can give to a hotel is that we returned there the next year, this time knowing the actual room number we wanted!

20 – Have you been to Paxos?

Yes, we have been twice, and loved it both times. We have found with many places that going back a second time is a mistake. But with Paxos we enjoyed it more the second time. And whilst we might not be going back to Paxos in 2019 I hope that we will be back there soon.

And I enjoyed it so much that I created this website all about this wonderful, chilled Greek Island.

Summary

I hope that you have found my Paxos FAQs page helpful – if you have any other questions please check out the rest of this website, and if you can’t find an answer get in touch with me via the contact page and I will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Paxos Mobile Phone Signal – And What About WiFi?

I know. We go to lovely places like Paxos to get away from the grind.

But in this modern day it appears that the first question that we ask when we get to somewhere new is “What’s the WiFi code?” What is the Paxos Mobile Phone Signal like? And What About WiFi?. Well relax – mobile phone coverage is pretty good except on the eges of the island, and WiFi is available in numerous places. In this post I will describe my experiences with mobile data and Wi-Fi.

Disclaimer

What I am writing about is based on my experiences on the wonderful Greek Island of Paxos in August 2017 and August 2018, along with research done whilst back in the UK February 2019.

I hope that I have done the legwork so you don’t have to, but please remember that subjects like this are subject to constant change, even on a sleepy Greek Island like Paxos!

What are the mobile phone providers on Paxos?

Paxos is a Greek Island. There are three main mobile phone providers in Greece, who are

  • Vodafone
  • Cosmote
  • Wind

Mobile Phone coverage

If you check the mobile phone signal checkers online you might think that the signal is virtually non-existent. Here are three maps from the Nperf website.

Not looking good is it?

Don’t worry it is much better than it looks.

What is the phone signal like then?

I found that I had a very good signal in the main towns of Lakka, Gaios and Loggos. I also had a pretty good signal in-between these places, only losing the signal at the edges of the island.

I even had a 4G signal on the ferry from Corfu, with a brief dip in service between the islands.

And on the day out on the hire boat I had a signal in many places.

Did I get a signal on Antipaxos?

Yes. Sort of. I was busy driving the boat or taking photos and videos to be honest so didn’t think too much about this. When I check the photos I took with my iPhone it did record where I was sort of. Around Paxos my phone recorded my location as Paxi, but on Antipaxos it thought I was in Corfu!

So, there was clearly a data signal on Antipaxos even though the maps suggest otherwise.

Can I use my existing mobile phone provider?

Yes. I am on Vodafone, and am able to use my existing data, calls and text message allowance in Greece, which is one of their 48 roam free destinations. And my wife is on EE which also worked just fine, connecting to a phone signal straight off the plane in Corfu and only dipping out on the ferry briefly.

And when I got to Paxos my phone was connected to Vodafone Greece.

What about Brexit?

Who knows? At the time of writing none of us know what is going to happen come Friday 29th March when we are supposed to leave the EU. I suspect there will be some uncertainty and disruption, and we may get charged for phone use in the EU. But then again I don’t see why as the Vodafone roam free areas include non-EU countries.

Who knows – lets worry about that after the 29th March! There are a few other things to worry about between now and then!

But in the meantime, check out the official advice here.

How much do calls and data cost?

Check with your mobile phone provider – hopefully you will have roam free coverage. If not make enquiries in the UK – it is normally cheaper to arrange the most cost-effective roaming package when you are in your home country wherever that may be.

My roam free package means that I can use the data, calls and text messages within my monthly allowance in roam free areas like Greece.

You can check out the Vodafone roaming info here.

Prepaid SIMs

Not something that I have tried, but you can get prepaid SIM cards for most places on this weird and wonderful planet of ours. This is well worth looking into if you don’t have a roam free package. As I do have a roam free package I have not needed this so don’t know anything about it other than the fact that if you are paying for calls abroad it can be much cheaper to go this way.

Where I didn’t get phone coverage

On the very edges of the island, down at some of the beaches, sometimes on the rental boat and in-between Corfu and Paxos.

Other than that, I had a signal everywhere else.

Please do not rely on this information for anything important – if you are relying on a phone signal for personal safety or navigation services please check first – these things can vary depending on many conditions and variables.

Phone signal on a boat

I actually had a phone signal for much of the trip around the island to Antipaxos

And I also had a phone signal for much of the ferry trip from Corfu to Paxos.

Not to be relied on though for safety reasons – make sure that the boat rental company know exactly where you are going and when you will be back!

Wi-Fi availability

Wi-Fi availability was pretty extensive. Many hotels, bars and restaurants in the main towns of Gaios, Lakka and Loggos have readily available and pretty decent Wi-Fi.

I will not list them here – all you need to know is that the provision of Wi-Fi on Paxos is pretty good.

Some related top tips from me

1 – Satnav

Take a Satnav with a map that covers Paxos (if you can get one that is!). If you are driving on Paxos then the chances are that you have hired a car. With some car rental companies you can hire a Satnav – check first though. And also check the map coverage which can be a bit hit and miss.

You can read more about renting a car on Paxos on this post How do I rent a car on Paxos Greece?

But much better that taking a Satnav which may or may not work.

2 – Buy a good map

Much better than a Satnav is a good old-fashioned map. You won’t lose the signal with a map! Make sure it is a road map of the island, and that you know how to read a map!!

But most importantly of all

Try this. Turn your phone off! You are on the wonderfully relaxing Greek Island of Paxos. Turn your phone off. Have a digital detox.

I know – I didn’t do this – like everyone I use my phone for so much these days, especially as the high-quality camera in my pocket. Not good considering I am a photographer.

But try turning your phone off for a day and I guarantee you will not miss it! And try not walking around Gaios staring at your phone – that is an interesting experience when a large number of people get off a boat at the same time doing just this!

Summary

Can I get Wi-Fi and data on Paxos? Yes, you can in most places, and the standard of the service is pretty good.

Please make sure that you have alternative arrangements in place though and do not rely on the phone signal for critical things like going off on a long walk or taking a boat way off the island. Make the safety precautions that you would have done in the days before mobile phones.

Be safe and enjoy Paxos.

Paxos Hotels With Pool – Essential For The Hot Summer Months!

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

Paxos can be hot in the summer. Very hot. Meltingly hot. Lovely meltingly hot.

Which is why it is so important to find one of those Paxos Hotels With Pool. On those long hot summer days on the Greek Island of Paxos there is nothing like a lovely cooling swimming pool to immerse yourself in and cool down. In this post I will tell you about my favourite Paxos hotel with a great swimming pool in a great location, and also list out the other hotels that I have found with pools.

This is all about the pools and not the hotels – I will write a full post about our hotel of choice on Paxos.

Hotel Bastas

The swimming pool at Hotel Bastas

OK – I am biased as we stopped at Hotel Bastas twice. But the fantastic swimming pool is a big part of the appeal of the hotel for me. The pool is located at the back of the hotel and is actually above the hotel. You have to walk up some steps and across a small footbridge to get to the pool would you believe!

This elevated position gives evening sunbathing possibilities not possible in most places on Paxos due to the topography of the island. Down in Lakka itself the sun sets over the top of the hills to the west a good 30-45 (ish) minutes before it does at the elevated pool. If you like late afternoon sun this is the place to be.

Most pools will be in shade while the pool at Hotel Bastas is still getting that lovely late afternoon sunshine.

And I love my late afternoon sunshine – it is my favourite time of day for some very relaxed reading with a couple of chilled beers. More often than not I have spent some part of the day exploring and taking photos, so later afternoon/ early evening is the time to relax for me.

This is probably why I don’t have as many sunset photos as I do sunrises!

What does the pool at Hotel Bastas have?

Firstly, a good-sized swimming pool. The pool has steps at the bar end where people sit and chat or read, and then it gently gets deeper.

There are plenty of sun-loungers, table and chairs. And there is covered seating if you want a break from the sun. I used this area for morning writing with a coffee in the shade – very handy!

Then there is the bar when you can get drinks and food. We ate there a lot I have to say, and I did have rather a lot of lovely cold beers there. There are tables which have a charming roof of growing grapes which is lovely.

The bar at Hotel Bastas

The lunchtime fare is great snacky stuff that I really like, especially the pan-fried hot dog sausages. And the prices are absolutely fine. Beers, wines, spirits – everything you could want. And water too!

And there are the most amazing trees at the end of the pool – one of them looks like it is going to get you!!

This is one of the best pools I have had the good fortune to enjoy on my travels around the world. I love the elevated position and the views down into Lakka and the waters beyond.

And on a practical point there are toilets and showers down the steps underneath the pool.

So that is my favourite Paxos Hotel with a pool. And you really do not need to leave there at all in a day if you don’t want to!

What other hotels on the lovely Greek Island of Paxos have pools then?

Here is a list of 8 Paxos Hotels with Pool, in no particular order

Purple Apricothttps://www.simpsontravel.com/greece/paxos/purple-apricot-hotel

Paxos Beach Hotelhttp://paxosbeachhotel.gr/

Paxos Club Resort and Spahttps://www.paxosclub.gr/

Vellianitatika Retreathttps://www.paxosvillageretreat.com/

Amfitriti Hotel & Studioshttps://www.tui.co.uk/destinations/europe/greece/rhodes/pefkos/hotels/amfitriti-hotel-and-studios.html

Bay Viewhttps://www.simpsontravel.com/greece/paxos/bay-view

Waterside Househttps://www.simpsontravel.com/greece/paxos/waterside-house

Torri e Merli Hotel – http://www.torriemerli.com/

As you will see this is a small list. There are not that many hotels on Paxos to be honest! And even less hotels with pool.

Apparently there are 65 hotels in Gaios, but most of these are aparthotels.

Aparthotels in Paxos

And this is a great alternative to a hotel on Paxos – aparthotels with pool. Check out this search using Google – there is lots of choice out there – too much for me to include here.

Hotels in Paxos it turns out are hard to find. Hotel Bastas is a great starting point, but there is one other place I would like to mention.

If you are reading this I assume that you are looking for somewhere to stay on Paxos with a lovely pool. Well I have listed the hotels that I know of on Paxos with pools and suggested that aparthotels are a great alternative search choice if you are looking for something different.

But there is one other place that we can personally recommend if you are looking for a great location for a pool on Paxos.

The pool at Glyfada beach villas resort and restaurant overlooking Manandendri Beach

How do you get there?

By hire car, or by bus with quite a long walk!

But from Hotel Bastas you can get a free bus to Manandendri Beach. This is a lovely if pebbly beach. There is a restaurant there called ΜAΝΔΕΝΔΡΙ BAR RESTAURANT which you have to walk through from the car park to get to the beach.

We had lunch there one day which was fine. The pool was busy and full of kids – nothing wrong with that but we prefer something quieter.

So, if you walk through the restaurant and turn right you come across the entrance to the very nice Glyfada Beach resort. This is not a hotel but has very nice holiday villas. All are welcome to have lunch there, which we did, which was very nice.

All you do is walk up to the restaurant from the beach and ask for a table – everyone is welcome.

And there is a big bonus to this.

Glyfada Beach Villas have an excellent pool. We were lucky enough to be allowed to use it one day having had lunch there on a day out at the beach.

As I said we went on the day trip from Hotel Bastas to Glyfada Beach. We spent some time on the beach. This was my favourite spot on the island for snorkelling – I went from the beach off to the right and there were some great rocks to jump off into the sea. And if you swam around the corner there was a private beach with some lovely big boats visiting. You know the ones – all dark and expensive and lovely!

But back to the pool at Glyfada Beach. After lunch we asked if we could use the pool, which was up on the hill over looking the beach. That was not a problem, so we headed up to the pool to find it was completely deserted. We made ourselves at home on two wonderfully located sun loungers and had a very relaxing afternoon. The pool was lovely, and there is a bar by the pool, so all was good.

We reluctantly left for the bus back at 5 having had a very nice relaxing afternoon by the pool at Glyfada Beach.

Summary

As you will see we loved the pool at Hotel Bastas – the unique location makes this in my opinion the best pool at a hotel in Paxos!

This is based on personal experiences of us visiting the island of Paxos – and none of my recommendations are in any way sponsored. At the time of writing this I am sat in the UK as a paying customer looking forward to returning to the wonderful Greek Island of Paxos.

Paxos Travel Guide – Getting Around The Island

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

Paxos is a small Greek Island. Whilst it is a great place to relax after a few days I had to get out and explore this wonderful island.

This website is called Paxos Travel Guide. And in this post I will describe getting around the island. Well how I got around this lovely Greek Island. I might even show you some photos from my travels. I love the fact that the island is so small that I can get around most of it and get to see nearly everything I wanted to see.

There are various ways of getting around Paxos which I will list here, before describing each one in turn.

  • Bus
  • Car
  • Taxi
  • Boat
  • Boat rental
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Excursions
  • Bikes
  • Scooters
  • Quad bikes

Getting around Paxos by Bus

There is one public bus on Paxos, which I can heartily recommend a trip on. The service is excellent, and you get great views from being higher up than in a car. We chose to sit at the front of the bus to really enjoy the experience and views driving around Paxos.

The highlight of the bus trip for me is the bit where you go along the waterfront in Loggos – this is something you have to see to believe!

The prices are perfectly reasonable

  • Lakka to Gaios 3 euros
  • Loggos to Gaios 3 euros
  • Loggos to Lakka 1.80 euros

Whilst everyone says small change is essential for the bus we did not have a problem getting change from the very nice lady.

Here is a photo of the bus timetable taken in 2017.

Bus timetables on Paxos

I do not have the timetable for 2019 yet – all you need to know is that they are displayed clearly at every bus stop, along with the taxi drivers’ names and numbers.

Getting the bus is a great of getting between Loggos, Lakka and Gaios. And of course, it means that you can have a cheeky drink, which I did regularly!!

Getting around Paxos by Car

Hiring a car is nice and easy. As with all things in busy times book in advance and you won’t have any problems. I have written a separate post all about this called Paxos Car Rental – Everything You Need To Know.

Driving around the island of Paxos is a lovely experience, and one that I enjoyed tremendously. The best bit for as a photographer and someone who loves finding places was the side roads off the main roads down to the beaches.

There were all sorts of fascinating views and things to stop and look at.

This of course is the beauty of having a car – you have the freedom to go wherever you want whenever you want.

The roads are not at all busy – the main things to be aware of are the following.

Tourist drivers – I count myself as one of these. You can tell locals from tourists in an instant! Just keep your eyes on the road and be aware of other drivers.

Large wagons and buses. This was a surprise to me – a large wagon driving from Gaios to Lakka certainly surprised me and reminded me that I need to be way over to the left!

Unusually parked vehicles. I did come across the odd vehicle parked in less than convenient places on my travels around the island.

The one-way system in Gaios. This takes you through some fairly narrow roads with in the middle of the town – another thing to be aware of.

Steep roads. I nearly got stuck trying to get back up the hill from Erimitis Bay Beach – make sure that you can get back up a road that you are going down before you do so!

Taxis on Paxos

The taxi service on Paxos is excellent. At busy times make sure you book in advance. Name and numbers of the taxi drivers are below, and are also displayed on bus timetables in the main towns of Loggos, Lakka and Gaios.

Loggos

  • Mr. Christos Argyros: (+30) 6977472747
  • Mr. Tasos Mourikis  : (+30) 6976648486

Lakka

  • Mr. Kostas Antiohos: (+30) 6974002236

Gaios

  • Mr. Nikos Mourikis  : +(30) 6984220011
  • Mr. Haris Bogdanos: (+30) 6974135660

Prices are perfectly reasonable, and the service is very reliable. The drivers are lovely and friendly, the cars are nice and clean. All good basically – book early whenever you can.

Taxis also pick up and drop off at the bus stop in Gaios, right by the main car park and the Paxos Market.

Boats from Paxos

You can go on boat trips from Gaios back to Corfu of to Igoumenista, and also of course to Antipaxos

Boat rental

This is one of my top thing things to do on Paxos. I have written a post titled Should I drive a hire boat to Antipaxos from Paxos? which introduces this subject. I will also be writing a separate post all about a day on a hire boat going from Paxos to Antipaxos. And back!

You can of course rent a boat and just pootle around – you don’t have to go to Antipaxos. There are lots of great little coves, beaches and cliffs to explore whilst staying in the waters of Paxos itself.

Walking on Paxos

Yep I loved walking around the island, be it from my hotel to remote places or parking the car then just going off exploring.

If you are going to use your phone for navigation a word of warning – the mobile phone signal can drop off quite dramatically. I had trouble finding the magnificent Tripitos Arch as the phone signal just died on me, leaving me walking around in circles staring at random directions.

If you like walking buy a map – I am quite ashamed that I did not do this, especially with me being trained in all these things when I was in the scouts some years ago granted.

And my other top piece of advice – take water – don’t do what I did, which you can view on this short video on my Paxos Travel Guide YouTube channel.

Swimming

Swimming on Paxos is lovely. I often was joined on my sunrise shoots by locals enjoying an early morning swim. It was a surprise to me that quite often this was skinny dipping though!! Quite a shock when I am trying photograph and video the sunrise I have to say!

The waters are lovely and clear outside of the main harbours of Lakka, Loggos and Gaios by the way.

No I am not saying swim from one place to another, not unless you are a strong swimmer and have a really good waterproof bag!

Excursions

If you have travelled with tour operator on a package holiday you will of course be offered excursions. I strongly recommend the day trip to Paxos – we did this the first time we came to Paxos and all it did was make us want to come back. TUI and Olympic Holidays offer holidays and excursions on Paxos.

Beyond that many hotels can assist with trips out.

We found the best way was just to walk around the three main towns of Lakka, Loggos and Gaios and see what was on offer. There are various places offering trips around the island and from Gaios to other islands.

Bikes, Scooters, Quad bikes

You can hire these from various rental places in Loggos, Lakka and Gaios. I know it would be nice to list the places on this post, but a lot of them do not have their own websites, so a list would not be complete.

I assume that if you are going to Paxos you will be visiting at least one of the three main towns at some point – all you need to do is walk around and you will find what you are looking for.

To summarise getting around the Greek Island of Paxos is easy and an absolute delight. My favourite bits were renting a boat and also exploring the lesser known parts.

How to get around Paxos? Any way you want – just enjoy it like I did!!

Paxos Car Rental – Everything You Need To Know

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

Renting a car on Paxos is relatively easy and is a great way to independently explore this wonderful Greek Island.

Paxos car rental – everything you need to know – that is what this post is about and nothing else. In this post I will tell how to rent a car, where from, how much it will cost, what kind of car you might get and what you need to bring with you when you are renting a car. Also, what it is like driving a car on Paxos. And lots of other helpful good stuff all based on my actual experiences driving in Paxos.

What is it like driving on Paxos?

I did this on my last trip to Paxos and had a great time driving round the island getting to those less than obvious places all by myself. Driving around Driving on Paxos is just fine – nothing to worry about. The roads are fine and driving is generally a pleasant experience.

Just make sure that you are fully aware of things around you – Paxos is such a relaxing place you do need to make sure you are aware enough to drive!

How big is the island of Paxos?

Not big. You can get from Lakka at the top of the island to Mongonissi at the foot of the island in less than half an hour. Time depends entirely on other traffic, stopping along the way and getting lost.

Yes, on an island so small it is still possible to get lost. I managed to more than once. Look at the road map and you might wonder how this is possible!

And I did not make a single trip without stopping somewhere along the way to look at something of interest.

A word on Sat Navs

If you have a Sat Nav it would not be a bad idea to take it with you. If you are relying on the Sat Nav on your mobile phone you will run into problems on the edges of the island, where the signal just disappears.

This is part of the reason I got lost, trying to find places. Well it can’t be my fault can it?

And yes I know the island is small but it really will help you.

Which side of the road will I drive on?

The right. Which is alien to me used to driving on the left. But you soon get used to it.

I had to give myself the odd reminder though!

What is the speed limit on Paxos?

I believe that the speed limit is 50kmh all over Paxos, although I really do not remember seeing a speed limit sign anywhere. This is the national speed limit in Greece for built up and urban areas.

And no there are no motorways!

What are the roads like?

Not bad at all. They could do with a little bit of work, but the condition in general terms is pretty good. They are no worse than minor roads in England. To be fair there are bits of the A27 that are in much worse condition!

One word of warning – be careful when going down the steep hills to the coast. I drove down to Erimitis Bay Beach and struggled to get back up the hill – when I say struggled I really struggled, nearly burning out the clutch. The problem was that my Peugeot 108 could not deliver enough power to the wheels to get up the steep hill!!

Where can I hire a car on Paxos?

Lots of places. Every town has car hire companies, and many of the hotels hire cars as well. I hired my car from Hotel Bastas for two days, which cost me around €50.

Here are the main hire car companies on Paxos

Lakka

Routsis Rent A Car – https://www.routsis-holidays.com/web/index.php/art/129/0/677/Car-Hire.html

Loggos

Loggos Car Rentals – https://www.facebook.com/Loggos-Car-Rentals-380727272410459/

Gaios

Ionian Rent a Car / Scooter / Quad bike Spiros Grammatikos –https://www.paxosrentacars.com

Green Motion Paxos Gaios Downtown – https://greenmotion.com/car-hire/greece/paxos-gaios-downtown

Alfa Car Hire Paxos – https://www.alfacarhirepaxos.com

Cars can be hired from many other places around the island, including from hotels and tour operators, and can be booked online in advance.

Make sure that there is a car available when you want it

A quick tip here – make sure that you book your car in advance – whilst demand is pretty low supply of hire cars is equally low so don’t get to the end of your holiday and decide you want to hire a car only to find you can’t get one. I suggest you book a car early on in your stay so you know it is sorted.

The same applies to boats!

What documents do I need to hire a car?

All I needed to produce was my full UK driving license and a credit card for just in case. As I hired the car from the hotel they had already seen my passport.

You need to have your driving license, passport and proof of insurance/ hire agreement with you when driving at all times though.

And this is what the RAC say about driving licenses

National driving licences conforming with the model in Annex 9 of the 1949 Convention or in Annex 6 of the 1968 Convention or with the European Communities’ model are accepted.

Obviously this applies at the time of writing this post in January 2019!

How old do I need to be to hire a car?

You need to be a minimum age of 18 to hire a car on Paxos. There may be restrictions for younger drivers which did not apply to me of course being quite old.

Is there anything else I need to have with me when driving on Paxos?

ou should have a warning triangle and fire extinguisher when driving a car anywhere in Greece – see then end of this post for a piece of invaluable information about the police presence on Paxos!

How much does car rental cost?

The cheapest car rental I found online was €12 per day. This was with Auto Europe https://www.autoeurope.co.uk/car-hire-paros/

What kind of cars are available?

Small hatchback cars are the norm on Paxos. I drove a Peugeot 108 which was fine (most of the time).

Here is a photo of it. With my shadow.

How much does fuel cost?

The cost of fuel in Greece has reduced quite a lot on general terms. The current price is circa €1.50 per litre, but you can expect to pay more than that on Paxos.

Where are the petrol stations?

Obviously being a small island there are not that many petrol stations.

Two actually!

is The Shell petrol station on the road to Lakka from Gaios – it is just south of the junction where the two roads out of Gaios meet on the way to Lakka.

The other petrol station, the BP one is located on the road going south from Gaios down to the bottom of the island – not the coast road but the other one.

Here is a map which will explain things more clearly.

Location of petrol stations on Paxos
Location of petrol stations on Paxos

At the Shell station you don’t fill up yourself – it is done for you, which is always nice. And I can’t vouch for the BP station as I only fuelled up once. Well I would for three days on such a small island!

Do I have to pay for parking?

The only car park I found where I had to pay for parking was at the car park at the supermarket in Gaios – Paxos Market – this it turns out is the “public” car park in Gaios. At most places the parking is rather informal, and I never once saw any form of parking enforcement.

What are other drivers like?

This is the interesting bit. Let me put this diplomatically. You can tell the local drivers from the tourist drivers. And I was clearly a tourist driver.

And it can get a bit interesting when there is a bus or large wagon coming the other way!

Any places to avoid?

Be careful with the steep roads down to the beach as I said before. And the other interesting thing is driving along the seafront in Loggos – if the bus is coming the other way best wait for it to go past as it is a bit tight! You really need to see this to believe it.

I seriously regret not taking a video of this spectacle!

A quick word about the police presence on Paxos.

There are two policemen on the island – I know I have seen them both together!

When Is The Best Time To Visit Paxos?

Paxos Travel Guide by Rick McEvoy

You have decided to visit the wonderful Greek Island of Paxos. Great decision, but there is a very important question that needs to be answered.

When is the best time to visit Paxos? It really depends on what you want to do and get out of the island, but our favourite time to visit Paxos Is August, where we have enjoyed long, lovely hot summer days. In this post I will share my experiences of visiting Paxos in August, as well as give you my thoughts on the problems holidaying out of season in Paxos.

What is Paxos like in August?

Hot. Lovely and hot with nice long days. It might be a touch too hot for some people, and sometimes it can be a challenge getting ready in the evening to go out for dinner. If you like days lounging about by the pool reading and taking in some sun August is perfect.

And I loved it going out and exploring and taking photos.

In August I could go out well before sunrise in just shorts and a t-shirt and be absolutely fine. And when I went out at noon to find other locations to photograph whilst I got hot and sweaty I was fine as long as I had water.

Me feeling the effects of the heat on an afternoon explore in August on Paxos without any water!
Me feeling the effects of the heat on an afternoon explore in August on Paxos without any water!

OK not the best look granted but I survived!!!! And here is the video!

I managed to do my writing when we got back to the room each day later afternoon sat on the front balcony of our room at Hotel Bastas – the upper floors did provide some air movement which gave a bit of respite.

We did witness a bit of rain which was interesting – it was all over in an hour though – check out the video on my YouTube channel.

And the hire boat trip to Anti-Paxos was a complete joy, a sunbathing delight. You can read more about that in a future post.

So, we love going to Paxos in August, but are looking forward to going back out of season for a completely different island experience.

OK – that is my take on holidaying in Paxos in August – now for some facts which will help you decide which is the best time of year to visit Paxos.

Average Air temperature

According to the website Holiday Weather website these are the average air temperatures

  • January – 10° C
  • February – 10° C
  • March – 12° C
  • April – 14° C
  • May – 19° C
  • June – 22° C
  • July – 25° C
  • August – 25° C
  • September – 22° C
  • October – 18° C
  • November – 15° C
  • December – 11° C

That only tells you part of the story. The high/ low temperatures in say August are 31/ 19° C. I don’t remember experiencing 19° C at any point in our two visits to Paxos to be honest – it felt much, much warmer than that even at night. Bearing in mind that I was often up at 4 in the morning to go out and photograph sunrise.

Average sea temperature

  • January – 17° C
  • February – 15° C
  • March – 15° C
  • April – 17° C
  • May – 19° C
  • June – 22° C
  • July – 25° C
  • August – 25° C
  • September – 25° C
  • October – 23° C
  • November – 20° C
  • December – 18° C

Very, very nice indeed. 25 degrees is a sheer joy to swim, snorkel, just immerse yourself in. And pick the right spot and the waters are crystal clear.

Average hours of sunshine

  • January – 5 hours
  • February – 5 hours
  • March – 6 hours
  • April – 7 hours
  • May – 9 hours
  • June – 10 hours
  • July – 12 hours
  • August – 11 hours
  • September – 8 hours
  • October – 6 hours
  • November – 5 hours
  • December – 4 hours

July and August for me – I go to Greek Islands for all that lovely sunshine, amongst other things of course!

That the facts – what about getting there out of the main season?

OK – so we have established that the sea temperature is lovely all year round (I can say this as a qualified scuba diver living in England!), and that the air temperature is lovely and warm May to October.

How about getting to Paxos out of season?

You can read my post all about getting to Paoxs here, but what about getting to Paxos out of season?

Getting flights to Paxos airport. Sorry – Corfu Airport.

Read more about Paxos airport in this not so serious post “Paxos airport – everything you ever need to know guaranteed!” Seriously now, Corfu International Airport is a major international airport.

Flying from Bournemouth International Airport

At the time of writing this (January 2019) to fly to Corfu right now involves stops at Alicante, Frankfurt and Athens! I did find a flight with just two stops, but you get the point – this is not peak time of year.

Flying from London

Flying from London is a tad easier out of the main season, but you still have to change in Athens. Off season flights from the UK to Paxos are therefore via Athens. I am sure that there are alternatives, but this is the conventional way of getting to Corfu.

Ferries

OK. Two/ three stops later we are at Corfu International Airport. Now how do we get to Paxos? Well this is a bit of a problem.

According to the website Paxos Greece there are three ferries from Corfu New Port to Gaios, Despina Passenger Boat (Kamelia Lines), Christa Passenger Boat (Kamelia Lines) and the Ilida II.

They do not start running until June 18th and stop running 30th September. Well the Christa runs on an extra month, stopping it’s service October 31st.

So that is a bit of a problem.

Getting to Paxos outside of the main holiday season

You can get a ferry direct from Igoumenitsa to Paxos off season. You can check out the timetable here.

Where is Igoumenitsa? It is on mainland Greece – here it is on the map.

At the time of writing there is one service to Paxos departing at 11.15am. Return ferries depart Paxos back to Igoumenitsa

I have finally got to Paxos – now what?

Hotels

Most of the hotels in Paxos close down for the winter. We stopped at the lovely Hotel Bastas in Lakka. Hotel Bastas is open from 1st May to 30th September – this is typical of the tourist hotels on Paxos. If you want to stay off season your best bet is to find a hotel in Gaios, the capital of the island. The choice is rather limited though I have to say.

It will take a bit of digging around on the internet through the usual hotel booking sites.

Apartments

If you contact owners direct you might get an off-season bargain – try Owners Direct.

Restaurants

Same thing. Gaios is your best bet out of season, the smaller towns are pretty much closed down out of season and most people are on the mainland of Corfu or other places off Paxos.

Summary – when is the best time to visit Paxos?

As you will now have gathered the best time to go to Paxos is when everything is open! The main season is May to the end of September. Out of these times it is possible to stay in Paxos, but your choices of transport to get there as well as places to eat and drink will be limited.

And it can be cold, wet and windy.

But it will be very, very quiet.

It is my ambition to have an extended holiday in Paxos out of season, and I am thinking October. It is still nice and warm, even though the days are shorter, but this quiet Greek Island will be significantly quitter immediately out of season. I am thinking the first week in October maybe?

So, to get back to the original question, when is the best time to visit Paxos? Anytime between May and September – it really depends on the temperatures that you are comfortable with and what you want to do.

If you want to go walking the early months will be better, but if you want to lie in the sun all day then July and August are the best months.