At a glance
Dive into the magical waters of the Blue Caves
Take a boat trip over to Antipaxos from Loggos
Hike coast-to-coast across the island's rugged landscape
Destinations in Paxos
Top things to See and Do in Paxos
A bevy of beaches
For such a small island, Paxos is jam-packed with shingle beaches. The east coast alone has 30-odd bays to lay your towel on, and there are more just waiting to be discovered. Head to one of the inlets – like Gaios or Lakka – for sunloungers and sea-view tavernas.
The big beach
Arguably one of the most beautiful beaches on Paxos – even if it's man-made – Mogonissi beach is the island's only sandy shore. The crystal-clear waters are great for swimming and snorkelling, and you can even rent kayaks to check out the nearby coast.
The secret beach
Unlike a lot of the more popular Greek islands, unknown beaches are a dime-a-dozen here – maybe because most can't be accessed from land. Hire yourself a motorboat from the harbour towns, pack a picnic and head for the west coast around the Ortholithos Stack to find your very own little cove.
Just outside Magazia's the mecca of olive oil – the Olive Oil Museum. This is the place to stock up on everything from bottles of the golden elixir to moisturising soaps and beauty goodies. For colourful fridge magnets and postcards of the island, pop to the waterfront gift shops.
The shopping scene on Paxos is much like the island – low-key and traditional, that is. Locally made crafts, like intricately embroidered linens from Loggos, are the kind of souvenirs you'll be taking home. In Gaios, wander down the narrow streets that wind around the harbour to find hidden shops selling handmade, glazed ceramics and olive-wood carvings.
Take home something a little different from one of the island's jewellery shops. These little workshops-turned-boutiques are owned by local artisans, who carefully design each piece by hand. Head to jewellers in and around Loggos' harbour for your pick of one-of-a-kind treasures. If you're feeling up to the ferry, hop over to Corfu Town, where there's honey-toned gold to splurge on.
After dusk, work your way through the menus at waterfront tavernas, or try easygoing cocktail bars in Loggos, Lakka and Gaios. Those who love a sunset should find a table at the restaurant and bar atop the chalky-white cliffs at Erimitis Bay. Everything here's served with photogenic views.
Life's more about laidback bars than crazy parties here. In Loggos, head to the seafront bars to sip the area's famed watermelon-vodka cocktails, or find the cool hangouts in Gaios' Panagioti Kanga and Gaios Square. These might just get you in the mood to put on your dancing shoes and shimmy on down to one of the two clubs near the town's harbour.
Paxos fish stew
A dish that breaks tradition, this stew combines fish, prawns and spices with red wine. It's a firm favourite here, so you'll find it on menus in the island's top restaurants.
Simple but satisfying, Saganaki's straight-up grilled Greek cheese. It's topped with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of sesame, then served on a leafy salad.
Found in every bakery, these savoury delights are made with layers of pastry and cheese, then baked until they're golden – perfect for a beach picnic.
A traditional dish topped with veggies and local herbs, this slow-cooked lamb will melt in your mouth. Some recipes also add feta for a creamier texture – and to make it that little bit more Greek.
From an island that's got more vines than people, this rich red's up there with the best wines in the Ionian Islands.