Paxos is a relatively well kept secret. A tiny Greek island with the most stunning turquoise waters.
Secondly, most of the towns are set around quaint harbours and many restaurants are on the water's edge - basically I'm saying there's a lot of sheer drops into water. I was glad I wasn't travelling with a toddler as the level of surveillance required would exhaust me. Mr Baby was nine months old and crawling so this was a grand age to take him as you don't let babies crawl in the street or around tavernas anyway. Take one look at the sea and the views and you can see why it's an appealing island and a privilege to visit at any age.
DAY TRIP TO LAKKA - Visiting the town of Lakka is obligatory as the views are breathtaking. We hopped on the bus to get there from Gaios. There's not much to do except hang out on the beach, eat at the tavernas and take in the scenery but what a pleasure it is to just play and hang out in such a setting. There were pebbly beaches all over Paxos so I did play the endlessly fun game of 'no, take the pebble out of your mouth. No sweety, out of your mouth. Take it out of your mouth'. Mr Baby tried to ignore me.
We booked with Travel a la Carte and they were fabulous and so personable. I'd strongly recommend them - the married couple who met us were above and beyond helpful. Click here to see where we stayed. We opted for a self catering apartment and the "Eleni' villa was homely, safe for Mr Baby to crawl around (both indoors and pretty good outdoors as well) and the bathroom tiles were pure funky if a bit bonkers. The gallery (click here) shows what was on offer - and those tiles.
There are steps leading up from the harbour to lots of the properties (including ours) but with our lightweight Maclaren buggy, and my husband doing most of the pushing, we didn't really have big issues. I probably wouldn't want to deal with it if travelling alone.
For somewhere so unspoilt and delicious getting to Paxos is relatively easy- simply fly to Corfu, then hop on the ferry. The ferry terminal, New Port, is about a 15 minute drive from the airport so it's pretty joined up. The taxis charge a fair rate, under €15, but if this is making your brain hurt then most Paxos letting agents will organise your transfer for a fee. Obviously it's cheaper to sort it out yourself.
The boat to Paxos from Corfu (Despina Passenger Boat) is tiny and full of character. It takes around 95 minutes and you can sit outside taking in the rays and the views, or in the cabin. Kids will love it. Times and info are here. We pre-booked the tickets from the UK to ensure a seat onboard and it was no bother collecting them from a small office close to New Port harbour. [There's also a hydrofoil which we didn't choose as the times didn't work for us.]
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