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Paxos beaches: Tips & Location
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Did you know that Paxos has a sister island called Antipaxos?
Well, it does, and they are both called Paxoi, which is plural for Paxos.
In Greek, we say Paxoi when we refer to both, but I hear a lot of foreigners call them both Paxos, which is inaccurate.
Now, both islands boast amazing beaches, and you should visit them all.
And since Antipaxos, which is the smaller of the two and the southern one, has very little accommodation, you will need probably to organize a boat ride to get there.
Paxos beaches: Type
Paxos has many stunning beaches to offer, all of them with mid-sized pebbles and crystal clear azure-blue waters.
You will not find sandy beaches on Paxos.
If sand is what you are looking for, then you should look at the other side of Greece, at the Aegean.
The majority of Paxos beaches have an easy-to-walk-on pebble while some a large one that is difficult to walk on.
Also, keep in mind that umbrellas cannot be anchored on pebble beaches, so you should look into a tent for your shading.
Paxos beaches: Location
Most of Paxos beaches are located on the east coast of the island, the one that is facing Greece’s mainland.
Thus, they provide calmer waters, and they are a safer bet when it is windy.
The eastern side beaches are easily accessible by car, and you might have to walk slightly for some, like Kipiadi beach, for instance.
Many beaches on Paxos do not have organized facilities, and some do not even have a single tree for shade, so it is a good idea to be equipped with an umbrella if you would like to explore them all.
Antipaxos Beaches: Location
As I mentioned earlier, Antipaxos is only reached by sea.
As such, in order to get here, you have to organize your trip by boat.
You have two options; first one would be to get a ride with one of the many seamen who will transport you to Antipaxos and back for about 15€ both ways.
And second to rent a small private boat starting from 80€/day (excluding gas).
The option is yours but if you are more than 2 people, then the second option is much better because this way you can move around the beaches.
And trust me, it is really worth it.
The best beaches on paxoi islands
Paxos best beaches
1. Monodendri beach
A beautiful beach that offers it all and will make everybody in your group happy.
Natural shade, sunbeds & umbrellas if you wish, restaurants, bars, crystal clear waters, and calm waters.
Oh, did I mention easy car access and parking?
Truly, this beach is a true have-it-all beach, and it is the one where we spent most of the days when we visited.
To your left, the Northern part of this beach, Ben’s bar is very popular amongst British tourists.
Ben offers free stand-up boards, bar and food service, and sunbeds.
2. Marmari beach
Marmari beach is another incredible beach that could be the best beach of Paxos.
Contrary to Monodendri this beach has no facilities.
Purely stunning waters, serenity, and calmness inside a forest of olive trees.
Make sure to bring drinks and food because you will have to park your car about 150m (490ft) from the beach and follow a rough dirt road descend.
But, let me assure you that it is all worth it.
3. Kipiadi beach
When we talk about remote, wild, and untouched, then we probably think of Kipiadi beach of Paxos.
Nested in a large but secluded, East facing bay,
Kipiadi will dazzle you with its untouched beauty.
To me, it felt like you are in remote Asia or similar because there are hardly and structures visible.
However, be warned that there is no inch of natural shade and that the parking is scarce, and you still have to descend 75m (250ft) of tall rocky steps to get there.
4. Erimitis beach
Erimitis beach of Paxos is a must-see attraction of Paxos. Hands down.
That is, IF you are willing to descend the last 10 minutes of (Himalaia style) very steep descend.
And the hard road before that and the scarcity of parking.
You are much better off renting a small motor-boat to get to Erimitis beach, though.
The motorboat prices start from 80€/day and it is worth the money even if it is just to visit this particular beach because it is simply INCREDIBLE.
It will give you this WOW effect, and you will not want to leave.
So bring a lot of water, an umbrella (and a pair of new knees if you decide to drive there).
5. Levrechio beach
On the downside, there is a small dirt road that passes just in between the taverna and Levrechio beach, and even though the traffic is infrequent, it can be slightly irritating.
6. Mongonissi beach
Now, if beach service is what you are looking for and you don’t mind sacrificing water clarity and pureness, then head to Mongonissi beach.
Nested in the secluded waters of Ozia bay, this beach has a beach bar, a descent waterfront restaurant, and a dock where you can tie your boat.
If you are not a boater, I would not recommend this beach simply because the trade-off on water quality is not worth it.
7. Stafiucha beach on Paxos
Great little beach to the South of Gaios and an excellent option if you do not want to drive to the north of the island for Monodendri or Marmari.
You will have to park on the road, which can be tricky; however, just follow the example of the others and try not to block the street curves.
You will walk a narrow and very short path down to the beach and usually be clotted with others.
But it is all good as you are in Paxoi 🙂
8. Plakes beach
Plakes is conveniently located close to Gaios town.
This is not really a beach, rather more of a place to jump from to the water.
As the name implies, Plakes (“rock slabs”) expect to find refreshing waters and little sitting area right on the slabs.
This place is popular to the young crowd.
9. Avlaki beach
If you have extra days and if you have visited all the above beaches of Paxos, then why not search further, right?
Well, Avlaki could be for you, given you do not mind the rough access.
Avlakia beach is located on the West side of Paxos inside a minuscule bay.
It offers stunning clear waters and few crowds at the expense of ease of access and proximity.
10. Gianas beach
You don’t want to go to Gianas beach unless you have to.
Well, not exactly but almost.
You see, the thing is that this beach is the closest to Gaios town, so it tends to get REALLY packed.
Nevertheless, if you are looking for a quick swim and are either without a car or on a boat, Gianas beach could be an option for you.
Pick the day and time carefully, and you might be able to find a piece of beach to put your beach bag.
Antipaxos Best Beaches
1. Voutoumi beach
This one could be the most famous beach in the entire Paxoi.
Stunning turquoise waters resembling blue lagoon and white seabed attract visitors from all around the world.
There is an excellent taverna right on the beach too.
To enjoy Voutoumi of Antipaxos best, rent a small motorboat, and visit the earliest you can.
Unless you visit before early June and after mid-September, the small bay gets flooded with tourists arriving by all types of sea transport.
Not only via small motorboats and sailing boats, large yachts too; and after 10am via day cruise ships arriving from Corfu, Parga, and Sivota.
I’m not saying that it is not worth to visit by no means.
Just know that there are so many more incredible beaches on Paxoi, and you should spend a day at Voutoumi and then move on to more.
Vrika beach is where you will be dropped off if you choose to arrive by sea transport.
This is a nice beach but will serve you probably for a quick swim before you head off to exploring more beaches on Antipaxos.
Mesovrika beach, an easy 3minute walk, is probably the most secluded beach you can access on a day trip, and I would advise you to go there if you see large crowds on Voutoumi.
Some people prefer this beach over all Antipaxos beaches too.
If you decide to rent a motorboat, then head to the other side of Voutoumi and be rewarded with much fewer crowds.
Depending on the wind direction, here you might find calm protected waters too.
What about yourself, what are your favorite beaches of Paxoi?
Share below; the other readers and I are looking forward to read all about it.