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The myth of Paxos says that Zeus, in a fit of rage, grabbed off a little chunk of Corfu and hurled it southwards, where it landed, about 14kms away - a stones throw. It's too small, and too close to Corfu, to have its own airport and that's protected Paxos from over development. And despite the myth of being created in anger, Paxos is as tranquil and beautiful a place as you'll find in the Ionian islands, and some of the best places to stay on Paxos are real homes from home.
Paxos's coastline is where most of the island's life is centred, in three villages facing the Greek mainland.
Gaios is the main town, and where the ferry comes in. A charming strip of pink and white buildings backed by olive groves and green hills.
To the north is Lakka which has a spectacularly beautiful harbour popular with sailors - to the extent that there's not a lot on land but bars and tavernas.
And the third town is Loggos, more of a hamlet, but with an excellent selection of restaurants referencing Paxos's Ottoman and Italian past as well as its own culinary traditions.
The rest of the coastline deserves exploration as well. Crenelated and undulating, this is a varied coast of hidden coves and bays. The striking white of the cliffs means this coastline is gorgeous when seen from the sea, and many of the beaches have those large, flat, pale stones which make the water appear extra aqua.
As well as exploring Paxos from the sea, you can also shoot off to Anti Paxos, an island just off the windward side, which has sandy, rather than pebbly, beaches.
The interior is no less lovely than the coastline, if you like olive groves with ancient olive presses and windmills, lush green hills and the view from atop sheer limestone cliffs. The main walking trails are old mule tracks, but they criss cross the island so thoroughly that it would take you several months to run out of new paths to explore.
Paxos doesn't have the nightlife of bustle of Corfu, but that's part of its charm! But if does have some excellent restaurants, just the right number of bars and boutiques, and a single discotheque!
- Torri e merli is a wonderfully Zen property designed to ensure you reap the full benefit of Paxos's relaxational charms. This is five stars at its most simple and elegant, with a focus on wonderful Ionian views, spa therapies and good Mediterranean food. Just looking at the photos is enough to relax you...It's easily one of the best places to stay in Paxos if you're looking for a spot of laid back luxury!
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Torri e merli 7 rooms from $251Lakka, Paxos
A Five Star property with the emphasis on Zen. Simple, elegant, contemporary rooms and suites in chromes and white with sophisticated furniture. Gourmet Mediterranean restaurant, spa therapies, and lovely pool area. A skip from the beach.Views - Over the Ionian SeaRomantic Break5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Spa