Gaios is the capital of the small island of Paxos - hardly big enough to be called a town, but with a certain elegance and sophistication that no mere village can aspire to. Its British and Venetian past is reflected in the handsome neo-classic buildings of the waterfront, its Greek character evident in the colour-washed houses and the happy people.
The main square of cafe bars has a waterfront overlooking the pine-covered islet of St. Nicholas and leads to a selection of narrow, no-car streets with an attractive variety of shops, bars and tavernas.
Speedboats depart from Gaios square every half hour, taking passengers to the sandy beaches of AntiPaxos (a 20 minute journey).
The safe anchorage, situated
in front of the town is a must
for an overnight stop, if you can find a place during the peak of the season. There is a water point on the pier and a phone call wil bring the fuel tanker.
Worth visiting in Gaios:
- The fortress of Agios Nikolaos .
- The Monastery of Panagia on the small island
bearing the same name.
- The church of Holly Apostles (Agii Apostoli).
- The Paleo-Christian church of Agia Marina in
- The Folklore Museum of Paxos. (Opening hours 11:00-13:00 am, 19:30-22:30 pm).
Distances: Longos 7km - Lakka 10 km.
Amenities: Tavernas/Shops/Bakery/WF Internet/Telephone
Beaches: Kaki Lagathi 5 mins walk, Small beach Kamini 5 mins walk, Mongonissi Bay 10 mins by car.
Note: Car or bike hire is essential, Boat hire is recommended.