Gaios is located in Paxoi, a small group of Ionian Islands, and Paxos and Antipaxos are the largest among them. Paxos Island is a small picturesque island in the large Ionian Sea. Its landscape is filled with endless green olive groves and vineyards. The coastline is dotted with beautiful caves and chalky cliffs.
Gaios, capital of Paxos Island, is a beautiful village built around the harbor, which is protected by Agios Nikolas and Panagia, two small islands.
This charming port town spreads along the waterfront and can be entered from the north or the south.
This quaint little village with Venetian and British architecture, the pedestrianized seafront square and the maze of side streets is a quite a fascinating place.
The lifestyle of the people is unhurried and relaxing, and they are very friendly and hospitable.
A Little Bit of History
Paxoi islands have been inhabited by the Phoenicians, who were the first settlers. It was taken by the Romans in the second century BC.
The island was under the constant attack of the pirates in the Middle Ages and the Byzantine period.
It passed through the hands of various rulers and the island was captured by the Venetians in the 14th century.
The View of Paxoi, Greece
The island was taken over by the French alliance during the time of the Napoleonic War and in 1814 the island surrendered to the Royal Navy.
In 1815, the Ionian Union was established by the British, but in 1864, Paxos was made a Greek state along with the rest of the Heptanese region.
Gaios gets its name from Apostle Gaios who preached on the island during the first years after Christ’s death.
The alluring shops and boutiques sell clothing and jewelry at reasonable prices, and Paxoi is famous for its pottery.
Many festivals are celebrated in Gaios and the most important are the Feast Day of Saint Gaios and the the Assumption of the Virgin.
The Annual International Music Festival held in September is also a popular event of Gaios.
Where is Gaios?
- 51.6 miles/ 83.1 km from Corfu, Greece
- 53 miles/ 85.4 km from Parga, Greece
- 79.5 miles/ 128 km from Preveza, Greece
- 110.6 miles/ 178 km from Lefkada, Greece
- 330.5 miles/ 532 km from Agios Dimitrios, Greece
- 52.6 miles/ 84.7 km from Corfu Airport, Greece
- 82 miles/ 132 km from Preveza Airport, Greece
- 77 miles/ 124 km from Ioannina Airport, Greece
Things to See
- St. Nicholas Island
- Agioi Apostoloi Church
- Paxos Museum
- Geramonachos Village
- Mousmouli Cliffs
- Gaios Square
- Plani Lighthouse
- Olive Press Museum
- Kipos and Marmari Beaches
- Harami and Kanoni Beaches
- Monodendri Beach
- Anti Paxos
Paxoi is an artist’s paradise, and its aquamarine sea and pebbly beaches have to be seen to be believed.
It is the perfect place to wind down as nothing is done in a hurry, and the locals are so welcoming that you will feel at home.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!