Travel Diary: Paxos/Corfu
I have to admit, Paxos is one of the most beautiful Greek Islands I've been too. After landing in Corfu we boarded a boat and travelled for about 50 minutes to get to this stunning tiny island. The owner of our Villa picked us up from the port and drove us to our 'home from home' and it was amazing. Spacious rooms, comfy beds, lovely pool, well decorated, clean, fridge full with local goodies and we were clearly not the first people to have the same reaction. The guest book was filled, page after page, with wonderful prose from families, friends and couples all stating how magical the villa, host and island were. We could not have agreed more!
Somehow I found Paxos to be greener then the other Greek Islands I have visited and each beach was nicer then the last. The picture below was our own private beach that was just stunning. A short but steep walk down the hill from the Villa led to this deserted bit of paradise. The whole island is surrounded by turquoise waters, so crystal clear.
We rented a boat for a day and went to see the many caves that are dotted around the island. It was so lovely to jump off the boat and swim through them and do some exploring. We love taking a boat out for a day. We do it every holiday and it always ends up being a favourite day, Paxos was no exception!
We spent five nights on Paxos and two nights on Corfu itself. Now Corfu has never really been on my travel radar but I'm really pleased I got to experience it. Corfu was defiantly more lively then Paxos with more tourism and a lot more people but it was still lovely. We stayed in the back streets of the town and spent our days wondering the lanes, popping in and out of shops and admiring the beautiful architecture.
I think the thing that stood out to me most about Corfu was the fact that the exterior of their buildings were beautiful but mainly dishevelled with crumbling facades but the interiors of the bars and restaurants were so well put together it made me wonder why there was such a contrast. It gave me my fill of fab interiors though so I didn't worry too much!
I would recommend Paxos for anyone wanting to escape for a while and be on a remote yet stunning island! The food, as always, was incredible, I think I ate my body weight in Seafood! Corfu as I mentioned had a lot more tourism so I personally wouldn't stay for more then a few days. Two nights was just the right amount of time to take in the sites, enjoy the culture and visit the best beaches. Definitely put Paxos on your travel wish list!