Paxi (Paxoi; in Greek it's a plural form) is the smallest island group located within Ionian Islands (Heptanese). Paxos are the largest islands along with nearby Antipaxos. The island group covers a total area of approx 30,121 km2 (11,630 ml2) and has a population of around 2,300 people (2011 census).
- Antipaxos is popular for its wine and a couple of the finest sand beaches in Ionian Sea. Gaios is Paxoi's main town and seat of municipality. In Greek mythology, Poseidon made the isle by striking Corfu with a trident, so that he and his wife Amphitrite could live in quiet and peace.
- Though it was probably inhabited from prehistoric times, Phoenicians are traditionally considered to have been the first Paxos' settlers. The name is thought to be derived from "Pax", meaning trapezoidal.
- Paxos Island is noted for Battle of Paxos, fought during First Illyrian War (229 BC) between the Illyrian fleets and ancient Greek. The battle was recorded by the historian Polybius (The Histories, book 2, chapter 2).
- From the 2nd century BC the Romans ruled the island. During the Middle Ages and Byzantine period it constantly suffered by pirate attacks. After various Crusaders and rulers had passed through, at the end of the 14th century Paxos Island was taken by the Venetians.
- During the Napoleonic wars, Ionian Islands were taken by the Russo-Turkish alliance and the French. On February 13, 1814 Paxos Island surrendered to HMS Apollo (Royal Navy frigate) and 160 troops from 2nd Greek Light Infantry from Cephalonia and 35th Regiment of Royal Corsican Rangers. The United Kingdom established Ionian Union in 1815. Along with the rest of Heptanese, Paxos Island was ceded to Greece in 1864.
- The island is serviced by ferry boats and hydrofoils from Igoumenitsa (mainland Greece port; 1,5 hours), hydrofoil boats out of Corfu (1h); from Bari and Brindisi (4h).
- The presence of celebrities, and the development of coastal area (mostly by Italians) explains why Paxos Island has become one of the most expensive pieces of Greek real estate.
Paxos Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Paxos Island dock (anchor) at Gaios - port town on the western coast.
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