PAXOS - ANTIPAXOS
In the ancient times the island of Antipaxos was included among the group of island named Paxi. Paxi were detached from Corfu by Neptune, the God of the Sea, so that his beloved Amphitriti would have an isolated and beautiful settlement (mythology).
The island of Paxi are well-known for the sea battle between Corfu and the Illyrian pirates, which took place in the strait of Paxi – Antipaxi, in 229 BC. The Illyrian pirates together with the Akarnanes fought and won the alliance of Corfu and Achaia. There was another sea battle in this area, during 1537, which is known as “the sea battle of Paxi”. During this battle, the united fleet of the kingdom of Naples, the Enetians and the Pope, under the command of the admiral Andrea Doria defeated the battalion of the Turkish fleet.
The island has many olive trees reaching up until the sea, giving a different color. This area yields the best oil in the Ionian Island.
It is also a delightful place to walk around. It is full with beaches with either sand and pebbles or they have only pebbles. You will always be able to find a quiet beach to enjoy your swim. Lakka, Gaios and Loggos, the three unforgettable small ports of Paxi.
The west coast of Paxi is steep and rough with numerous caves (called “graves” by the locals), quaint arches and domes. The beautiful beach of Akhai is on this coast, consisting of pebbles and rocks. The island is internationally known for its wild beauty.
The island was uninhabited up until the beginning of the last century. When the Souliotes left their city, some of those families came and settled here, bringing life to the island.
The island haw many vineyards, producing a delicious red wine unique to Paxi and Antipaxi. The wine is a little expensive but two or three glasses are just enough to lift our spirits! The beach has a fine, flour like sand. There are two taverns ashore.
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