Antipaxos Island


Location: Gaios   

Antipaxos island close to Paxi: Antipaxos island, also called Antipaxi, is the smallest of the Ionian Islands and belongs to the municipality of Paxi. According to Greek legends, Paxi and all the tiny islands around it were created when Neptune, the sea god, nipped with his trident, a tiny piece from Corfu in order to create a snug cozy place for himself and his consort Amfitryti.

Located 3 kilometers to the south of Paxos, the islet of Antipaxos covers an area of 5 square kilometers. It was originally inhabited by Souliotes, a historic mountain settlement that became famous for their brave resistance against the Ottoman Empire, but after their defeat in 1803, the Souliotes left the island and moved to other parts of Greece. Now it is uninhabited and totally unspoilt with absolutely no sign of modern living.

The islet has a small harbor called Agrapidia where a network of narrow tracks starting from the harbor reaches the interior of the island, passing the occasional cottage with orchards of fruit trees, vegetables and wild herbs. The islet is covered with vineyards that belong to the local residents and produce a rich red wine with delicious taste, famous in the island of Paxi.

The islet of Antipaxos is famous for its beautiful beaches and offers some of the best swimming and snorkeling opportunities in Greece. Voutoumi and Vrika, the two main beaches of Antipaxos are located at the north end of the islet and both beaches are safe for all people. To the south of these two beaches, there are a few small and beautiful secluded coves. To go to Antipaxos, there are water taxis that run from Gaios usually every hour. The trip takes about 15 minutes.

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