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The picturesque island of Paxi is placed 12 km away from the south of Corfu. It has 1,000 inhabitants and its administration belongs to Corfu. Paxi is a group of islands. Apart from Paxos, which is the bigger island, there are also some smaller ones, like Antipaxos, Moggonisi, Panagia, Agios Nikolas, Kaltsionisi and others.
According to the myth, the islands of Paxi were formed when Poseidon, the ancient god of the sea, hit with his trident the most southern part of Corfu and cut a piece of land, in order to live there his love with the nymph Amphitrite.
Paxi island has many olive trees and its residents are high-quality olive oil producers. The island of Antipaxos, though, has vast areas of grape fields and favors the production of wine. The capital of Paxi is Gaios, a beautiful port that gets busy mostly in summer. This area hosts an ancient windmill, a Venetian fort, and a small museum.
Paxi is great for sailing and water sports. It also provides the opportunity for other nice things to do, such as visiting archaeological sites and churches, swimming in the clean beaches and strolling around the picturesque villages and stone-made streets.
The east coast of the island is recommended to search for nice coves. The west coast offers a more rugged landscape, with steep cliffs, that can reach 200 meters high in many cases. Here is where most caves are found, many of which can only be accessed by a boat. Moreover, Paxi has many small sandy beaches that get crowded in summer.
However, waters remain crystal and clear, ideal for swimming and for practicing some other water activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing. The most important beaches are Levrechio and Monodendri.
Important events are also hosted in Paxi, such as the Classical Music Festival in September and a series of musical events that take place every year in July. Due to its rich history and culture, Paxi was acclaimed as European Cultural Village for 2004.
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