Paxi Architecture

Full of olive trees, bushes and outstanding beaches, picturesque bays and sea caves, Paxi is one of the smallest yet most stunning Greek islands that belongs to the Ionian complex. Paxi island is known as the secret paradise for the lovers of a peaceful vacation. Known since the antiquity and throughout the centuries, Paxi attracted many conquerors for its breathtaking beauty. However, it was greatly influenced by the Venetians who occupied the island for four centuries, during which they spread their culture.

For the fear of the pirates, the locals of Paxi were forced to adapt their traditional architectural style in the construction of fortified mansions. As a result, the island now shows a mixture of local and western elements with pretty tiled-roofs, outstanding neoclassical buildings and beautiful churches with Venetian bell -towers and carved wooden screens. Characteristic examples of this interesting layout can be seen in Gaios, the island's capital, as well as in Lakka and Longos. Many oil presses, picturesque windmills, and storehouses will give you a nice view of the island's agricultural aspect while the Venetian fortress that dominates in the small isle of Agios Nikolaos is worth a visit.

Paxi is a beautiful balance of Ionian style luxurious mansions, Venetian streets and traditional houses with picturesque colorful gardens staying close to the genuine architecture of Greece. The typical Paxi architecture counts on numerous gems that surround the port and the verdant areas of the island.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.