Paxos is the smallest island of the Ionian Islands of Greece. Paxos itself is a complex of even smaller islands, of which the largest are, Paxos and Antipaxos. The most important villages are, Gaios (capital), Lakka, Magazia and Loggos. Paxos has two ports. One in Gaios, which is the main port, and a smaller one in Lakka, which serves mostly for private sailing.
The history of Paxos has been similar to that of Corfu, for more than 600 years. Sharing the same fate with Corfu, they were occupied by the Venetians in the early 1300 AC, who favoured agriculture, and olive oil the most. Olive trees had been planted all over Paxos island. It is estimated that more than 250.000 olive trees had been planted in that era (there are organised walks through the olive tree forest via old footpaths). After approximately, 400 years of Venetian occupation, Paxos came under French rule. Not more than 2 years later, the Russian Empire occupied Paxos. After 7 years, it became part of the French Empire again for a second time through s secret treaty. Then, and after a long struggle for domination over the Ionian Sea, British Empire was victorious. A treaty was signed in 1817 that unified the Ionian Islands under the British rule. Paxos, as part of the protectorate of the Ionian Islands, was under the British command till 1864, when the Ionian Islands were unified with Greece.
Myth says that Paxos had been created by the ancient greek god Poseidon (ruler of the seas), as he cut off the southern part of Corfu using his trident weapon, in order to have a peaceful resort for him and his love, the nereid Amphitriti. Another version of this myth says that the god Poseidon had striken his trident on the sea, at the void space between Corfu island and Lefkas island, and through the whitecaps of the see Paxos magicaly had appeared. For this reason, the local symbol of Paxos island is the Trident.
Paxos and Antipaxos have preserved their peaceful way of life through the later years, and are still an escape resort of the Mediterranean. A landscape full of ancient olive trees surrounded by crystal clear water and endless sunshine. A place of hospitality and warmth. Paxos name by itself refers to Pax, meaning Peace. Although there are more than one interpretations of the name, we prefer this one.