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Antipaxos
 
Gaios, the capital of Paxos
The island of Paxos was known to Phoenicians. According to mythology, Neptune, madly in love with Aphrodite and looking for a quiet place to take her, created Paxos by tearing off a piece of Corfu by striking it with his trident. Inhabited since ancient times, Paxos has always had close links with Corfu.
The island's capital is its largest town, Gaios, with its beautiful houses in characteristic Ionian style and its tiny streets. Along the western shore are the tiny islands of Aghios Nikolaos with its Venetian fort and Mongonisi. On the approach to the island, on the little island of Panagia. stands the monastery of the same name, where on the tsth August, the Festival of the Dormition of the Virgin, celebrations go on all night culminating with dancing performances in the town square. Lakka, a small coastal village rich in olive trees and pines, is renowned for the sea cave of the Virgin with its Byzantine church. Another picturesque spot is Longos. where visitors can enjoy fresh fish and peaceful beaches for bathing. All three are natural harbours that attract fleets of sailing vessels in the summer months.
Mainly engaged in agriculture and fishing, the few inhabitants of Paxos are quiet and pleasant people, jolly, hospitable and polite to visitors, they resemble their neighbours, the Corflots very much. Paxos is so small that one can easily walk from one end of the island to the other. The breathtaking approach to the island at Gaios protected by two miniature islets, gives newly arrived visitors a foretaste of the natural beauty they are about to experience: an incredible coastline indented by a thousand coves and bays. lush, green hillsides, imposing rocks and sea caves.