Gaios is the capital and main port of Paxos.
According to legend, it took its name from a student of Saint Paul who taught the Paxiots Christianity. This picturesque town is built on the leeward side of an enclosed and safe bay. The settlement’s traditional architecture, the lush vegetation grows, and the harbours of deep blue waters give the town an idyllic painting-like appearance.
At the entrance to the harbour are two verdant islets, Agios Nikolas and Panagia. They provide natural protection from the sea and create an astonishingly beautiful “fjord” through which ships sail to moor at the jetty. The islet of Panagia is dominated by the monastery dedicated to her grace. In contrast, on the islet of Agios Nikolaos, there is a Venetian castle dating from 1423, one of the most famous sights of Paxos island.
Walk in the narrow streets of Gaios and discover the picturesque parts of the capital of Paxos. The houses still maintain the traditional Ionian Island architecture. Along the length of the waterfront, you can also see mansions built in a neoclassical style reflecting in the harbour’s calm waters. Painted in pink, ochre or sky blue, they bring back memories of a romantic past. Next to the port, there are the historical archives of the island. You will also discover the church of the Agioi Apostoloi. During your stay in Gaios, you should also visit the Museum of Paxos that presents the island’s history.
From Gaios, you can easily make your way to the following beaches:
Gianni, Soulanena, Kloni Gouli, Kamini and Kaki Laukada. By boat, you can also visit the islets of Panagia and Agios Nikolaos and go for a swim on one of their many idyllic beaches. In the evening you can enjoy your dinner at the waterfront restaurants. You can have a coffee in one of the cafés near the harbour and savour the view.