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Design Your Own Odyssey Around Paxos
Qatar Airways (qatarairways.com) and Aegean Airlines
(aegeanair.com) offer connecting flights to Corfu with stopovers in Doha and Athens. From Corfu, you can catch a ferry to Gaios, the capital of Paxos.
The Thinking Traveller (thethinkingtraveller. com) has a handpicked collection of soulful villas on Paxos. Demand has been high since European travel reopened last summer, but weekly rates are surprisingly affordable and include transfers from Corfu—as well as a never-toomuch-trouble concierge service. Aperghis, which sleeps eight, starts at `4,78,051 per week. For pull-out-all-the-stops villas equipped with extravagant accessories (speedboats, chefs, and yoga instructors), look towards Five Star Greece (fivestargreece. com). Patrizia Peracchio’s estate, Paxos PTR, sleeps up to 22 and costs `20,16,778 per week.
EAT & DRINK
This trendy spot has a lovely backyard enveloped by greenery. Go for brunch (the coffee and eggs Benedict are excellent) or a twilit aperitif. Entrées `896–`1,568; Magazia; instagram.com/averto paxos
Don’t let the booming Greek ballads put you off— this seaside taverna is a knockout. Order a Jenga tower of battered zucchini shavings dunked in blush-pink taramasalata, unctuous octopus with orzo, and the homemade pistachio gelato. Entrées `822–`1,419; Levrechio; bouloukostaverna.gr
Stop for a Greek coffee at this old-fashioned kafenio across the road from Averto. Magazia; 30-2662-030239
A prime spot for watching all the comings and goings in the capital, this local hangout has a split personality: al fresco tables under a bower of bougainvillaea for breakfast and a lively dive-bar vibe after hours. Gaios; 30-26620-32318
Gold Lounge Café Thin-crust pizzas, legit Greek salad, and spinetingling mojitos on a deck floating above a blue lagoon—this is what you came for. Entrées `822– `1,718; Mongonissi; 30-26620-32650
Hidden down an alley beside a bakery, this tiny bar has a secret terrace on the water’s edge, just big enough for a handful of tables. Pitch-perfect at dusk as the horizon turns lavender and lilac. Loggos; 30-26620-31115
Run by the same family since 1957, this quaint-looking taverna has evolved into one of Paxos’s most sophisticated dining spots. Sea-urchin bruschetta with taramasalata and samphire with black rock salt are served quayside by a polished crew. Entrées `971–`1,867; Loggos; vassilisrestaurant.com