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Wander around Gaios streets

Gaios Street

With a population of about 2,500, Gaios is about as small as capital cities get. But rather than a city, let’s call it what it really is: a town, and a charming one at that. Gaios invites you to wander around its streets and discover its secrets. From ancient fortresses and museums to cozy tavernas and shops, the capital of Paxos has something for everyone. In this blogpost, we will guide you through some of the best things to see and do in Gaios.

Venetian fortress

One of the most striking sights that greet you as you sail into Paxos on the ferry is the Venetian fortress that stands on a small island off the coast of Gaios. The fortress was built in the 15th century by the Venetians to protect the island from pirates and invaders, and it witnessed many battles and sieges throughout history.

You can visit the fortress by taking a boat from Gaios harbour (it’s literally one minute to go across), and explore its walls, towers and cannons. Enjoy the views of the Ionian Sea and the town from the fortress, or admire the sunset from this unique spot. The fortress is a testament to the rich and turbulent past of Paxos, and a must-see for history lovers.

Paxos Museum

Another place that will take you back in time is the Paxos Museum on the beachfront of Gaios. This museum displays items such as ancient coins, pottery, costumes and paintings. You can learn about the legend of Paxos, which says that the island was created by Poseidon for his love affair with Amphitrite. You can also see some of the tools and weapons that were used by the islanders in different periods, flint stones and guns. The museum also has a kitchen that illustrates the grand lifestyle of the past, with oil lamps, copper saucepans and scales with weights from both the Ottoman and British Empires. This treasure trove of information and artifacts that will enrich your understanding of Paxos.

Churches and monuments

Gaios has some churches and monuments that reveal the island’s religious and patriotic spirit. Visit the church of Agia Triada with its marble iconostasis, and check out the church of Agios Apostoli with its frescoes and icons, and the statue of Georgios Anemogiannis, a hero of the Greek War of Independence. Make sure to also pay a visit to the war memorial behind the church of the Ascension.

The harbour and tavernas

The harbour of Gaios is a lively and picturesque place to stroll and watch the colourful boats. Along the waterfront you can find cafes, bars and tavernas, where you can taste the mouthwatering local cuisine, such as seafood, meat, salads, and pies. Do as the locals and wash these delicacies away with ouzo, wine, or beer. You can also take a boat trip to Antipaxos or other islands from here.

Gaios: perfect for your Paxos holiday

Gaios is sure to enchant you with its history, culture, nature and gastronomy. This town has something for everyone, and will make you fall in love with Paxos. And if you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay, make sure to book an apartment at Paxos Glyfada Beach Villas & Restaurant, just 7 kilometres from Gaios.

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