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Of the seven Ionian islands, Paxos is the smallest. Its neighbour, Antipaxos, is certainly even smaller, but in Greece they’re considered an island complex, so no particular distinction is made. Paxos is related to nearby Corfu by a common legend: Poseidon and his wife, Amphitrite, needed a quiet, unassuming place to rest. The King of the Seas created such a place by chopping off part of Corfu with his trident.

There are three main settlements on Paxos: Gaios, Lakka and Logos. The main port is considered to be the capital Gaios, although plenty of yachtsmen also call on the northwestern village of Lakka to serve their needs. The popular seas grottos of Ipapandi lie just two nautical miles from here.