Corfu, Paxos, Anti Paxos
Corfu, Paxos, Anti Paxos Islands can be found in this section. Corfu, a Greek Ionian island is the second largest in the Ionian Islands. As an illustration, its distances are 64 km in length and 32 km across. It is within the group of Ionian islands, with nearby Kefalonia, Ithaki, Zante and Lefkas [ Lefkada].
Also Paxos, Anti Paxos, including Ereikoussa, Mathraki and Othonoi.
The airport is located near Corfu town and there is a large port with a new and old section. Many ferries depart from here. It was a direct flight and took about 3 hours from Luton UK with EasyJet.
Flights go from Athens or Europe. We usually fly Easy Jet from Luton as they go on several days throughout the week. However, we have also flown with Thomas Cook.
Ferries also go to nearby Albania for the day and you can book tours to go there. Whilst we were in Corfu in August there was a red moon which was just awesome to see.
Paxos and Anti Paxos
From Corfu you can take a ferry to Paxos to the port of Gaios. We used Kamelia lines on a couple of occasions and the journey is about 1.5 hours.
Ferry left Corfu port from the area behind the Sette Venti Cafe. Choices to sit inside or outside on the small fast ferry are available.
Kamelia Lines Ferry
It is advisable to book tickets in advance especially in high season. We booked it over the internet and the tickets were waiting on the ferry when we got there.
Arriving at Giaos
When you get to Gaios, you can either spend the day on Paxos, or catch the sea taxi to Anti Paxos.
Anti Paxos is mainly visited due to the 2 well known beaches-Vrika and Voutoumi, with their azure coloured water and white beaches.
We caught the sea taxi back to Paxos around 2.30pm for fear that we might miss the last ferry. Kamelia lines left Paxos at 5 or 5.30pm back to Corfu.
Corfu Town is the capital.
Ferries depart to Lefkada via Igoumenitsa from Corfu port, which is exactly what we did. Italy is another destination [ Bari]. The crossing is around 2 hours to Igoumenitsa and then its 2.5 hours to drive the coastal road to Lefkada.
Visit Pontikonissi [Mouse Island] and the Vlacherna Monastery as both are famous landmarks, near the runway. There is a small boat which you can pay 2 euros to go to Mouse Island. That night, there was a festival and there were lots of locals visiting the church on Mouse Island for the service.
The low aeroplane landings, right over your head whilst standing on the causeway.
The TV series ‘The Durrells,’ was filmed here using some locations in Corfu town and the white house, in Kalami village.
Locals are Corfiots and the island in Greek is called Kerkyra.
The old and fortresses can be found in the old town and nearby a central square [ Liston] and grassed park area, with many taverna’s and cafes and shops to walk around.
Corfu’s party capital is Kavos. Sidari in the north is another popular resort.
On the negative side, there is still so much more to explore and not enough time. For example, we have still not yet been to ‘Rabbit island’.
Day trip Corfu to Paxos and Anti Paxos islands
To Lefkada-The ferry booth we booked our tickets at was ‘Corfu Ferries’ to go to Port Igoumenitsa. Another key point to note, you could then drive to Parga on Mainland Greece and after, carry on to Lefkada. In order to appreciate the coastal scenery and go over the floating bridge, thats just what we did.
As an illustration, you can read my other pages about these islands and check the photos out.
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Corfu, Paxos, Anti Paxos are all unique and to summarise, all worth a visit.