Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Stelios is a three-bedroom villa with sea views and private swimming pool within a few minutes' walk of Loggos village and the beach. The villa occupies a wonderful vantage point at the top of the village and is a five minute walk down to Loggos harbour, with its shops and tavernas, and Levrechio beach. A villa in such a vantage point, with superb sea views, tranquil but with no need to rely on a car, is a rare find.
Stelios is built on two levels. On the upper floor are two bedrooms, one double and one twin, both of which lead out onto a large terrace with wonderful views east over the Ionian to the Greek mainland. Each upstairs bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. On the lower floor is a further twin bedroom, which has a separate showerroom, and a large open-plan living-room with fully equipped kitchen. French windows lead from the living room to the spacious outside terrace, which has the pool towards the front. A brick barbecue and outside table and chairs provide all the facilities for al fresco dining on the terrace, while the olive trees and bushes in the side garden offer welcome shade in the summer's heat.
Perched at the top of Loggos village, the villa is an easy five-minute walk down to the tavernas and shops below, while a separate path provides a short-cut to the nearest beach at Levrechio. The uphill walk back will take a little longer but Stelios is still a property where a car is more a handy addition to the holiday than a necessity.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Levrekio 300 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Corfu Airport 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Ionian Islands region
Tiny Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian islands, a group of six islands which stretches along Greece's western coast. The most northerly, Corfu, faces the Albanian coast at its most northern point, while Zakynthos, the most southerly of the seven, lies 150 miles south of Corfu, off the western coast of the Peloponnese.
As Greek islands they have a distinctive character, being greener and less bare than those of the Aegean, and also had a separate history for periods of their past. Unlike their Aegean counterparts, for instance, Corfu and Paxos were never conquered by the Turkish navy or become part of the Ottoman Empire. Jealous of their independence, the islands also took their time about joining the new Greek kingdom, created in 1832, at the end of British governance in 1864.
Within the archipelago, Corfu and Paxos form a separate sub-group at the top of the Ionian Sea, with Lefkada in the middle and Ithaka, Kefalonia and Zakynthos below. Paxos is linked to Corfu administratively and via Corfu airport, through which almost all travellers to Paxos pass on their way to their destination. Lefkada is served by Preveza airport on the mainland, Ithaca and Kefalonia by the airport on the latter. Zakynthos has its own airport, too. Only Corfu, of these islands, has a daily scheduled service from London during the summer; the others relying on the traditional charter flights, and this means that holidaymakers on Paxos as well as Corfu can these days tailor their trips as they like rather than being tied to the one or two-week straightjacket of charter flights.
If in the past the islands eked out an existence from fishing and farming the olive trees in which they are so plentiful, nowadays they all derive their main income from tourism. As always, the islands with their own airports are the busiest, while the outlying smaller ones which are reachable only by boat – Paxos being the foremost example – continue to be free of crowds. There, the traditional easy pace of life of the Ionian islands continues almost unchanged. It is a way of life keenly protected by the native Paxiots, who, having seen how the character of its larger neighbour Corfu has been adversely affected by tourism, in many parts at least, fiercely resist any major alterations to the appearance and character of their island. Here there are no large developments of unsympathetic apartments or featureless holiday houses, no brash or crude new resorts given over to loud bars and take away food joints. Paxos remains a haven of tranquillity even in the peak season, which no doubt explains why for many years it has been amongst the most sought after Greek island destinations. Other Ionian islands – Lefkada, Ithaca – also still preserve the memory of the islands as travellers like Edward Lear knew them but none does so better than Paxos.
"This was our idea of the perfect Greek island holiday, with a chill factor of 100%! Good walking, fine beaches in easy reach on foot, a truly excellent variety (though not many in number) of bars and places to eat, a reliable bus service, interesting wildlife and entertaining boat trips."
Paxos, the smallest of the Ionian islands, is an unflawed gem lying a short sea journey to the South of Corfu. Seven miles long by two miles wide, it can only be reached by sea and so is visited by relatively few tourists for most of the year. Only in peak season do the tavernas in Loggos, Lakka and Gaios, the three coastal villages, begin to fill as holidaying families coincide with Italian lovers of Paxos. Generally, little has changed in Paxos over the years, thanks to careful control of tourism and development.
The island's beaches are mainly pebbly with sea that is wonderfully clean and clear. The east coast is dotted with small coves and bays whose warm, clear water is perfect for swimming and snorkeling, while its tiny sister island, Anti-Paxos, reached by fast sea taxi from Gaios, offers two of the finest sandy beaches in Europe. Inland, the hills are covered with olive trees, more than 200,000 of them, which produce one of the world's finest olive oils. Walk among the olive groves in May and June, before it grows too hot, and discover the old Paxos, where goats wander among abandoned stone houses, and the ground is carpeted with wild flowers.
Visitors to Paxos are always captivated by its picturesque simplicity and easy pace of life. A morning stroll to the baker for fresh, warm bread, then off in the boat, or on foot, for a relaxing day at the beach, back in the evening for dinner at one of the harbourside tavernas, and a romantic walk home beneath a sky of brilliant stars.
"Most beautiful place I have been to!"
"Stunning Village, picture-postcard perfect"
"Loggos is the very epitome of the Greek island fishing village. Small, intimate and delightfully picturesque, it maintains all its innate charm and character whilst amply catering for the needs of the discerning visitor."
"Loggos holds a special place in our hearts; it has everything, friendly people, a choice of places to eat, drink and shop - and just the most beautiful place."
Loggos is the smallest of the three main villages on Paxos, an enchanting, graceful old fishing port on the northeast coast. With its pastel-shaded buildings huddled around the harbour, it combines relative remoteness with an adequate range of facilities, providing an idyllic centre for holidays throughout the season.
During the day, two or three of the local beaches offer swimming within easy walking distance, while the brightly coloured boats in the harbour offer a chance to explore bays and beaches a little further distant. In the evenings, visitors and locals gather in the restaurants of the main square, enjoying food, wine and conversation late into the summer nights.
Loggos is also a good walking base, with paths leading out of the village into the olive groves inland and along the coast, while the island's other two main villages can easily be reached by either boat or local bus.
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