Charming Holiday Villa on Antipaxos Island

With breathtaking views of the nearby vineyards on one side and the dreamy turquoise coastline on the other- this charming holiday villa on Antipaxos offers guests a peaceful getaway, even in the middle of the peak summer season. 

Located in Iremia on the tiny 4km-long island of Antipaxos, an oasis of serenity and tranquillity, here you can just sit back, unwind and take in the majestic scenery. 

The main entrance of the villa flows onto a large open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area, featuring cozy sofas and armchairs; plus a large farmhouse table, where guests can enjoy their breakfast, lunch, or evening meals together. 

Featuring lofty wood-beamed ceilings and panoramic French windows, the chic villa has two bedrooms, a double with en-suite, and views of the gardens and countryside; and a double-twin with adjacent shower room. 

Outside is a complete sanctuary- with an organic vegetable garden, surrounding vineyards and the enchanting coastline and sea- allowing guests to feel as though they are staying on a little piece of paradise. 

Visitors can make the most of the alfresco living and dining area, as well as a shaded terrace fitted out for lounging and relaxation- as they soak in views of the sea, the Greek mainland, and the cliffs of southwest Corfu. 

A few steps down from the terrace, you are greeted by a curvaceous pool and a covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, with a barbecue and a wood-fired oven; perfect for those that enjoy cooking grilled seafood or homemade pizza. 

This simple yet elegant holiday villa, which accommodates up to four people, is perfect for anyone searching for a way to take a step back from the daily grind; while enjoying a slower lifestyle by the Mediterranean Sea. 

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7 Stunning Ionian Islands You Need to Explore

By far the lushest of all the Greek island chains, the Ionian Islands offer the most breathtaking cliff-backed beaches, with striking milky white sand that blends in beautifully with the azure turquoise sea.  

Featuring seven main islands that attract many visitors from around the world each year, the Ionian still retains a sense of authenticity and a mysterious allure waiting to be discovered. 

Here are the 7 main islands of the Ionian- that are all ideal for a summer getaway!  


Boasting crystal waters, a cosmopolitan Old Town, and remarkable landscapes, Corfu with its Venetian fortresses, British mansions, grand royal palaces and fine French arcades- is the perfect place to explore both day and night. The elegant Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, filled with monuments and museums; here you will feel as though you are taking a mini- stroll through Europe! Corfu is paradise who those that love the sea and can explore the Aqualand and the Corfu aquarium for water adventures and getting up close to sea life. 

Best beaches: Prasoudi, Voutoumi, Halikounas, Marathia; Glyfada Beach, Canal d’Amour, Paleokastritsa, Barbati, Issos, Agios Giorgios Agios Stefanos and Avlaki Beach should all be added to your list!  


By far one of the greenest islands, where lush emerald hills meet the bright blue Ionian sea- there is so much to see and do on this large island that’s filled with so many beautiful coves, great restaurants, luxury hotels and of course- the Navagio/ Shipwreck (the view is breathtaking from the cliffs) – one of the most famous beaches not only in Greece but in the world; you can’t visit Zakynthos without capturing a glimpse of this beauty. 

Best beaches: Marathonissi island (a small boat ride), Gerakas, Dafni, Limnionas, Porto Vromi, Porto Zorro, Banana, Makris Gialos (pebbly), Xyngia, Pelegaki. Best swimming caves: Blue Caves and Keri Caves. 

Note: much of the island’s south coast is a nature reserve due to endangered turtles who hatch in the sand. You can’t enter the turtle beaches, but there are so many beautiful coves to discover. From Keri, you can cast away for Marathonisi island, another turtle sanctuary.


Reachable by car, Lefkada is known for its gorgeous white sand beaches and turquoise waters; The island is a paradise for water babies –swimming,  windsurfing, kayaking and kite-surfing. This Ionian isle boasts remarkable natural landscapes, world-famous beaches, verdant mountains, delightful local cuisine, a noteworthy winemaking tradition, and an exciting range of things to see and do. 

Best beaches: Standouts are Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma, Perfkoulia, Agiofylu and to avoid the crowds head to the local faves: Mylos, Ammousa, Megali Petra and Avali Beach. 


Boasting spectacular azure waters and charming architecture, Paxos is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Boasting some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation it combines a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty. Popular with the yachting crowd, here you can rent a small boat and spend the day dipping in and out of the sea. 

Best beaches: Make sure to swim in the passage between Mongonissi and Kaltsonisi. Jump into the deep blue waters that are famous worldwide and enjoy the mesmerising beaches including Alati, Kaki Lagada, Kipiadi, Magonisi and Marmari. 

Tip: Take a day trip to Antipaxoi- this tiny unspoiled island boasts one of the most impressive natural landscapes; the most famous beaches of the island are Vrika and Voutoumi- pure paradise!

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The largest of the Ionian Isles, Kefalonia remains pure and protected from mass tourism. What makes this place so special is the pride locals take in keeping their island clean, fresh, modern, yet warm and inviting, all while encouraging its natural charm and authentic beauty to shine through. From the main town of Argostoli where you’ll find a range of eateries, bars, and boutiques through to gorgeous fishing villages and quaint towns, there’s so much to see and do on this lush island.

Best beaches: The most famous beach of Kefalonia is Myrtos, which you have to see, however depending on where the wind is blowing it may not be perfect for swimming. Also head to Antisamos and local favourite Petani (with the most amazing little tavern). For families, we recommend Platis Gialos, Makris Gialos, and Lassi. If you want to stay away from the crowds head to Gradakia and Xi beach with its orange sand. And you can’t leave without having a dip in the most stunning emerald waters of Assos. 


Ithaca island the birthplace of Odysseus, is set in the Ionian Sea and flies very much under the radar compared to its neighbouring islands Kefalonia and Zakynthos, however, we suggest you put Ithaca at the top of your Greek island holiday list. Boasting stunning blue beaches, verdant green landscapes, charming villages, breathtaking views, and Venetian architecture; there is plenty to see and do when visiting the island home of Homer’s mythical hero who found peace on an island that also leaves its visitors feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after spending time here. 

Best beaches: There are so many beautiful beaches and bays on Ithaca and some of our favourites include: Filatro (organised beach with sunbeds), Skinos (a gorgeous secluded beach), Gidaki (which can only be reached by boat), as well as Aetos, Agios Ioannis and Sarakiniko.

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This undiscovered island is filled with rich history, secret caves, medieval architecture, wonderful natural setting and amazing beaches. Located off the south coast of the Peloponnese, one of our favourite spots here is Avlemonas, a traditional fishing settlement built in Cycladic style and boasts stunning gulfs and lush vegetation that create a beautiful natural backdrop. The whitewashed houses and lush gardens draw visitors here each summer, as they take a quick dip in the sea. 

Best beaches: Paleopoli, Kapsali, Fyri Ammos, Kaladai, Melidioni, Likodimou, or Chalkos and Kombonada- you can’t go wrong!  

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Top 5 Lesser- Known Greek Islands to Visit

If you want to avoid the crowds and the more popular islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Rhodes) and are looking to experience authentic, peaceful, and captivating Greek islands, we have put together a list of the Top 5 Lesser-Known Greek Isles you should add to the list for your next summer visit to Greece. 


Located on the western side of the Aegean, on the edge of the Sporades, you’ll find one of the least developed Greek islands. Alonissos will entice you with its lush, green landscape, traditional architecture, stunning beaches, and a gorgeous little harbour that is pretty both day and night. This is the perfect destination for those looking for a laid-back getaway; offering rest and relaxation. Here you will find a wonderful Marine Park, featuring the Caretta caretta sea turtles and Monachus seals, and you can also hike around and discover lovely pine forests, dense vegetation, cedar trees, and wild herbs of all kinds.


Boasting spectacular azure waters and charming architecture, Paxos is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Located on the Ionian, it boasts some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation. Combining a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty, Paxoi is a Greek island that has been described by many visitors as a “paradise on earth”. Stroll around the main port Gaios, which features a lovely harbour, and the main town offers a wonderful range of shops, taverns, cafes, and charming villas. 


This mainly undiscovered island is a small and authentic destination located on the southeast side of the Cyclades. Untouched by mass tourism, Anafi is known for its raw, natural beauty. Boasting a “sparkling” main town, crystal clear waters, charming alleyways, historical churches, unique architecture, and interesting archaeological sites; visitors are able to unwind and soak in a Cycladic feel without the crowds. Although there aren’t many beaches, there are a few lovely ones to choose from including Agios Nikolaos, Katsouni, Klisidi, Roukounas, Flamourou, and Prasies.


Located in the Northern Aegean, this mountainous island boasts waterfalls, wild natural beauty, ancient history, and mysterious traditions. Great for those that love a bit of adventure, here you can challenge yourself with the mountain trails of Mount Saos or Fengari (the highest peak in the Aegean), take part in rafting, trekking, crossing gorges, as well as diving into magical waterfalls. There are also plenty of beaches including Therma, Karkani, Pachia Ammos- and make sure you take the boat across to Vatos- it’s well worth the effort.

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If you are looking for a stunning island filled with charming villages, traditional local cuisine, adventurous activities, and breathtaking beaches surrounded by lush greenery- look no further than Thassos. This emerald green island escape is located in the Northern Aegean and offers visitors a wonderful range of boutique hotels, authentic local delicacies, great hiking trails, and rich culture and history. With a unique landscape that can’t be found anywhere else on the Aegean, Thassos is an ideal Greek island experience.


20 Best Things to Do in Paxoi

Paxoi is one of the most beautiful islands in all of Greece and one that deserves to make it on everyone’s bucket list. 

Located on the Ionian, Paxoi island boasts some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation. Combining a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty, Paxoi is a Greek island that has been described by many visitors as a “paradise on earth”.

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Sail around the isle

We’ve put together a list of the 20 best things to do in Paxoi that shouldn’t be missed! 

1. A boat ride around the island is the best way to see it all. Rent your own boat and slowly sail around, as you stop off and swim at the dreamiest of beaches. 

2. Take a day trip to Antipaxoi. There are a few places in the world, where you feel like you’ve found paradise and Antipaxoi is one of them. This tiny unspoiled island boasts one of the most impressive natural landscapes; full of olive groves and a vineyard that produces delicious local wine. The most famous beaches of the island are Vrika and Voutoumi. On the hill behind Voutoumi beach, you will also find a charming little tavern serving authentic Greek dishes. 

3. Enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Gaios, it is pure magic! 

4. And for the best sunset make your way over to Erimitis. 

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Lovely seaside village of Loggos

5. Make sure to have dinner at Loggos, a small seaside village with lovely taverns. Try to visit Loggos at night, when the scenery is particularly pretty. Stroll around its narrow streets and then sit down at one of the taverns or cafes which are all lit up in the evening.

6. Have an Aperitivo in Mongonnisi, a little islеt of Paxoi. Here you will find a smаll pоrt fοr yасhts, оnе tаvеrn bу thе sеа аnd а tiny sаndy bеасh. Make sure to swim in the passage between Mongonissi and Kaltsonisi.

7. Enjoy a late lunch at Carnayo, which is tucked away from the harbour down a back street around 200m from the main square. Carnayo has a charming outdoor area with stone floors, fairy lights, colourful pot plants and wooden chairs.

8. Sail across to Panagia, the islet of the Virgin Mary which is located in Gaios Bay of Paxos. The Holy Monastery on the islet is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and has been declared as a listed monument. 

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Islet of Agios Nikolaos

9. Paxoi is also protected by the islet of Agios Nikolaos, where you will find a castle designed by Leonardo da Vinci and has landmark status. The Venetians began construction on this amazing attraction in 1423 and finished it in 1510.  It was built from plans prepared by none other than da Vinci himself and they are now preserved in the city’s archives. 

10. Jump into the deep blue waters that are famous worldwide and enjoy the mesmerising beaches including Alati, Kaki Lagada, Kipiadi, Magonisi and Marmari. 

11. Dive into the Reef of Agrila and explore the glorious white cliffs and grottoes including the Cave of Angelos, cliffs at Ermitis and the Cave of Seals. You will find diving centres in the villages of Gaois and Lakka. 

12. Try the amazing olive oil and head to the Museum of Olive Oil at the village of Magazia, which has been created to preserve the unique oil making tradition of the island. 

13. Also make sure to taste the black wine made exclusively in Paxoi. Dark and sweet, this wine is made from grape varieties such as Pheidias and Petrokodrynthos. Production is on a small scale, so you won’t find it everywhere, but if you do spot it on the menu, it’s worth a try. 

14. Famous since ancient times, the hot springs of Paxoi are known for their therapeutic properties and a must when visiting the island. The best hot springs of Paxoi are those of Glyfada, Yianna and Ozia. 

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Swim through one of the many caves

15. Visit the small fishing village of Lakka, surrounded by lush green hills and located in the heart of a gorgeous cove, here is where luxurious yachts and boats arrive every year. Stroll around the narrow paved alleyways of the village and check out the beautiful villas. 

16. When it’s not too hot making the most of the many footpaths that lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking views is a must. Hiking is recommended in autumn and spring, not at the peak of summer. 

17. Have a picnic under the Centuries-old trees. Forming amazing shapes, they block out the sun, throwing their dense shade over the entire island. For the locals, these trees are sacred and their history dates back to when the Venetians ruled the Ionian.

18. Sail across to Ortholithos. As its name suggests, it’s an enormous rock in the shape of one of Obelix’s menhirs that rises straight out of the water.

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Stunning Vrika beach

19. Stay at a traditional stone-built villa with a private pool and a splendid sea view, hidden away amid lush vegetation. 

20. Have a coffee at Kalimera in Gaios, which is one of the oldest cafes and unchanged since it opened. We also recommend a late lunch at Bella Vista restaurant in Antipaxoi, which offers the most magnificent views of the entire island. 

Getting there

You can reach Paxoi by ferry either from Corfu or from Igoumenitsa. The trip from Corfu to Paxoi is around 30 minutes and it is carried out by a hydrofoil ferry. If you depart from Igoumenitsa, the ferries for Paxi are larger and you are able to bring a vehicle across too. This trip is around one and a half hours. Also note, there is no airport at Paxoi, the closest one is located in neighbouring Corfu.

5 Breathtaking Greek Villas to Stay at

There is an array of lovely villas scattered across Greece and to help you search, we’ve rounded up five of our favourites- from Paxos to the Peloponnese- that we think you will love as much as we do. 

Liodentra Villa, Peloponnese

These twin sister-houses set on a huge olive grove with direct access to the beach, are located in the heart of the Mani Peninsula, in the Peloponesse. A ten-minute walk from the village centre and just a stroll through the grounds from Ritsa beach, Liodentra captures the timeless charm of the area, while combining very contemporary comforts. The matching main villas, Ena and Dio (‘One’ and ‘Two’), are fully furnished with elegant and earthy décor that features character and colour.

Each has a kitchen, living room, and double bedroom on the ground floor, a sitting area and twin bedroom above, and a timber decked alfresco dining terrace overlooking the twelve metre swimming pool. The adjacent annex offers privacy for the fifth en suite bedroom, and all are air-conditioned. Perfect for two families or a group of friends.

Sleeps 10  | 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Swimming Pool 

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Villa Alamo, Crete

With a chic and contemporary design and state-of-the-art facilities, this is a wonderful luxury villa for anyone planning a getaway to Crete. Alamo offers guests the opportunity to experience authentic rural Crete; enjoy the island’s best beaches, explore the little lanes of local villages, stroll along Chania’s harbour-front, and come home to a stunning modern design, all in a single day. In a hilltop setting with views of the sea and White Mountains, this is one of three villas that make up the small Adeste complex. A short stroll from the Venetian village of Kokkino Chorio, it is just 1.5km from the caves of unspoiled Koutalas beach and the famously atmospheric streets of Plaka, in a remarkable landscape crisscrossed with hiking trails.

The villa features indoor/outdoor living with glass walls opening onto gorgeous terraces, that boast a décor palette of chalks and clays, blues, and greens.  Each bedroom comes complete with contemporary en suite facilities and its own furnished balcony. A cool-toned sitting room adjoins a big and bright kitchen diner. And outdoor facilities include lounging and dining areas, and an inviting private pool with views down to the bay.

Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Swimming Pool 

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Villa Cassandra, Crete

Overlooking views of Chania’s famous lighthouse, this elegant 10-person villa is a glorious getaway on the north coast of Crete. Basking in the blues of the Aegean Sea, it’s all about the views at this upscale house in northern Crete. Just ten minutes by car from Chania’s gorgeous harbourfront, Villa Cassandra is a standout villa for 10 that combines a range of contemporary comforts with an architectural sophistication.

Along the upper levels of the house is the large master bedroom that has its own private plunge pool. Downstairs, the kitchen and dining areas come with high-end appliances, accompanied by a queen-sized double bedroom with a sofa bed and direct access to the outside pool terrace. On the lower ground floor, there are two more double bedrooms – both spacious with en suite bathrooms and views overlooking the surrounding gardens. A gym and exclusive spa area – equipped with a Turkish steam bath and sauna – complete this lower level. Outside and the private pool terrace is ideal for entertaining; with an infinity pool, furnished relaxation area, and an outdoor kitchen equipped with a pizza oven and built-in barbecue.

Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | Swimming Pool 

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Alati Bay, Paxos

This luxurious and refined villa has direct access to a secluded beach. When you arrive at Alati Bay you are transported into a magical world with shady grounds that fan out around the impressively designed villa. Offering stunning sea views that entice you to explore the beach at the bottom of the garden, there is a sense of peace and wellbeing- ideal for those who want a quiet getaway. Services include daily maid service, cook and mid-week linen change. The villa also boasts garden gate beach access, a jacuzzi, and a private mooring buoy. 

Sleeps 14 | 7 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms | Swimming Pool

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Ataraxia, Corfu 

A beautifully built stone-clad villa with commanding sea views and a panoramic pool overlooking magical  Avlaki Bay and Kassiopi Town, Ataraxia is the perfect place for families or friends who want to explore this Ionian island.

Wide-open vistas spread out to the majestic views, down over the olive tree-carpeted hills to the coast below, and both the interiors and the ample terraced exteriors are filled with an atmosphere of pure tranquility. Services include: Daily maid service and mid-week linen change.

Sleeps 10 | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Swimming Pool

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