They say no Greek holiday can be defined as such if you do not take a sea cruise. With so many islands surrounding the mainland, how could anyone disagree? Being based in the tranquil northern Corfu, that didn’t mean we were going to miss some of the stunning beauties of the Ionian. We contacted our friend Rozaneta (Travel4All, main road Acharavi) and she arranged a one-day cruise for the family around the amazing blue caves of Paxos. Paxos and Antipaxos Cruising the Ionian Sea with Children
A Sea Cruise of the Ionian with Children
Sailing in Greece.
The Blue Caves of Paxos
After a bus ride from Acharavi, we reach the port of Corfu to sail the Ionian. It’s not a short trip, yet our guide is incredibly knowledgeable and introduces us to a lot of interesting information about Greece and Albania as well. We are able to see some of Corfu, its most important buildings, palaces and fortresses from the sea, without suffering the extreme Summer temperatures that hit Greece in July; once in the open sea, we’re even able to spy on some lazy dolphins shyly jumping the waves!
We first visit some of the famous Blue Caves around the island of Paxos, with an impressive rocky coastline, dramatic cliffs, and outstanding solitaire beaches. Mythology says that Paxos was formed when Poseidon, God of the Sea, fell in love with Amphitrite. Poseidon, to build a shelter for themselves, struck the island of Corfu with his trident creating Paxos and the smaller Antipaxos.
Once the boat enters the caves, crystal clear waters shine and reflect the light on the rocks. The effect is impressive. The silence is only interrupted by hundreds of birds. Their singing echoes in the darkness producing a magic atmosphere. We last visit Poseidon’s marble palace, inside one of the caves, then sail past a natural rocky bridge formed by the wind and sea erosion, to finally head to Antipaxos. Paxos and Antipaxos Cruising the Ionian Sea with Children
Jumping off the Boat: Antipaxos
Just a few minutes away from the Blue caves of Paxos, the small island of Antipaxos is there to welcome you with a beauty robbed from some Caribbean dream. Less than 5 km big, it is renowned for the spectacular indigo blue of its waters. I bet you have seen those stunning pictures of boats that seem to be flying over water. Well… this is the place. And we are amazed at the sight of them.
Once there you can jump off the boat or simply go down the stairs (if your kids are smaller, which was our case) to swim into clear waters with incredible views of sea life. Life jackets for children are provided, and everything is extremely safe. If you’re into diving, remember to bring your mask!
You can also swim towards the beach, have a beer or lunch in a taverna. There are also caves you reach swimming or even walking as the water gets shallow towards the area. In our case, we never left the sea. With such hot we,ather it was refreshing and extremely pleasant to swim in.
A full holiday of a week or two on this island has made it to our bucket-list without second thoughts. This is a true paradise. If you are staying in Paxos, instead, you can reach Antipaxos everyday with a taxi-boat and spend the day on the island. If you ever manage to leave the beach, they say the heart of the island is full of vineyards and wild flowers. We love this sea too much to tell.
Boats produce this kind of magic on the waters of Antipaxos.
Back on board, we sail for about twenty minutes and we are in Gaios. We enter a narrow picturesque channel to reach the harbor of the small village. Luxurious yachts mix with small fishing boats. Little fish restaurants and traditional Greek tavernas serve those wonderful dishes the Greek have accustomed us to enjoy. Fresh shrimp, grilled octopus and a superb local wine Paxos is famous for.
Gaios spreads along the waterfront displaying the gorgeous typical landscape many Greek islands share: shops, trees full of pink flowers, rustic tavernas, small churches. And, in Paxos, not white but often orange little houses against a calm blue sea. It’s like a tiny postcard of Greece.
The sun bathes the narrow lanes, an ice cream break is a must while we walk to the next secluded beach. We swim for the rest of the afternoon in that blue sea that makes us love Greece madly.
We don’t care about the heat. We relax for the next few hours, when it’s time to go on board and get back to Corfu.
Port of Paxos.