Looking for a classic Greek island holiday? We discovered peaceful Paxos island, just an hour by hydrofoil from Corfu. A Paxos villa holiday is a chance to explore hidden beaches, villages and countryside, to swim, relax and soak up the scenery. Here’s the lowdown on our family stay in a villa with a view in Paxos.
- Modern two bedroom villa
- Postcard-worthy views of Lakka bay
- Pool, terrace and barbecue
- Close to beach, taverna and village
Who went where and when: My sons, Nick 20 and Ed 18, came with me to Paxos, one of the Ionian islands of Greece in early September 2017.
Ionian Villas arranged our Paxos villa holiday accommodation and transport to the island, we booked our flights online.
A Villa with a View in Paxos, Greece
Imagine this view when you wake up in the morning. The sky is azure, the sun is warm and you decide to pop down to the village bakery. You find a little track and follow it down through the olive terraces towards the beach. At each turn you catch a glimpse of the turquoise sea glittering under the sun.
I’ve already posted here about our trip to Paxos in September. So here’s a close up look at the lovely villa we stayed in near Lakka.
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Villa Avra is all about the view. And the pool of course. Also the fresh, welcoming vibe. And not forgetting that the beach and Lakka village are just at the bottom of the hill. But still, that view.
It’s where Paxos demonstrates all the blues it has in its palette and leaves you wondering why you ever bother to take a long haul flight.
Inside Villa Avra
Anyway let’s tear ourselves away from the view and step inside.
Avra is a modern two bedroom villa with pretty much all you’ll need for a happy Greek island holiday including efficient wi-fi, air-conditioning and insect screens at the windows. It has been finished to a high standard by its justifiably proud owners who live quietly next door.
The kitchen with dining table is well-equipped with all the usuals including dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and a choice of two coffee makers.
One step down leads to the living area with a sofa and Smart TV. The sofa transforms into a sofabed if necessary.
The main bedroom has a king-size bed and a generous ensuite wet room.
The twin bedroom has its own ensuite too. Avra is modern, fresh and stylish. Not huge but this is Paxos after all and we spent most of our time outdoors.
When we arrived a painted wooden chair was waiting for us in the hall with a pile of pool towels – which we made use of straight away!
Avra is newly built and it’s clear that it has been designed with guests in mind. For instance there’s almost as much space outside as there is indoors. The terrace has two outdoor tables, along with plenty of chairs and loungers.
We hopped from one to another depending whether we wanted to be in or out of the sun. There’s a barbecue of course with a handy outdoor sink and the shower by the pool is another good idea.
The pergola was in just the right position to provide a shady spot for our lunches. We sat here in the evenings sometimes too.
Harami Beach and taverna
Just below Avra, a quick scramble down a track between olive terraces, lies little Harami beach. We didn’t see anyone else use this route all week probably because a/ it’s not marked and b/ there are very few other houses around anyway.
We got quite good at the track and used it at night too, with the help of our phone torches, because it was such an excellent shortcut to and from the village. It’s a bit slippery in places so best reserved for the able-bodied and, ahem, sober.
Harami is a very handy place to have at the bottom of the ‘garden’. It’s a pretty little beach with smooth white pebbles and soft sand below the waterline. There’s a taverna alongside with plenty of shade and delicious things to eat and drink.
We popped up and down regularly for coffees, lunch and swims.
I’m possibly a bit biased but Lakka is my favourite of the three harbour villages on Paxos island. It seems to have just the right amount of shops, tavernas and local life as well as Instagram-worthy views in every direction. There are two or three ways to get to Lakka from Avra including the tarmac road but our favourite was the little track via Harami beach. We liked it best because after the steep bit there’s a pretty seaside route into the village.
Here’s the morning walk to the bakery for fresh bread and Greek doughnuts.
This was our evening stroll along the beach towards the welcoming glow of Lakka village and its tavernas.
Choosing a Paxos villa
Paxos is not an island with lots of water sports and nightlife! We wanted somewhere to relax, re-charge and catch up with friends and it filled the bill nicely. If your family are happy to swim, snorkel, beach-hop and chill then I reckon they’ll enjoy it too. There are some lovely Paxos villas to choose from but make your plans early because Paxos is the sort of place people return to again and again.
Villa Avra is a good choice for a family with teens as both village and beach are walkable which gives everyone a bit more independence. We all liked it and I’ll happily recommend it to friends for its great position, its seclusion and – did I mention the pool with a view!
What to Read Next
Want to know more about Paxos including where to go, what to do and how to get there? Click here for Our Top 9 Things to Do on a Family Trip to Paxos, Greece
Or how about one of the other lovely Ionian islands?
On Lefkada we stayed at Vasiliki, it has a unique bay for watersports and is close to some of the best beaches in Europe. And we spent the day on Meganisi, one of the best kept secrets in the Ionians!
A Paxos Villa Holiday
The boys and I arranged our Paxos villa accommodation, transfers and hire car with Ionian Villas, click here to go to their website
I loved the fact that this is a family-run specialist villa company. Based in the UK, the Watrous family have an in-depth knowledge and love of the islands coupled with years of experience in the travel industry. They offer a great range of Paxos villas and carefully select every house and apartment on their books.
Ionian Villas gives a truly personalised service: they will advise on destinations and can tailor-make individual itineraries to allow flexibility in arrival dates to suit flights or two-centre trips.
Their charming and efficient on-island managers, Dimitris Aronis and his father, run an agency in Lakka and oversee their Paxos villas. Dimitris emailed us in advance and, according to needs, he can arrange meet and greet, transfers, Paxos car hire, villa cooks and even hampers. This on-the-spot expertise smoothed over any worries about transfers or co-ordinating flights with boats. We could walk to their office from Villa Avra and popped in several times to ask for tips and say hello to Pongo the office dog.
Disclosure: Ionian Villas hosted our stay in one of their Paxos villas in return for honest coverage of our trip. This post is entirely my own thoughts and opinions.
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