I didn’t think I could ever pick a favourite Greek island (I’ve visited 16 of them) but within five minutes of arriving on the tiny Ionian island of Paxi, it went straight to the top of my list.
When I think of the things that I want from a Mediterranean holiday the list goes something like this: picturesque harbour towns perfect for evening strolls, pretty outdoor restaurants, quiet beaches with clear turquoise water and low-key characterful accommodation where you can feel like a local. Paxi has all of these, without any crowds (the lack of airport helps) big resorts or ugly towns. There are just three beautiful little harbour towns: Gaios, Loggos and Lakka, all idyllic for evening strolls and alfresco dining. The island is also covered in walking trails that take you through olive groves to secluded beaches with the clearest water I have ever seen.
If this all sounds too quiet for you you could easily combine it with some time spent on Corfu (which has the nearest airport) or the mainland. We flew to Corfu and then visited Ionannina, Konitsa and Meteora, all great destinations on the mainland, but finishing up with three days on Paxi was definitely the highlight of the holiday!