Greek Family Holiday on the Island of Paxos
Family adventures are notoriously difficult to get right. Too much adventure equals marital disaster and wailing children. Too little equals boredom, sibling bickering and marital agitation as you try wrestle with the 'tribe'! We just completed a great adventure which hit the middle ground. Small island of Paxos in the Greek Ionian Sea, accessible only by hydrofoil or water taxi (use Nick on 0030 6932232072). Beautiful base camp at a villa in the hills which is a restoration of a 300+ year old farmhouse booked through www.scottwilliams.co.uk. Daily excursions on a boat rented just for the family to a selection of over 32 small secluded beaches. Best locals to rent from are Lefkeris and Katerina through email@example.com. Swimming, snorkelling in the mesmerizingly blue waters, fishing, rock jumping, siestas on sun-baked rocks and long lunches in small port tavernas that you literally dock against. Best food on the island is at Vasilis in Loggos, try the fresh swordfish, simply world class. Homemade ice-cream to die for from Capriccio in Gaios on the waterfront is the perfect end to a day on the boat. With a local Greek cook thrown in at the villa (who is also the island’s wedding singer) producing amazing Greek dishes on arrival back at the house every evening, this is a great family adventure. They say Paxos is like St Tropez in the 70's. Long may it stay that way. Our photos were taken by my son Hector who has a real eye and burgeoning talent (unlike his father!).
By Joss Kent, Adventure Travel Correspondent