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Paxos for children.....?

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Paxos for children.....?

Is there anybody that can give me some advice please? We're trying to plan next year's holiday and are keen on the idea of Paxos, but have no experience of it other than a couple of hours on a day trip from Corfu, years ago. My only concern is, now that we have a daughter (she will be 5 when we go) will it be suitable for her? Myself and my partner love the idea of somewhere less "toursity" - we want "proper" Greek food, no English bars or chips and full English breakfasts! We don't want or need kids' clubs or anything like that, but I wondered, is Paxos a place that families go to, ie. will there be any other kids for her to socialise with?? Our only holiday with her so far was to Crete last year. We tried to get the best of both worlds - we stayed in Stalis, which we don't like as a resort itself but it gave us options - we used it as a base, going to Piskopiano/Koutouloufari for decent food, but during the day she was happy in the pool and the apartments had a tiny little playground. There was only one other little boy there whilst we were there, which was enough to keep her happy, and when we came back from evening meals out, the little bar would have music playing and she would have a little dance around. I'm just concerned that Paxos may be mainly couples enjoying a more traditional holiday (which we would love if it was just the two of us!) and our little girl may be bored! Like I say, she doesn't need much to keep her entertained, but I wondered what your opinions are on Paxos being suitable for us all. If anyone could recommend which village may be right for us, I'd really appreciate some tips!!! Thanks in advance :-)

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Hi Jill - we've just come back from Paxos today after two weeks with 4 & 8 year old boys and they absolutely loved it. It's the 6th time we've been in 9 years and both kids have grown up with Paxos from being babies. We spend a lot of time on Antipaxos and they love the beach and the sea and there are also really good pools at the Paxos Beach Hotel and Monodendri together with another great beach for kids at Mongonissi.

While there are a lot of couples, there are also plenty of young families having a great time so I'm sure your daughter would really enjoy it. I think that the problem comes with older kids when they get into their teens and want more "laid on" activities which Paxos doesn't have (thankfully!!).

When it comes to the best location to stay there are pro's and con's to wherever you choose. Our personal preference is to base ourselves right in Gaios because there is a lot more going on than in Lakka / Loggos to keep the kids interested and we don't have to worry about driving home if we want to have a drink on an evening. Wherever you stay I'd suggest that you will need a car for at least part of your holiday - it makes nipping to a pool / beach for a couple of hours to keep the kids entertained far easier.

We have stayed in some of the more remote areas in villas with their own pools but found that (especially when we only had one child) they became bored quite quickly with the pool as they wanted someone else to play with. They would happily spend a full day at either Antipaxos or one of the hotel pools where there were other kids and so the private pool was an expensive luxury which didn't get used as often as we would have liked.

Whatever you choose, you will have a great time (it's virtually impossible to get Paxos "wrong"!!!) and you'll learn how to get the best from the island to suit your lifestyle for the next time that you go back once you become addicted to it!!!

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Hi Jill

Consider the Bastas in Lakka, it's inexpensive for Paxos, right by the village, there's a pool there and also a free daily minibus to Manadendri beach which has a pool a small play area and taverna. I believe there's also a small park on the road parallel to The Bastas.

There's two small beaches in Lakka.

Bear in mind all of the beaches on Paxos are pebbly there is however a man made beach at Mogonissi and sand beaches on Anti Paxos which can be reached by boat (renting your own is the best fun)

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Hi Jill

I too loved Paxos when I visited from Corfu but once I had the children I prefer a direct flight. Just a thought for you but have you had a look at Kefalonia?. My children love it and they (and me!) have never wanted laid on "entertainment" or kids clubs (personal preferences I know but the thought makes me shudder!) Hope you find what you are looking for!

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Hi Jill

I normally hesitate to recommend specific properties because it's always down to personal taste and budget, but it might be worth having a look at Loggos View here - http://www.planos.co.uk/loggos_view.htm . The owners of both the bar and the supermarket directly in front of the apartment have daughters around the same age as your daughter and kids that age seem to have little difficulty overcoming language barriers when it comes down to making playmates. Plus, it's only a short walk to Levrechio beach which is popular with families of all nationalities, including Brits.

Loggos is smaller than the other two main villages on Paxos, but that seems to give it a more intimate feel and the people - both tourists and locals alike - seem to get to know each other very quickly there. Just a thought!

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Hi Jill, I have just come back from Paxos. I have two very excitable and energetic boys and worried they'd get bored but it was fabulous. We stayed at the Antigoni Apartments in Loggos just a short walk to the village and beach. They are two bedroom apartments (there are 3 of them) that share a pool. There is also a BBQ there. We spent a lot of time at the pool. We also hired a boat (through panos boats at Paxos Thalassa travel) they were lovely and we also booked a day trip on the 'Lefcothea' where they took us around the island and to AntiPaxos where the kids were able to make sandcastles and we had a lovely meal at the restaurant there. The kids loved exploring and being able to stay up well past bedtime. It is very family orientated and restaurants and Roxi bar never minded the children there at all. There is a pool in one of the bars on Monodendri beach so you can have a meal or cocktail whilst the little ones play on the beach or in the pool. I'd definitely reccommend it to anyone with kids.

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Another vote for Paxos being great for kids. We'll be taking our 8-month old daughter on her first Paxos visit next month, but having been four times in the last five years I can attest to the number of kids tearing about the place seeming to have a great time, without it impinging on the couples too much! Smaller children are also pretty prevalent at the start of September as they don't have to worry about school holidays.

As an example, I was sitting in Tolis grill in Loggos last year with my wife and we started conversation with an Italian couple next to us who had three kids aged between 4 and 7. All three weren't at the table, but were hanging out in a multi-cultural hodge podge of kids that was alternating between outside the restaurant and patrolling the harbour front. Gesture and laughter was the universal language and I also overheard English, Greek, Italian and French so I'm sure your daughter certainly wouldn't be bored! As Xenos notes above, Loggos is a little smaller than Gaios or Lakka, but that seemed to reassure parents of various nationalities as all the local kids are known to every shop and taverna owner so any additions were kept an eye on while allowing them to play with other children.

I still remember similar experiences from my own childhood and I think it's great that there are places like Paxos where people are confident and comfortable enough to allow their kids to explore, meet other children and enjoy their time in a different place.

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