The ‘capital’ of Paxos, an idyllic tourist location that is hidden behind the island of St. Nicholas. The distance between the two islands is so small that the water in between the two forms a very sheltered river. Gaios stretches along the quay with a small village square in the centre, which lies right next to the harbour. A stroll through the village’s narrow streets with many jewellery and souvenir shops is definitely worthwhile.
You can enter the area from both the south side and north side. The southern entrance can be recognised at a greater distance by all the buildings (which are easily distinguishable). There is a narrow passage between the piers of the southern entrance where the water is only 2 metres deep. Stay in the middle and wait until the ‘passage’ is free. The northern entrance is poorly visible from a great distance. Once you come closer, the lighthouse and white wall on the island off the coast become visible. In high season you will recognise the entrance because of all the yachts and ferries.