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Top destinations for bringing the brood on board

Top destinations for bringing the brood on board

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Paxos is an island where boats cast shadows on sandy shallows, where quiet creeks can secrete an entire superyacht and where pebble beaches lend the lapping waters a milky-blue hue. “It’s the ideal Greek island for quality family charters,” says Burgess charter broker Marie Molls. “With so many bays and beaches to choose from, Paxos is all about tranquillity and privacy.” It’s a far cry from showy-chic Santorini or the midday madness of Mykonos. “Families, especially teenagers, will love Gaios, Paxos’s tiny capital,” Molls says. “It is one of the most beautiful harbours in the Ionian Sea, and has great ice creams at Gelateria Capriccio.” With two small islands within the harbour, Agios Nikolaos and Panagia, the bay becomes even more fascinating to explore by tender.

Both are dotted with Greek churches and Venetian fortresses, a legacy of four centuries of Serene Republic rule. The Venetians also planted thousands of olive trees; now the 30-square-kilometre island (three times the size of Capri) has 100 trees for each resident. Molls particularly recommends spending family time at Loggos beach, an isolated piney cove on Paxos’s north- eastern tip. “It’s known for its traditional tavernas like Vasilis, which has been serving cuttle sh risotto and prawn kritharoto since 1957,” she says.

Image courtesy of Creative Commons.

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