Magazia Holidays - Quiet rural charm on the island of Paxos
Magazia offers a tranquil and restful country base, and presents a delightful slice of rural Greek life whilst in Paxos. An ideal destination if you’re really looking to get away from it all, Magazia is comprised of a series of tiny hamlets, with this village area boasting a simple charm. Thanks to its rustic setting amongst olive groves, Magazia offers a peaceful 'off the beaten track' destination on an already unspoilt Greek island.
With its central location on the island, Magazia, the former capital, is well-placed to reach any of the three main resorts on Paxos - Gaios, Loggos and Lakka - as well as explore the whole of the stunning coastline and visit some of the island’s best beaches. Days can be spent sunbathing and snorkelling, wandering around the local olive museum, or exploring the countryside on a scenic walk, hike or bike ride, with peaceful evenings soaking up the traditional atmosphere in one of the authentic Greek tavernas nearby, drink in hand.
When to go
The tourist season in Greece runs from May to October, with the peak season (July and August) being the busiest, most expensive and hottest time for a holiday to Paxos. Early or late summer can be a popular time to visit Magazia, as prices are cheaper, and the weather will still be excellent, and the slightly lower temperatures mean more comfortable conditions for outdoor activities and touring the island. May and June holidays also see the best time to experience the lush green Greek countryside around Magazia.
The weather in Magazia
Magazia experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers and short mild winters. During July and August, the weather is extremely dry, with highs of over 30C, warm evenings of around 19C, and as much as 12 hours of sunshine each day. May and June see temperatures of 23C – 27C, whilst September and October remain hot and sunny, with temperatures of 27C – 29C, and 7 - 9 hours of daily sun. There’s more chance for showers during the spring and autumn months, whilst winters are wetter but still mild, with 5 hours of daily sunshine and an average daily temperatures of 14C.
Getting the best deal
For the best value for money, avoid the peak season weeks, as booking a holiday to Magazia during the quieter months of the year can offer considerable savings. Prices are generally much lower, and there’s always better availability if you travel outside of the school holiday weeks. Having flexible travel dates and departing at the very last-minute is also an excellent way to save money and snag a bargain, so for the best fares, search our offers below, and visit our late deals page to look for last minute specials
Airport and transport need to know
There’s no airport on Paxos, so flights are into Corfu Airport (CFU), with access to the island via hydrofoil or sea taxi. Flights to Corfu are widely available from the UK, with departures not only from London Gatwick and Manchester, but regional airports such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Leeds Bradford and Glasgow – with flights taking 3 hours. Paxos is 11km away from Corfu, and the 60-minute transfer by hydrofoil is generally included on your package holiday to Magazia (check when you book just to make sure). Private sea taxis cost around 300 euros (200GBP) one-way, and carry up to 12 people.
As Magazia has a rural setting, a car is recommended and there are motor scooters and bikes for hire, too. The town is on the local bus route, which has 4 departures a day, and there are a small number of taxis for hire on the island. For boat trips, head to the capital, Gaios, where you’ll find a number of island tours and day trips to the neighbouring island of Antipaxos, and Parga, on the mainland.
The best beaches in Magazia
With its central location, you can easily get to any of the island’s beaches from Magazia, from the sheltered east coast, with its beaches, calm bays and harbours, to the wilder west coast, dotted with hidden coves and rocky inlets. Choose from any of the sand or pebble beaches, and enjoy peaceful sunbathing or more energetic water sports. Here are our picks for the best beaches around Magazia.
Best beach for sunbathing - Mogonissi
Travel to the south coast to find Mogonissi, the only sandy beach on the island - a man-made stretch set amongst the cliffs, with good facilities and a beautiful setting. With its location in a quiet sheltered bay, and sand gently shelving into clear shallow waters, it’s easy to see why Mogonissi Beach is a popular spot for families.
Best beach for activities – Harami
Lakka is one of the three main resorts on Paxos, and the local beach, Harami, offers an excellent base for day’s sunbathing and swimming, and a range of water sports. There’s sand underfoot in the sea, meaning great conditions for water skiing, windsurfing, pedalo, donut rides, scuba-diving and snorkelling.
Best beach for isolation – Kipos
Venture to the shady shores of Kipos, near Loggos, to a beach accessible only on foot or by boat, and enjoy a relaxed day by the sea, where olive trees grow right down to the water’s edge, and add to the tranquil setting and quiet charm.