Super-fine, powdery white sand and exotic turquoise waters reminiscent of a Polynesian paradise make Vrika one of Antipaxos’ most coveted bathing spots. The beach, just 20 minutes by boat from Gaios, Paxos’ main town (at a round-trip cost of around €10), has free sun loungers and umbrellas and can get extremely busy in peak season (mid July-late August) as there are regular drop-offs of boatloads of tourists. On the beach you will find two tavernas serving fresh, grilled seafood such as octopus, calamari and sardines which make for the perfect seaside snack.
Visitors arriving on Antipaxos from Paxos often choose between Vrika and Voutoumi, the next, less visited stop on the tourist boat ride, which has a similarly exotic setting of white sand and crystalline water. Voutoumi is also surrounded by a pretty, green oasis that’s carpeted in wild flowers, vines and fruit trees, while Bella Vista taverna high above is reached by climbing 152 steps – a trek well worth the effort for both its breathtaking views and tasty food.