The largest settlement of the three main ones on Paxos, Gaios is the capital of the island. Actually, this is the only settlement that is big enough to warrant the description of being a town.
Gaios was named after the apostle of the same name who is said to have come here in 1st century AD. A visit to the Church of Ascension is quite worthwhile and so is a trip to the Museum where you will find prehistoric era collections. In Gaios, the most striking aspect is that the Venetian and British heritage is quite evident all around. In particular, when you take a long, leisurely stroll down the water front, you can see both these styles in the architecture of the buildings lining the roads.
The main activity in Gaios is centred on the picturesque harbour and you will find yachts of all sizes and hues vying for space here durring summer months. Many tourists prefer to sit down at one of the open air cafes around the harbour and watch the people and yachts milling around all day.
Old fashioned little shops share space with modern little boutiques here and make for a colourful, interesting time here in Gaios. Immense groves make it paradise for nature lovers while history buffs will love the ruins of the early Christian St Stephen Basilica at Ozias. If you would like to explore the little town on your own, just walk down the shore towards the south and you will discover many beautiful, quiet bathing spots that offer complete solitude.