Theodora Apartments, Gaios, Paxos Recommend these to clients who want a simple, traditional stay. Facilities are basic, but it’s peaceful and secluded with only six apartments (each with a small kitchen, balcony and access to shared outdoor pool), set on the hillside a few minutes’ walk from the village.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Vrika beach in Antipaxos; Lefkas Town; local life in

Karya, Lefkas; Longos, Paxos

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islands and Corfu in 1386, and occupied them for four centuries). Sitting at an outdoor cafe,

Daglas Studios, Nidri, Lefkas With four studio apartments a minute’s walk from the beach, this is a safe bet for clients wanting a central, good-value stay in Nidri. They’re all twin- bed, open-plan apartments with a small kitchenette, and a few minutes’ from the town.

Bacchus House, Antipaxos This one-bedroom hilltop villa – bookable via GIC The Villa Collection – is about as secluded as it gets. Guests are given a shopping list before they come so supplies can be delivered. It has a private pool surrounded by greenery and overlooks the azure ocean.

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coffee in hand, water rippling off into the distance, was about as idyllic as it gets – and despite it being the biggest village on the island, it was still almost silent, with a sleepy, slow-paced feel that felt authentically, undeniably Greek. Much of the food here is also exceptional; recommend Carnayo Restaurant for gourmet-style, modern-meets-traditional dishes such as youvetsi – a tomatoey, cinnamon-infused concoction of orzo pasta and tender beef topped with crispy melted cheese. Elsewhere there’s plenty more to see, including Lakka – the island’s second-biggest village, home to shiny boutiques and souvenir shops on elegant cobbled squares – and the hillier Loggos, where tiny fishing boats and harbour-side restaurants meet historic, narrow lanes and pastel-hued houses. It’s not just about traditions here

as a smattering of trendy spots draw a young, cool crowd. Among them

Erimitis Bar & Restaurant, where quirky cocktails such as Bitter Ant (a mix of Campari and Jägermeister topped with thick, gooey caramel) came with a sky painted lilac, pink and peach at dusk, as the sun fell below the horizon. Getting there: A hydrofoil from Corfu shuttles passengers to Gaios in about an hour; recommend booking in advance. There are also ferries from Corfu and mainland Greece.

ANTIPAXOS The vibe: Located a mile south of its bigger sibling, the tiny Antipaxos – measuring just one-and-a-half square miles – is island paradise


Sunvil offers seven nights at the Theodora Apartments in Paxos and seven nights at Kalami Bay in Corfu from £2,355, based on two sharing (self-catered) with flights from Gatwick and transfers on September 2.

Sunvil can arrange a 14-night stay at the Daglas Studios in Nidri, Leas, from £1,398, including flights from Gatwick on July 28 and based on two sharing on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

typified; deserted, dusty paths meandering up tree-carpeted hills, verdant vineyards producing good- quality wines and soft white sands edging electric blue water. There are no shops or big-name hotels, with villas the main accommodation here, and there are barely any cars, with the permanent resident population numbering just eight. Highlights: Vrika beach – where most boats from Paxos drop passengers off – is as beautiful as they come, with sugar-fine sand set around a calm bay. Voutoumi beach close by takes it up a notch and has barely any visitors. There’s also plenty of hiking, with steep

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