Boats from Páxos sail to even tinier Antípaxos, with only 20 permanent residents. As close as they are, the two islands are very different; the part of Antípaxos facing Páxos looks bare, almost as if it had been bitten off by a Leviathan.
Rather than olive oil, Antípaxos produces good white and red wines; and, rather than pebbly beaches, Antípaxos’s gentle side is graced with beaches on a Caribbean turqouise sea, rated among the finest in Greece: Voutoúmi and fine white sandy Vríka, ‘softer than silk’. There are two tavernas (try Bella Vista, for the promised lovely views) in the itty-bitty village and port at Órmos Agrapídias, but only exclusive villas, arranged by holiday firms, if you want to stay.
Image by Ari Bakker