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Mongonisi, Paxos, Greece...

At the southern point of Paxos the small Island of Moggonissi is set in the most beautiful surroundings. It is surrounded by clear blue sea and has a sandy beach which offers safe bathing for families. It also provides good shelter and facilities and free mooring for the sailing fraternity.

It is often referred to as Mogonisi, Mogonissi or even Moggonissi.

Beach
Mongonisi boasts one of the two sandy beaches on the island; the other being at Lakka. However, it is a man made beach designed to service the needs of a nearby hotel.

The village
There is no real centre to Mongonisi as the village is comprised mainly of villas and dwellings scattered through the olive groves that surround the bay. The area of Mongonisi is formed around a natural bay that has a very small island on the east side. This can be reached by bridge. On the island, there is a chapel, called Agios Spiridon. From here there are stunning views south towards Anti-Paxos and east towards the Greek mainland.

Food and drink
There is a taverna at the back of the beach that has an excellent reputation for it's traditional Greek cuisine and sometimes Greek dancing.

 



Accommodation in Mongonisi
There is limited accommodation but the holiday operators are slowly infiltrating the area. However, you can find some private villas, apartments, and the only campsite on Paxos where there are facilities for tents, caravans and motor homes. The campsite is at the back of the beach.


Facilities in Mongonisi
Again facilities are limited but you will find a taverna and a water sports outlet. The natural bay at Mongonisi provides mooring for yachts and motor cruisers.

To summarise, Moggonissi provides for:

Mooring for up to 50 boats.
Showers and toilets
Sailing sports - Wind surfing - Peddle boats.
Camping area for tents - Caravans - Mobile homes.
A taverna with an excellent reputation for traditional Greek food. Greek dancing in the evening. Organized events such as birthdays and other special occasions.

Fontana

A short distance inland from Loggos, on the east coast of Paxos, Fontana is a tiny village set around a church and a taverna. A plane tree acts as a central roundabout. In Greece, plane trees are considered a good omen, signaling water. Indeed, Fontana stands at the head of a watershed that runs down to Loggos on the east coast.

With its quiet, agricultural atmosphere, Fontana makes a pleasant change from relative hussle and bussle of the other villages. Fontana is sometimes known as Platinos.

There are no places to exchange money here and no real signs of the modern day world which is one of its main attractions. If you haven't got a car, Fontana is only half a hour’s walk from Loggos and twenty minutes back down.

Marks out of ten

Attractiveness 5/10
Cleanliness 8/10
Safety 9/10
Greek authenticity 10/10


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