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Paxoi (Greek: Παξοί) is one of the Ionian islands. They are located 7 miles south of Corfu, 8 miles from the continental coast and administratively belong to the Prefecture of Corfu. Within a short distance is the Antipaxoi Island. According to Mythology, the island was created by Poseidon, who cut off with a stroke of its trident a part of Corfu with the purpose of lodging there his love with Amphitriti. So Paxoi is symbol is the trident. Paxian hero is Giorgos Anemogiannis, a burglar and torch who fell martyrdom during the liberation struggle of 1821, at the age of 23 in Nafpaktos. Paxoi, as all the Ionian Islands, is characterized by rich vegetation and is particularly famous for its immense olive groves. The capital of Paxoi is the picturesque Gaios, which is naturally protected by two islets, Panagia and Agios Nikolaos. Other settlements of Paxos are Lakka and Loggos.
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