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Vlasti, a mountainous village just 24 km off Ptolemaida, lies in the bosom of Mounts Siniatsiko (or Askio) and Mouriki, on a plateau with an altitude of 1240 meters. Greek pastures with cedars, beech and oak woods, and pine reforestations give a special character to the region.
The village history starts in the 15th century; after the settlement of the Koniaroi Turks in the Kailaria meadow (Ptolemaida), the Christian populations that lived in the area were forced to settle in safer and more inaccessible places, mainly in the mountainous parts of Macedonia. In the late 18th century, the strengthening of the local population with refugees from Moschopolis and Grammos gave a new impetus to the development and progress of the settlement.
Due to the mountainous terrain and the rich pastures, the villagers were mainly occupied with stock-breeding, and they had the biggest flocks in Macedonia.
The settlement flourished in the 19th century, when the population was over 6,500 people; this flourish is reflected in the urban organization: three Greek schools, three churches, a library, a Town Hall, luxurious houses and two-storey mansions.
The countdown for the prosperous Vlasti started at the dawn of the 20th century with the Macedonian Struggle, the Balkan wars, and World War I, all of which left their marks on the village. Moreover, during World War II, the village was burnt down by the Germans. In the civil war, it was abandoned by its residents.
Today, the permanent residents are not more than one hundred during the winter. Nevertheless, the people from Vlasti are proud of their origin, and still keep strong ties with the community which comes back to life in summertime.


Gaios is the capital of Paxos and its main port. It’s a picturesque, natural harbor, “protected” by the nearby islands of Agios Nikolaos and Panagia, thus forming an impressive “fjord”.
On the lively waterfront there are taverns, cafes, bars and small shops to meet your needs. Walking around Gaios, you will see the Venetian square, traditional stone houses and beautiful neoclassical buildings, characteristic examples of the Ionian architecture. Among them the old British Government House, built during the period of English rule.
At the entrance to the port, the statue of the 1821 Greek revolution hero George Animomioannis reminds visitors of the island’s contribution to the fight for independence. The history of Paxos unfolds through the Paxos Museum, housed in a beautiful neoclassical building of 1905.
There are several churches in the village. Among them is the church of “Agion Apostolon”, where the tomb of Saint Gaios is located. Τhe village was named after this Saint. Near the church you will find the old Gaios Cistern, with its elegant staircase. It was used for the collection of drinking water and it has been designated as a historical monument.
It is worth visiting the two nearby islands: Agios Nikolaos, with the Venetian fortress, whose reconstruction was based on a design of Leonardo da Vinci and Panagia, with the monastery and the lighthouse.

The Blue Caves

The west side of Paxos is dominated by wild landscapes. Sea caves, hidden into vertical cliffs, were sculpted by the waves, forming amazing geologic wonders. The locals call them “graves”. They were named after the vibrant blue color of the surrounding waters. Some are so big that ships can pass through them. It is said that, in the “Cave of Ypapanti”, the most famous one, the Greek submarine “Papanikolis” was hidden, during the Second World War. You can reach them by boat, following an organized cruise or renting a private vessel. When you get there, do not miss the opportunity to swim through them. It will be an unforgettable experience!


Full of olives and pines, Loggos is one of the three villages of Paxos. Small and picturesque, it is famous for its bars and cuisine. You can taste fresh fish, traditional Ionian cuisine or Italian cuisine, in one of its restaurants and taverns. From its port you can arrange an organized one-day cruise to enjoy the amazing beaches of Paxos or rent a boat for a private trip. It is worth visiting the church of Zoodochou Pigis with the interesting frescoes as well as the Old Olive Mill / Soap Factory Anemogianni at the edge of the beach.

Historical-Folklore Museum of Kozani

The Historical-Folklore Museum and Museum of Natural History was founded by the prefecture’s Association of Letters and Arts and is housed in a building whose exterior façade reflects the traditional architecture of Western Macedonia. The collections are exhibited on the ground floor and on all six storeys.

Lake of Polifito

One of the biggest artificial lakes of Greece, Lake Polyfyto was created by the taming of Aliakmonas river through the construction of a dam, and the operation of one of the most important hydropower plants nationally. The dam is crossed by a 1372-meter bridge.