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Parga Overview

Scenic harbour

Parga is an incredible resort, located on the north west coast of mainland Greece overlooking the Ionian Sea and the small islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. The resort is extremely popular with local tourists as well as international visitors. The town is built around a scenic harbour complete with impressive yachts vying for space alongside the local fishing boats. Whitewashed buildings seem to tumble down the hillside towards the water. Parga is a perfect place to shop and explore with little winding cobbled streets leading you up, down and across the resort. Be sure to stop for a local delicacy or a refreshing drink.

Take a water taxi to Valtos Beach

The local beach is small but popular. Alternatively, take a short water taxi to the larger Valtos Beach. This beach is a long stretch of soft white sand, perfect for long days soaking in the sun. When the sun sets, head into Parga for food and entertainment.

Visit the Venetian Castle

Regular boat trips leave Parga and you can explore the surrounding islands and coastline. Look out for trips offering lunch and a swim – a great way to spend the day. Popular options include Corfu and the two smaller islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. On the dry land, the beautiful Venetian Castle perched high above the town is worth a visit.

 

Things to do in Parga

 

On the beach in Parga

There is a small beach in the heart of Parga beyond the small harbour. This is a nice little beach but you should head further afield if you want the full beach experience. Up and over the fortified headland to the west of the town lies the beautiful and popular beach of Valtos. Regular water taxis leave from Parga and can deposit you at the small harbour in the bay next door. The long sweep of sand is backed by great places to eat and drink and the water is busy with every imaginable activity. Further east lies the more remote beach of Lichnos. This idyllic spot is backed by scented pine forests and has several places to find a drink and snack. There are also water sports on offer in Lichnos.

Top Tip:

It’s possible to walk through the olive groves to get to Lichnos Beach but the most popular options are taxis – either on water or dry land.

Eat and drink in Parga

Parga is a very popular destination for both Greek and International visitors. The port and old town are the most popular areas to enjoy a late night meal with a wide range of tavernas and restaurants reflecting the range of holidaymakers that visit this beautiful resort. The small streets running from the port into the town are perfect for drinks and you will find a good range of cafes and late night bars serving light snacks and meals as well. For a meal with a view you might like to visit nearby Valtos Beach. There are some very popular beachside tavernas and beach bars busy with holidaymakers throughout the summer.

Parga nightlife

Nightlife in Parga tends to revolve around lounge bars and cafes that slowly liven up as the sun goes down. The hub of the entertainment is the port area and the old town. Make the most of the relaxed vibe and warmer summer evenings. Stroll through the town and along the waterfront and stop whenever you find a bar that suits you. It is a great way to discover the wonderful old town of Parga. Beyond the port and old town, both Lichnos and Valtos offer some lively beach bars with the added benefit of the soft sand between your toes as you party.

Shopping in Parga

The winding streets of Parga are perfect for a lazy stroll as you explore the quirky little artisan stores selling local pottery and leather goods. You will find the usual mixture of souvenir stores and local speciality boutiques. If you are self-catering you should visit the local market which is held on Mondays and Fridays. You will find the best in local fruit and vegetables – far fresher and cheaper than in the local supermarkets. There are a number of banks and cash machines in the town as well.

Top Tip:

Visit Valtos Beach for the latest in beach essentials.

Things to see in Parga

Take a walk up the headland and explore the ancient ruins of the Venetian Castle dating back to the Middle Ages. The views of the port and promenade are spectacular, particularly in the evening. The ancient ramparts of the Ottoman Anthousa Castle play host to a range of events in the summer months. Off shore, discover the wonderful islands of the Ionian Sea. Corfu is a great day trip option while closer to home lies the sleepy island of Paxos. Pay a visit to the harbour and see what is on offer. For a more active day out, consider a rafting trip down the Acheron River.

 

We Recommend

 

Kamini Bar  

Grab a cocktail and a seat on the terrace overlooking the harbour and relax. This bar is popular with both locals and visitors with a warm welcome guaranteed for all. At night the lights of the harbour and the gently bobbing boats provide a perfect back drop for a Parga night.

Taverna Andreas

This friendly local taverna enjoys a perfect location, in the shadows of the Venetian Castle on one side and with a terrace overlooking nearby Valtos Beach on the other. The shady terrace is lovely and the varied menu of Greek dishes and wine will keep you coming back for more.

Festival of the Holy Virgin – August 15th

Every year a big celebration is held in honour of the Holy Virgin. The whole town joins in the party with food and wine as well as live music, dancing and a fireworks show. The fireworks are set on the island of Panagia in the bay. Sit back and enjoy the show.

 

Fast Facts

 

  • Currency – EUR
  • Time Zone – GMT + (2)
  • Travel Time – Aktion (PVK) - 3 hours 10 minutes(London)
  • Transfer Time – 1 hour (Taxi)

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