Parga, Mainland Greece, August 2015
This time last year I was debating on where to take my two teenage children on holiday. Some client’s I had booked to Parga had returned and enthused about it so much I decided to take a look.
The recommendations are usually the other way around!!
Greece is one of my favoured Mediterranean destinations and I prefer the less commercial islands and resorts.
Parga seemed to be a great choice.
We flew into Preveza with Small Planet Airlines, a 3 hour 45 min flight from Manchester and then a 45 minute road transfer to Parga.
Despite its charm, Parga thankfully remains low key with narrow flagstone streets and brightly coloured houses all which sit above a beautiful harbour.
Olive groves, orange trees and stretches of golden sand with a sapphire sea made Parga a picture postcard type of resort.
Like most of Greece, Parga offers great local food including good quality fish and slow-cooked meats. You will be spoilt for choice with its many restaurants & bars, all of which boast stunning locations lining the waterfront and the old town.
Parga is excellent for cultural markets and shops that line the cosy narrow streets, filled with local arts and crafts, perfect for having a browse before or after dinner.
Although this holiday was about relaxing there were plenty of excursions and activities to break up those days by the pool or the beach. A popular activity for those staying in Parga was to wonder up to the Venetian Castle which sits high above the harbour. Initially built in the 11th century and rebuilt again the 13th & 16th century, it was built to protect the residents from pirates. It offers magnificent views of Parga and the coast line and has some great Venetian architecture, such as the Lion of Venice entrance. Top tip wear suitable shoes and take your camera. Other trips on offer were the Ottoman Castle at Anthoussa village, the springs of the Acheron River, Necromandio, the entrance to Hades where the ancient Greeks went to speak to the dead and Meteora, see some of the most incredible sights in the world. The monasteries of Meteora, featured in James Bond’s “For Your Eyes Only”.
Parga has a town beach but during high season does tend to get very busy. An option is to take one of the many water taxis from the harbour to several other beaches, Lichnos (€8 return) or Valtos (€4 return) both beaches of golden sand are much longer and offer great water sports, restaurants & bars. The trip by boat also gives you the chance to see the beautiful Ionian coastline. Parga is also close to Paxos & Anti Paxos, where you can catch the local ferry over for the day.
So if you are looking for a relaxing low key holiday in a beautiful part of Greece, Parga would be a fantastic choice.
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