Perfect Parga holidays 2019
Parga holidays take you to the Greek mainland, something a little different from your typical Greek Island holidays.
Indisputably one of the most stunning regions of Greece, nestling between the striking Pindus mountains and the warm Ionian Sea, Parga is a top choice for anyone looking for a truly tranquil escape on their next holiday. The region is popular with both Greeks and tourists, the many small towns providing a homely and picturesque base in which to relax and soak up the sun. From historic villages to quaint coastal resorts, and full of stunning beaches, Parga is a beautiful and relaxing Greek holiday destination. Perfect for everyone from romantic couples holidays to families seeking fun in the sun, Parga is a slice of Greek paradise ideal for your 2019 cheap holiday.
The region of Parga, though tranquil and beautiful, is also packed full of things to do and places to explore. Parga Town, like many of the settlements in the region, combines a coastal location with lush green surroundings. Along with the sandy town beach and a harbour bustling with eateries and shops, there are colourful houses and the impressive ruins of a Venetian Castle. Another popular resort is Lichnos, a small fishing village with a whole lot of character and one or the most popular beaches in Parga. Historic Anthoussa is famous for its’ Byzantine castle but loved for its village charm, and all across the region there are beaches ranging from the well-serviced tourist hotspots to secluded, intimate coves. Resorts in Parga exude a laid-back atmosphere but there are plenty of lively tavernas, watersports and beach activities, and fascinating history which seems to have seeped into the very soil, making it a superb choice for holidays in 2018/2019.
Fringed by the calm Ionian Sea, Parga offers up some of the best seafood restaurants in the Preveza region. These traditional tavernas (tavernas which serve only seafood are called psarotavernas) sit along the coastline and along the narrow streets that wind their way up hilly through hilly resort towns, nestled in shady spots where you can sit and enjoy some Greek-style mussels, cooked in a tomato sauce with feta cheese. If you’re feeling extravagant opt for a lobster on a bed of home-made pasta, and some ouzo, the anise flavour complimenting the delicious fishiness of the dish. Whilst you’re there, you must try the crispy fried squid, served with a Greek salad and a wedge of lemon. This light treat is an iconic Greek summertime snack. There are crab salads, octopus pasta and cod served with garlic sauce. Hungry for a sunny Greek holiday yet? We are!
Parga’s Valtos Beach is great for children, it’s not too deep and the calm surf is perfect for children who want to play at the water’s edge. Valtos Beach is also a great location for kids because of the all the activities available in the sea, including inflatables, watersports and pedalos. Many of the hotels across Parga accommodate children, with kid’s pools and activity clubs. A water-taxi from Parga Town is a cheap and fun way to get around and take a tour along the coastline. Krioneri Beach, Parga Town’s little strip of sand, can get very busy during the peak season, but it’s shallow and sandy too, just right for the little ones. For very shallow waters, Ammoudia Beach is ideal for very small children who want to play in the sea. Parga makes for a great family beach holiday alternative to other popular destinations, like Majorca, and once you’ve been once it’s likely to become your go-to family holiday spot!
Action & Adventure
Surrounded by islands waiting to be discovered and beaches and hidden caves waiting around every corner, one of the best ways to experience the Western coast of mainland Greece is in a boat. In Parga Town, there’s a water taxi that, for a small fee, will take you up and down to the various beaches, but if you’re feeling competent and confident, you can rent your own boat from many of the coastal resorts along the coast of Parga. This way you can relax and spend the time however you want, either diving from the back into the crystal seas, or mooring up on a hidden little beach. Coastline activities are also popular in resorts like Lichnos, Valtos and Parga Town, from water-skiing and jet skiing to seaside games. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t involve the sea, hire a bicycle and adventure off into the surrounding natural splendour. Cycle along the Acheron river or further afield to the green space of Vikos National Park.
There is certainly no shortage of beaches in Parga. Most of the popular resort towns, including Parga and Lichnos, have their own sandy bays which are perfectly designed for tourists. Shops, cafes. sunloungers and a whole host of watersports can all be enjoyed within just a short walk from your resort hotel. Along with its, own beach, Parga Town benefits from having Piso beach and Krioneri beach within striking distance, both popular and well serviced by beach facilities and activities these alternative beaches give you plenty of variety if you make Parga Town your base. Valtos beach is another popular choice, easily accessed from resorts like Lichnos and Agia Kiriaki and well provisioned with café’s, bars and organised watersports available. Alternatively, if you are seeking something more secluded, both Agios Loannis and Agios Sostis are secretive coastal gems with crystal waters you may be able to enjoy all to yourself.
Nightlife in Parga is an eclectic mix. In the peak season, when holidaymakers from Greece and Italian descend on the area, head to Parga Town. The resorts main strip along the coastline buzzes with life, with music, cocktails and dancing. In more sedate resorts, like Anthoussa and Valtos, evenings are a little more relaxed. There’s a focus on the chilled-out life, a slow, enjoyable meal at a seaside taverna, before taking a stroll to find an atmospheric place to enjoy a drink with fabulous views over the Ionian Ocean or along the narrow streets in the hills. Even during the peak months, there are quiet places to be found, where you can enjoy a few drinks with friends in the winding heart of Parga. It’s a youthful place, full of fun, but strikes the perfect holiday balance of relaxation and action.
If you’re looking for rustic charm, plenty of places to eat, beaches to lounge on, hotels with balcony views of beautiful scenery and a nightlife which changes with your mood, then Parga is the perfect place for your next romantic getaway. For a cultural coastal environment, base yourself in Parga Town. A spot that the Venetians – the most romantic of cultures – chose to defend with a huge castle, must be a romantic place. Relax on Valtos Beach, roam the Vikos National Park or travel out to the islands of Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos, for a chance to find your own secluded slice of Greece. Let love blossom in the olive groves, or among the orange trees, and you’ll discover the ancient allure of Epirus.
Parga is an area which oozes the history, culture, and mythology of ancient Greece, while also enjoying fascinating historical influences from the likes of the Venetians and Byzantines. In Parga Town, the old Venetian castle ruins are an idyllic spot to take in some of history of this part of Epirus. Similarly, the small village of Anthousa is famous for its fantastic Byzantine Castle. At the Nekromanteion Oracle of Ephyra you can experience some of the mystery of ancient Greece and lose yourself in mythology as you explore the winding crypts. On the island of Panagia, which you can see from the beach in Parga, there’s the iconic Panagia Chapel with its white spire. Parga is also well situated for day-trips to Corfu, where you can find ancient, ruined villages among the hills, and to the island of Paxos which has its own secluded spots.