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Parga: an island feel on mainland Greece

Parga is a north-western Greek town, built across the hillside in a style, which at first glance, might remind you of Santorini. Dotted with white-washed buildings and terracotta roofs, Parga is a popular holiday destination for its quiet atmosphere, surrounded by sweeping mountains clad in pines. Valtos Beach is smooth and sandy, the Ionian Sea calm and blue, and the seafood cheap and delicious.  For an island feel in a different location, Parga makes an excellent alternative to Corfu or Rhodes for your 2017 Greek holiday.

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Parga Town has been watched over for 500 years by the Venetian Castle of Parga, rebuilt three times by the Venetians and finally completed by Ali Pasha. From among its stone walls you can enjoy a stunning view across Parga, flanked by the hazy blue Krania park peaks. If you prefer natural rock formations to those of the Venetians, Aphrodite’s Cave is a great spot to visit as part of a guided tour to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. For a chance to uncover the beautiful wilds of rural Greece, Vikos National Park is just a short drive away, and makes for a perfect afternoon with a picnic, or take a ramble along the Acheron River, with hidden spots to lie in the shade and listen to the trickle of the gently flowing water. The mythical site of Nekromanteion is a must-visit if you’re keen on Greek mythology.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Surrounded 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 Parga, 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’s crab salads, octopus pasta and cod served with garlic sauce. Hungry for a sunny Greek holiday yet? We are!

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For Families

For Families

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 along 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 in Parga accommodate children, with kid’s pools and activity clubs. A water-taxi from Parga is a cheap and fun way to get to and from Valtos Beach. 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 a very shallow beach you could take the drive along to Ammoudia Beach, which 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 very likely you’ll want to visit again!

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Action and Adventure

Action and 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. 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, rent your own boat. 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, from waterskiing 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, along the Acheron river or further afield to the green space of Vikos National Park.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Parga is all about the beach-life. Although it’s a popular holiday destination, the beaches retain their calm atmosphere. There’s something in the air in Parga: it must be the reassuring stature of Parga Castle overlooking Valtos Beach, or the calming form of the Krania park mountains, or just the bright sun twinkling on the crystal seas. Valtos Beach is just a short journey away down the coast from Parga, but if you’re keen on getting right to the beach after exploring the hilly town, then Parga has its own small patch of sand, Krioneri Beach. Further down the coast, and worth the trip, is Lichnos Beach, nestled in a dramatic bay, boasting a white sand beach with clear seas, backed with a line of shady pines. For a unique beach you should visit Alonaki Fanariou, a tricky beach to reach, down the cliffs by foot. It’s small, peaceful, and beautiful, served only by an intrepid burger-van. Parga is full of picturesque beaches that you’ll fall in love with.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Nightlife in Parga is an eclectic mix. In the peak season, when holidaymakers from Greece and Italian descend on the resort, the main strip along the coastline buzzes with life, with music, cocktails and dancing. Outside of these months, Parga is 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, either in the shadow of Parga Castle with fabulous views or along the narrow streets in the hills. Even during the peak months there can be 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.

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For Couples

For Couples

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. 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.

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Culture

Culture

The old Venetian castle of Parga is an idyllic spot to take in some of history of this part of Epirus. But the history of Parga goes back much further, and you can experience some of the mystery of ancient Greece at the Nekromanteion Oracle of Ephyra. Lose yourself in the tales of mythology and explore the winding crypts. On the island of Panagia, which you can see from the beach in Parga, there’s the iconic Panaga 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. Booking a holiday has never seemed to make this much sense! Choose loveholidays and we’ll provide the keys for your perfect summer holidays.

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