Perfect Parga holidays 2021
On the west coast of mainland Greece, backed by mountains and opening out into the Ionian Sea, pretty Parga is perfectly placed for laidback holidays full of watersports, hiking and island-hopping.
Low colourful houses cascade down the hillside leading to Parga’s waterfront at the heart of this tranquil seaside town. The warren of winding, bougainvillea-draped streets gives way to the warm, clear waters of Parga harbour where bobbing boats complete the scene. The sea plays a big part in Parga’s attraction with its volcanic coastline delivering endless opportunities for diving, snorkelling and adventurous exploration. Unassuming with every amenity you could wish for, Parga is best enjoyed by families and couples during the long, hot days of the summer months.
Natural highlights of Parga
As well as visiting the naturally beautiful beaches and bays, Parga is well placed for day trips into the wild and mountainous Epirus region. Lace up your hiking boots on an excursion to the record-breaking Vikos Gorge in The Vikos National Park or pack your binoculars for birdwatching at Amvrakikos Wetlands National Park, the largest wetlands in Greece.
Why book Parga holidays
Lush natural wonders
Old hiking trails will take you amongst rolling hills and onto hidden medieval castles
Top attractions to visit
Visit the Venetian Castle of Parga & the Ottoman Castle in Anthoussa village
Sample the local food
Savour the succulent flavours of the fish tavernas & grill restaurants
Sample the cafe culture
There are numerous lovely cafes offering views over the deep blue sea
Discover the best beaches
Take a swim in calm beaches like Valtos and Lichnos
Perfect for watersports
The river of Acheron is perfect for rafting
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Your guide to Parga holidays
Holidays in Parga were made for beach hopping, boutique shopping and day trips to see some of Greece’s most dramatic countryside and seascapes.
- Walk the cobbled cypress-tree-lined path to reach Parga’s Venetian Castle. Rebuilt and added to numerous times over the centuries, it plays host to performances, exhibitions and boasts splendid seaviews day and night.
- Take a dip in the cooling waters of the Acheron River before visiting the Necromanteion of Acheron temple. Delve into mythology as you learn about the ancient Greek underworld at these two sites.
- Watersports are a big deal in Parga and the rocky bays and beaches make it perfect for snorkelling and diving. Other watersports in Parga include sailing, fishing, canoeing and jet skiing.
- Wander the twisting streets to bag a bargain in the boutique shops. Browse clothes, crafts and jewellery as well as street stalls stocked with ouzo and brandy.
- Just because you’re staying on the mainland doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a bit of island-hopping. Choose from the many providers offering day trips to nearby Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos.
History & culture in Parga
From ancient ruins and tiny chapels to local museums, holidays in Parga promise lots for hungry culture vultures.
- Get sweaty on a hike from Valtos Beach to hilltop Ali Pasha Castle, also known as Anthousa Castle, 3km northwest of Parga. Follow the wooded trail to find the 19th-century ruins and ramparts.
- Head inside the charming terracotta-topped chapel on the tiny isle of Panagia, just off Parga Town. Walk or take a boat as proper clothing is required inside the Greek Orthodox Church of Dormition of Virgin Mary.
- Pop into The Watermill Museum to discover the history of milling in the region. Exhibits also include traditional folklore tales and dress.
- Pay homage to Parga’s religious roots at its small Ecclesiastical Museum. Artefacts include rare books, gospels and historic items from local churches.
- For an extra history fix, visit nearby Perdika Folklore Museum. Discover local history through farming equipment, utensils, tools and clothing all donated by residents over the years.
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Prices last checked at 10:10 21 January 2021