Parga is a picture-postcard resort with a delightful harbour, cobbled streets and whitewashed, red-roofed village houses surrounding the picturesque harbour.
Parga is without doubt the loveliest resort on the mainland of Greece’s north-western Preveza region. It nestles in a small, sweeping bay between green olive groves and the sea and is a favourite among Greeks as a holiday destination too. Holidays in Parga hold endless appeal for visitors of all ages and promise a laid-back holiday in a location you normally only see on postcards.
Famed for its charm and beauty, the resort is relatively unspoilt, with tourism remaining low key until the high season, when the cosmopolitan essence of the town brings it alive. With its cobbled streets, beautiful coloured houses draped with bougainvillea and fragrant jasmine, and Mediterranean summer weather, Parga holidays are ideally suited to discerning visitors wishing to unwind in a beautiful Greek resort with excellent amenities. Bask in endless sunshine on Valtos Beach, visit the awe inspiring monasteries in the sky at Meteora or stay closer to home and climb up to the Venetian castle in Parga Town.
Despite its charm and beauty, its tourism industry thankfully remains low key which is central to Parga's real appeal. Its narrow, flagstone streets are filled with brightly coloured houses and draped with bougainvillea and aromatic jasmine. Holidays in Parga are all about relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere in gorgeous surroundings.
For the more adventurous, Epirus is easily accessible along with boat trips to Corfu Town and Paxos. Parga is also an ideal base for short trips to the surrounding villages of Aghia, Anthoussa and Trkastro, which are perched on a plateau above the fertile, mountainous countryside. With almost too many enticing villages and beaches to mention, holidays to Parga are great for getting off the beaten-track and exploring the traditional and scenic charms of real Greece. Why not hire a car and see more for yourself, with a different location and adventure possible every day?
Parga is blessed with two golden sandy beaches which lie either side of the main harbour front; however there are many others close by. Lovely Sarakiniko Beach can be reached by water taxi from Parga Harbour. Just 19 kilometres away, enjoy the coastline north of Parga, passing Valtos Beach, The Vlacheron Monastery, Iosostis and other small picturesque bays and beaches on your way to Sarakiniko. Once there you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful sandy and shingle bay, backed by ancient olive groves. Great facilities, restaurants, watersports and stunning sunsets make this beach perfect for romantic or family holidays.
Krioneri Beach is the main, larger beach with plenty of activities, ranging from water skiing and parasailing to surfing and diving, while smaller Piso Kironeri is perfect for those seeking a quieter more romantic beach spot to spend the day. Varos and Lichnos Beaches are located in a sheltered bay where you’ll be spoilt for choice with bars and restaurants.
Parga has many great places to eat out, serving everything from traditional Greek food to international à la carte dishes. Take a stroll to the castle where welcoming tavernas serve freshly caught fish, while down at the picturesque harbour front you’ll find an even wider choice of restaurants and bars to tempt your taste buds. Explore the shops and get some bargains to take home, with lots to choose from, including leather shoes and bags, jewellery, local honey and olive oil.
Things To Do
Parga Holidays Excursions
Make your holidays to Parga extra special and book one of our wonderful excursions, carefully selected to cater for everyone's interests.
Paxos & Antipaxos: Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea. A day on a boat is worth two on the beach.
Zagoria Forgotten Villages: See the park in all its verdant glory with fabulous flora and fauna.
Zagoria & Ioannina: See the fantastic National Park and visit Ioannina, the capital of Epirus.
Secret Epirus: A day of discovery with fascinating myths and legends to uncover. Discover the secret of Epirus - the Oracle of Nekromanteion, Zolongo and enjoy lunch by the River Acheron.
Secret Epirus 1: River walk (High season only). You can walk the river Styx's, the path to the underworld.
Meteora: See some of the most incredible sights in the world. The mountain monasteries of Meteora, which featured in James Bond's "For Your Eyes Only".
Secret Epirus 1: Visiting the Oracle of Nekromanteion, time to walk by the river or enjoy lunch by the Acheron.
Corfu Delights: Sail the Ionian Sea -shop till you drop or see the sights of Corfu Town.
Ionian Cruise: You can see seven different islands that belong to the Ionian Sea. What a day!
For further information and to secure your place on any of these exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.
Bus: There is a bus service between the other cities of Epirus with many daily routes (Preveza, Arta, Ioannina, Igoumenitsa).
Car: An excellent way of getting around during Parga holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to explore more of the area.
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Things To See
Wetlands: A conservation site boasting plenty of rare birds throughout the season plus its own pelican breading programme as well as water buffaloes and eels.
Necromanteion: The entrance to Hades where the ancient Greeks went to speak to the dead.
Acheron River: Beautiful water that is sourced from the mountains. The spectacular scenery is perfect walking territory and is now protected by the local authorities.
Zolongo: Statue of the women of Souli who sacrificed themselves by jumping off the mountain to escape capture by the troops of Ali Pasha.