Get ready to uncover a town in Greece with a traditional charm and a coastal location – a holiday in Parga will be one to remember. Based in north-western Greece, the town consists of timeworn buildings, castles, and modern hotels clustered around a bay so picturesque that you won't be able to resist reaching for the camera to capture its beauty.
Parga holidays will give you a chance to embark on ferry trips to nearby islands, join guided tours of the town, and bathe on some of Greece's best beaches. The Ionian Sea laps up onto the tranquil bay in Parga, where the remnants of a hilltop Venetian castle wall dominate the charming landscape. Many excursions can be arranged from this popular island getaway and the average high temperature is 25°C throughout August, making it a desirable place for a sun-drenched break.
For every person living in Greece there are 60 olive trees, proving just how much olive oil is produced around the country! Learn more about this staple ingredient and its importance in Greek culture by visiting the Paragaea Old Olive Oil Factory, ahead of watching the sunset atop the Venetian Castle of Parga.
This ancient castle overlooks the town, where the major points of interest include the River Acheron and the traditional village of Sivota. Add a trip to the Ottoman Castle to your itinerary when on holiday in Parga. Concealed within the timeworn walls of Anthousa Village, the castle was originally built to protect the residents from Ottoman attacks.
The food of Greece is based mainly on mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine. Treat your taste buds to a concoction of flavours at the many authentic eateries scattered around Parga.
Cosy, inviting and suitable for kids, Hellenikon Traditional Taverna is a dining spot that presents hungry customers with an assortment of delectable dishes, like Moussaka (lamb and eggplant casserole) and Arni Souvlakia (skewered lamb). Alternatively, experience friendly service at Taverna Stefanos or Bacchos Restaurant, which is perfect for group gastronomic gatherings.
You’ll also find a handful of ocean-facing eateries sprinkled along Parga's coastline. Wine has been produced in Greece for over 6,500 years, so be sure to treat yourself to a glass of Moschofilero, Savatiano, or Assyrtiko during your stay.
The entire family can embark on a sightseeing tour when on holiday in Parga. With four villages surrounding the town, it would be a shame not to wander around them with the relatives. Positioned 5 kilometres northwest of Parga is Anthousa. This village is well-known for its Byzantine castle.
Marvel at the impressive ancient architecture, before journeying to the small village of Lichnos. Tourist facilities are abundant in this area, where the kids can frolic at a small beach. A change of scenery awaits at Agia Kiriaki. Families can visit the local fisherman port, splurge at souvenir shops, or watch the world go by from a beachfront tavern.
Action & Adventure
For less than 30 Euros, you can depart from Parga Pier to the islands Antipaxos and Paxos on board a charter boat. At Paxos, you will have the chance to explore a fascinating cave system, before wading in the crystal-clear waters at Antipaxos. Another nearby islet that will satisfy your adventurous side is Nisaki Tis Panagias, which you can swim to from Kryoneri Beach.
When the water is calm, enjoy a stand-up paddle boarding experience or if the waves are looking good, consider practicing your surfing skills at a surf school. Ziplining amidst the trees around Acheron River, or joining a rafting tour are two alternative ways to get an adrenaline rush.
Booking a holiday to Parga means that you’ll have the convenience of being positioned just footsteps from the beach. Which beach you can access on foot depends on where exactly you stay, but the main beaches are Valtos, Lichnos, and Sarakiniko. Enjoy the tourist facilities on these sandy shores, or stroll from the town centre to Town Beach.
Another nearby beach that is concealed behind a large hill is Piso Krioneri. You can find this bay just 1-kilometre from Parga or take the 4-kilometre trip to Agios Sostis for snorkelling. Are you in search of isolation? If so, the 10-kilometre trip to Agios Ioannis will be more than worthwhile.
By day, a lot of the taverns and beachfront bars in Parga fill with couples and families who want to eat and drink in casual surroundings. By night, these establishments transform into social hot spots, giving Parga a unique nightlife scene. Sip on a refreshing cocktail at Del Mar or Prestige - two bars with a cosmopolitan vibe.
Make sure you arrange a night out at the Blue Bar during your holiday in Parga, since it boasts a portside location and has been in operation since 1987. Alternatively, take the party to the beach. Some of the bars on Lichnos and Valtos beach remain open after the sun sets.
Discover a traditional way of life in this northern part of Greece by riding horseback along the Acheron River in the direction of Zotiko. The river's source can be found in this basic, but beautiful village. Couples can often be seen relaxing on the beach or hiking through sensational forests. If you are into history, inspect the Venetian architecture with your partner at an 11th-century castle that was initially built to protect Parga from invasions.
You’ll be fully exposed to the pillars of the country's culture when on holiday in Parga. The Paleolithic era is where the Greek culture originated from, with the Minoan, Mycenaean, and Cycladic settlers also shaping the country's values and traditions. Proud of their past, the people of Greece take pride in their cultural heritage, which is represented in their food, music, art, and literature.
One of the most crucial elements of the culture is the Greek Orthodox Church, due to the fact the vast majority of Greece's population are committed to the Christian faith. Family is exceptionally important to the local people of Parga, which comes alive on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. These are just two examples of the many special occasions celebrated by residents of remote villages, busy cities and coastal towns, so why not book your holiday to Parga for a true taste of traditional Greek life?