Parga is a town and municipality located in the northwestern part of the peripheral unit of Preveza in Epirus, northwestern Greece. The seat of the municipality is the village Kanallaki. Parga lies on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa. It is a resort town known for its scenic beauty.
Coordinates: 39°17′N 20°24′E (1) Preveza (2) Zirou (3) Parga
In antiquity the area was inhabited the Greek tribe of the Thesprotians. The settlement of Parga itself dates back to ancient times and used to be called Ypargos. In 1570, a Venetian fortress was established on the rocky headland to the north of the town. Parga, like the rest of the Periphery of Epirus joined Greece following the Balkan Wars.
Parga is located on a hillside with a road linking Aghia and GR-55. A promontory and a rocky hill with various types of pine trees is situated in the west and a small promontory with trees to the east. In Parga’s bay, between the town beach and the harbour, there is an islet on which is a chapel and jetty. The island can be easily visited by swimming the short distance from the town beach. Lake Kalodiki is situated to the east.
Parga is surrounded by mountainous countryside, which is rocky and bushy in the east while it is forested and grassy to the northwest. The islands of Paxoi and parts of southern Corfu can be seen and sometimes Lefkada as well. The Venetian castle separates Parga’s bay and harbour from the long sandy crescent shaped Valtos beach. There are excellent views of both bays from the now ruined fortress.
Anthousa, a town in the municipality of Parga is situated northwest of Parga, under a Turkish castle, named Trikorfo, on a hill. It has several tombs and remains of an ancient culture that founded the ancient city of Elaia. Its main industry are agriculture and oil production.
Activities in Parga
In Parga and the wider region you can enjoy many sports, marine and other, since there are facilities for diving, water skiing, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, bird watching, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, sailing, kayaking, yachting…
From Parga you have the possibility to go on daily excursions like a cruise to 5 of the Ionian islands in a day starting with Lefkada – or you can immerse yourself in the myths of ancient Greece on a day trip to ‘Hades’ (Necromanteion or ‘Oracle of the Dead’). Dating back to the 6th century BC, this ruin of a once underground labyrinth was believed to lead into the underworld, ‘Hades’.
Read more about these excursions and other to Vikos Gorge which is the world’s second deepest ravine after Grand Cayon, or to the adventurous Meteora with its medieval monasteries, each one balanced precariously on rock pinnacles rising up from a plain.
Transportation: The town of Parga is linked with direct suburban buses (KTEL) to other Greek cities and towns such as Igoumenitsa, Preveza and Athens. There are also non-direct connections to Thessaloniki and Ioannina, although during July and August there is a daily direct bus connection to Ioannina. The closest airports to Parga are located at Aktio (75 km) with seasonal direct flights to/from Athens and Thessaloniki and other domestic destinations and is also served by charter flights from abroad, at Ioannina (91 km) with regular flights to and from Athens, and at Corfu (49 km + car-ferry from Igoumenitsa) with direct flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, European destinations and the Ioanian Islands.