Arriving by ferry, your eye will linger at a tiny green islet with a white church, just there at the entrance of Parga port. Just above the little town of Parga, on a hill, sits a Venetian castle with its ruined walls. Facing the Ionian Sea, Parga stretches around a secluded bay – most of all Parga has the ambiance of an island.
Parga – Colourful houses built on hill slopes
Parga is situated in the most beautiful settings! Colourful houses built on a mountain slope with a breath-taking view towards the sea. The sea boasts turquoise blue waters and the exotic beaches have golden sand and natural surroundings.
Parga is without comparison the most popular holiday destination in Epirus with luxurious resorts and great traditional taverns. And if you are the adventurous type, Parga is the perfect base for excursions into the wild mountainous landscape of Epirus. From here you can also explore the nearby Preveza, Lefkada, and Sivota.
Surrounded by green hills and a turquoise blue sea, Parga resides in the most stunning natural setting. Sitting on a hill slope dotted with elegant two-storey mansion it is incredibly beautiful. Parga has been developed for tourism, with many hotels, restaurants, and other facilities. The old Venetian castle on top of the hill was built in the 11th century.
The waterfront in the port of Parga is lined up with traditional taverns. Grap the opportunity to taste the delicious local recipes.
Activities in Parga
In Parga and the region of Preveza you can enjoy many sports, marine and other like diving, water skiing, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, bird watching, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, sailing, kayaking, and yachting.Read more
Excursions from Parga
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 of ‘Hades’.
If you are in the mood for adventures in nature, you should visit the unique landscape at the springs of Acherontas River, or go on a road trip to Preveza, Lefkada or Sivota.
Going on trips a bit further away you can explore Vikos Gorge which is the world’s second deepest ravine after Grand Canyon, or to the adventurous Meteora with its medieval monasteries balancing precariously on rock pinnacles rising up from a plain.
Parga – How to get there?
The town of Parga is linked with direct 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.
Flights to Parga
The airports closest to Parga are located at Aktio (75 km) with seasonal direct flights to/from Athens and Thessaloniki and other domestic destinations. Charter flights are served 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 Ionian Islands.
The history of Parga
In antiquity the area was inhabited the Greek tribe of the Thesprotians. The settlement of Parga itself dates 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.
Where is Parga Greece?
Parga is located on a hillside with a road linking Aghia and GR-55. In Parga 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.Read more
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 the bay and the harbour from the long sandy crescent shaped Valtos Beach. There are excellent views of both bays from the now ruined fortress.
Anthousa, a town situated northwest of Parga, under the Ottoman castle named Trikorfo. The castle which was built in the 19th century by Ali Pasha is worth a visit. It has several tombs and remains of an ancient culture that founded the ancient city of Elaia.
Parga Beach Guide
Near Parga Town lie several stunning beaches. Sarakiniko, Valtos, and Lichnos are the best. You will be amazed by their beauty and crystal-clear waters. The most convenient way to reach the beaches is by boat from Parga port.
• Valtos Beach – Pebbled, family friendly, water sports, located 2 km from Parga
• Town Beach – Sandy, family friendly, harbour, in walking distance from the town centre
• Lichnos Beach – Pebbled family friendly, water sports, located 3 km east of Parga
• Sarakiniko Beach – Pebbled, family friendly, located 12 km west of Parga
• Piso Krioneri Beach – Sandy, family friendly, 1 km from Parga
• Krioneri Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 2 km from Parga
• Agios Sostis Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 4 km west of Parga
• Agios Ioannis Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 10 km east of Parga
Parga weather and climate
The Mediterranean climate in Parga is the reason for the long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Due to the many hours of sunshine every day during the summer season you can spend your days with a wide range of activities, such as hiking, swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. During the summer months, temperatures easily reach 40°C, but the evenings are pleasantly cooler. During the winter months from November to March, temperatures drop and are rather cold both day and night, ranging from 5-20°C. These temperatures are pleasant for exploring the surrounding villages and ancient sites. At this time of year, you will have the place pretty much to yourself, in April during the Easter break many visitors spend their holiday here. The North wind coming from the mountains around Parga brings a lot of rain during autumn and winter