You know those dreamy destinations that have built up a buzz, but kept a tight grip on their old-world charm? Yep Parga is one of them. Flecking Greece’s north-west coast with its quaint towns and Shangri-la beaches, this lesser-known treasure is the latest addition to our Summer 2020 line-up.
From the top ways to fill your days to the best places to lay your head, we’ve left no shell unturned in our quest to unearth Parga’s prime plots. So, are you sitting comfortably? Here goes…
5 top things to do in Parga
Parga isn’t your average beach resort, oh no, it’s something a whole lot better. Rather than all-systems-go activities, such as waterparks and zoos, you’ve got take-it-easy history and all-out authentic charm. This is Greece in all its glory…
1. Wander under the bougainvillea in Parga town
When it comes to the top things to do in Parga, it’s impossible to get more whimsical than walking under the cloak of cascading plants that dangle from the walls and window boxes in the old town. These colourful alleys are a haven for art lovers and souvenir seekers alike, so bob in and out of the galleries and craft shops to admire the wonders for yourself.
2. Hire a boat and sail to Panagia island
This pocket-sized isle floats off the coast of Parga port and boasts a wonderful whitewashed church. Sail through the jade-tinted waters from the mainland to see this charming sugar-cube chapel up close. Oh, and if you happen to be in the area around the 14-15 August, look out for the Kanaria Festival – it’s a cultural delight.
3. Visit Valtos Beach
Around the bay from Parga harbour is dazzling Valtos beach with its shimmering pebbles and sapphire woodland crown. The walk’s steep so driving is advised, but the prize at the end is divine. There are sunbeds to hire if you fancy, plus a couple of restaurants to choose from, too.
4. Take the tourist train to Ali Pasha Castle
Okay so the train is an experience in itself, but wait until you set your eyes on enchanting Ali Pasha Castle, a fabulous fortress standing proud upon a hilltop. It might be more than 200 years old, but what remains today is pretty impressive. And the views? Well they’re out of this world. History fans, make sure this one is added to your itinerary immediately!
5. Check out the Watermill Museum
When they were giving out charm, the Watermill Museum was clearly at the front of the queue! It can be reached via the tourist train from Parga and it’s run by a father/daughter duo. Marvel at the remnants and relics from a time gone by. There are also some fantastic photos from over the decades too. If you’re feeling energised, take the uphill stroll to see the wonderful nearby waterfall.
When it comes to Parga’s top restaurants, they all have one thing in common – scenery, scenery, scenery! Whether you’re snacking in Sivota or polishing off plates of fish in Parga, one thing’s for sure, the setting’s going to be blissful. Here are five of our faves…
1. Taverna Agali, Parga
This highly-rated scoff-spot overlooks stunning Sarakiniko beach, so you can enjoy delicious Greek food with equally impressive views. Top of the menu are freshly grilled sardines, seafood tangled spaghetti and dressing-splashed salads, which you can enjoy while surrounded by terracotta pot plants and fantastic florals.
2. 12 Gods, Sivota
If you’re lucky enough to bag a waterside seat then you’ve struck Sivota gold. This table-clothed taverna is the epitome of Greek charm thanks to the white wicker chairs and blissful boat scenery. When you see the food, it’ll come as no surprise that 12 Gods is the proud owner of a TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence Award.
3. Panorama, Anthousa
Just wow. Perched upon a hilltop, this is a magical place to while away an afternoon tucking into mouth-watering Mediterranean morsels. Expect everything from meaty moussaka to sizzling squid at this fabulous family-run find. True to its name, this restaurant’s panoramic views will fill you with awe.
4. Restaurant Romantica, Parga
Romantic meal for two, anyone? Get ready to fall in love with Restaurant Romantica at first sight. Time your dining with sun set and watch candyfloss pink hues spread across the sky from the comfort of your terrace table. And the food? Expect all the traditional Greek specialities for surprisingly reasonable prices.
5. To Tempelxaneio, Preveza
A swinging taverna sign, newspaper-style menus and some seriously quirky décor… this one-of-a-kind restaurant is brimming with character. To Tempelxaneio serves up everything from seafood to salads and is perfectly positioned within Preveza town’s enchanting old-world alleyways. What’s more, it’s just a short stroll from postcard-perfect promenade.
You could spend years in Parga and still be blown away each day by its beauty. But, if you manage to peel yourself away during your time here, then dreamy day trips await. Where to first? Here are just a few ideas…
Book a boat trip from Parga to Corfu and you’re in for a treat. The journey takes around two hours and you’ll be greeted by pastel perfect towns, amazing ancient landmarks and glistening green scenery.
Around two hours from Parga is the lovely little island of Lefkas which can be reached via a causeway road from mainland Greece. When you arrive, head to Lefkada Town with its charming old harbour and quaint boutiques.
The capital of the Epirus region is sprinkled with magic. Think quaint cobbled alleys, wooden-shuttered windows and amazing museums, with some incredible architecture thrown in for good measure. What’s more, the city of Ioannina lies along the edge of a dazzling lake.
Posted: 3rd Apr 2019.