Parga is a resort town of great scenic beauty in Preveza, north-western Greece. It lies on the Ionian coast, not far from Igoumenitsa, the gateway to the Ionian islands, Bari in Italy and the Peloponnese. Parga can be reached from the Aktion/Preveza airport, usually by charter flights from abroad as well as direct flights from Athens or Thessaloniki in Greece.
There are great views of Parga’s bay and harbour and the surrounding verdant mountainous countryside from the Venetian fortress ruins at the top of the town. The islands of Corfu, Paxos and Lefkada can also be seen from there.
Valtos beach is family-friendly with a good choice of tavernas, while the beaches of Krioneri and Piso Krioneri, Lychnos, Sarakiniko and St. Giannakis are also worth exploring. Hiking in the nearby mountains is not very well developed but can be a refreshing experience – just grab a map, plenty of drink and wear robust shoes.
There’s a chapel on an islet in Parga’s bay, easily accessible via a short swim. There is a picturesque lake (Kalodiki) to the east of Parga town, which is full of floating lotus plants and an important bird life area.
Day trips from Parga can be to the classic Byzantine town of Ioannina, Preveza, Igoumenitsa, as well as Corfu (by ferry from Igoumenitsa). Although there are buses from Parga, the journeys can be long and tortuous and car hire is recommended.
The river Acheron, which flows into the Ionian sea between Parga and Corfu, is very picturesque and worth a visit, as are the nearby ancient Greek temple ruins of the Necraomanteion devoted to Hades and Persephone.
Posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 12:00
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.