Are you planning your summer 2017 vacations in Parga and you are wondering about things you can do?
Below you can find all the important information you need to know before you visit Parga, about the place, the surroundings, the beaches and sightseeings.
Parga is a small town northwest in Greece, which belongs at the Prefecture of Preveza , in Epirus. This small colourful town is one of the most beautiful touristic resorts in Greece and well-known for its natural beauty and special architecture.
The municipality of Parga consists of the main town and the beautiful villages of Agia(7 km away), Anthoussa(3 km away), Agia Kyriaki(5 km away) and Livadari(8 km away).
The population of Parga is about 4000 residents, including the surrounding villages. Most of them work in jobs associated with tourism and the olive cultivation.
The main town of Parga is a historical and cultural center in Epirus and constitutes a famous destination for many people worldwide. The architecture of Parga is clearly a mixture of many cultures, as a lot of sovereigns passed from this town. Venetians, Turks, French, British, Albanians are some of the most important races that influenced the history of Parga. Therefore, beautiful houses with architecture similar to Corfu, small paths made of stone, big olive trees and three big castles-one Venetian, one Turkish and one French- create the perfect landscape. The Venetian castle is nicely illuminated at nights and has a great breath-taking view.
In summer, Parga can offer a great nightlife with fantastic bars and excellent touristic provisions for your stay.
The most famous beach in Parga has about 3 km length. Crystal clear water, beach bars, water sports and excellent hotels. Here you can find the small churches of Agios Spyridonas, Panagia Vlacherna and Panagia Faneromeni. A beautiful natural path can lead you to Anthoussa village and its traditional watermills.
Just in the entrance of Parga , Lichnos beach is the best destination for those who want to combine the natural silence with the glamorous bars and hotels. Light blue water, great sand and the cave of goodness Aphrodite is waiting for you.
Ai Giannakis beach
In Agia Kyriaki village, Ai Giannakis is a quite beach with blue-green waters, a lot of olive trees and hidden beaches around
The central beach of Parga with most wonderful view- The Castle and the island of Panagia. The right place to enjoy your swimming just in the centre of Parga
Piso Krioneri: A hidden small beach in Parga that can offer clear water, relaxation and good restaurants around.
West side in Agia village , in a full green location of olive trees and a small river, Sarakiniko is a well-known beach in Parga-12 km away from the centre- which has developed its own touristic provision the last years. This beach is really fascinating and is connected with the port of Parga with small boat trips.
Agios Sostis beach
Northwest side in Anthoussa village, you can find one of the most special churches in Greece. This small church was built at 14 century just between of two huge rocks. Just below exists an exotic small beach with turquoise water. Virgin nature!
Agia is a beautiful traditional village northern of Parga just 7 km away. This village with old architecture retains its culture and disseminate the traditions of dance, music and food. Here you can see old ladies in traditional costumes just in the centre of village speaking their local dialect. The greatest sights are the three old churches in the village especially the church of Agia Paraskevi with its big festivity every summer.
Anthoussa is the nearest village in Parga just 3 km away. The village was built under the Ali Pasha castle in a beautiful and full green area. A small river crosses the village and ends at Valtos beach. Here you can see the big Ali Pasha castle with its fantastic view, the impressive waterfall in the centre of the village, old churches, paths and the traditional watermills.
Agia Kyriaki is a really small village not so far from the sea with a lot of rental rooms and beautiful view. At the top of the village you can see ruins of a huge old castle, the stone school and the church of Agia Kyriaki celebrated every July with traditional festival.
The castle of Parga:
The castle of Parga is found on the top of a hill overlooking the town and was used to protect the town, from the mainland and the sea. It was initially built in the 11th century, by the residents of Parga to protect their town from the pirates and the Turks but it was partly destroyed by such invasions. In the 13th century, the Venetians rebuilt the castle to fortify the area. In 1452, Parga was occupied by the Turks and destroyed part of the Castle. Then, in the 16th century, it was rebuilt for the fourth time by the Venetians, who made it a strong fortress. They built eight towers outside the Castle and two cisterns to supply the Castle with water in times of war. When, the Castle, as the whole town, was sold to the Turks in 1814, it was fortified even more and obtained a new building called hamam at its top, when the harem of the Sultan would live. Today, the Castle of Parga is a great exponent of the Venetian architecture, as such architectures dominate. It has some interesting details, such as the Lion of Venice in the entrance, emblems of Ali Pasha, two-headed eagles, some inscriptions and a secret path to the sea. The location of this castle obviously provides magnificent views over Parga and the shoreline. It is also a peaceful area to go for a walk, surrounded by cypress trees and crossed by stone trails. The most common way to go is a steeped street coming out from the centre of the town.
The castle of Anthoussa
The impressive Castle of Anthoussa is located on top of a hill between Parga and Agia. This castle is preserved in good situation till today and dominates the entire region. It was constructed by Ali Pasha, the Turkish governor of Ioannina, to overlook the area, the sea and most of all the town of Parga. It served as a base of operations against the residents of Parga, who were resisting against the Ottoman attacks. The walls of the castle remain strong till today. On the northern side, there are two ramparts that protected the entrance. Inside the walls, there is an arched streets and two guns that Ali Pasha bought from the Russians. In summer, the castle is used for cultural events and it is rather impressive with the night lights. A lovely hiking path starts from the Castle of Anthoussa till the beach of Valtos, passing through lush greenery, running water and old watermills. The view to the green region and the sea from the top of the castle is superb.
The island of Panagia
The most beautiful sight in Parga is clearly the island. Wonderful lights at night, two small churches and the ruins of the French castle that Napoleon built. The view from the island is fantastic as you can see the whole town of Parga till to Paxos Island.
Agia Eleni church
At the top of a big hill, Agia Eleni church offers an beautiful path till you arrive and the most impressive view you have ever seen.