Parga Holidays

Parga Holidays

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Parga is perfect for a characterful beach holiday. A pretty waterfront, great food and a relaxed feel are the order of the day here. Situated on the western shore of mainland Greece, this seaside town offers a taste of Ionian Island living without the need to set foot on a boat. Whether you want to wander through the Old Town or dive into the blue waters, this area of the Grecian coast would make a beautiful backdrop for your holiday in Greece.

Beaches
Parga’s beaches open up to the sparkling Ionian Sea, and offer the perfect blend of stunning views and convenient facilities. The town’s most popular beach is Kryoneri, which is just along the shore from an attractive harbour. It also has a sister beach called Piso Kryoneri - a smaller sandy cove with a restaurant and a bar. Travelling west of Parga will take you to Valtos Beach, a long stretch of sand with watersports and sunbathing spots aplenty.

Food & Drink
The place to go for the best restaurants and bars is Parga’s waterfront. Here you will find traditional tavernas serving moreish meze and fresh choriatiki, or Greek salad. Sample some kolokithokeftedes (top marks if you pronounce it correctly) for a delicious veggie starter, or try a tasty gyro if you’re feeling carnivorous. Check out Taverna Arkoudas for seafood with a sea view, or Motley Coffeesweet for Greek coffee and tempting treats.

Culture
If you think of Greek culture, you probably think of gods, goddesses, myths and legends. Although the traditions of ancient Greece are important to the country’s identity, modern Grecian culture is about food, music and hospitality. No matter how long you stay in Parga, you’re bound to experience ‘kerasma’, which translates as ‘treating’ - a uniquely Greek way of showing appreciation by small acts of kindness.

Nightlife
As the sun sets, Parga’s low-key bars are the perfect place to chill out with a cocktail or a pint. Most of the town’s drinking venues are situated along the harbourside promenade, which means you can sip your chosen tipple with unparalleled ocean views. Seek out the Amicos Cocktail Bar at Pargas Distillery for signature drinks and relaxed vibes.

Important Information
Flight Time: 3.5hrs
Time Difference: +2hrs
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Greek

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Visa
British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Parga. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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Parga Weather

Hot summers and mild winters make Parga a characteristically Mediterranean holiday destination. The best of the sunshine is seen in June, July and August, when temperatures average in the mid-to-high 20s(°C). Sea temperatures in the Ionian Sea are a comfortable average of 23°C in peak season.
Jan 12ºC
Feb 12ºC
Mar 14ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 23ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 16ºC
Dec 12ºC

Things To Do on Parga Holidays


Kryoneri Beach is Parga’s most popular sunbathing spot. Half sandy and half pebbly, this beach is fringed with bars and restaurants. You can paddle in the shallow bay, or swim further out to the tiny Panagia Island to discover a small, pretty chapel. If getting wet isn’t your style, you can also hire a pedalo to take you around the bay or onto the islet.

Parga Tour Train
For something off the beaten track, hop on the Parga Tour Train – a miniature locomotive that’s perfect for sightseeing. There are two routes available, one will take you to Ali Pasha Castle, and the other to a picturesque waterfall. Although this is an especially exciting activity for children, train-lovers and view-hunters of all ages are welcomed aboard.

Aphrodite’s Cave
Book a boat trip from Parga and sail into the myths and legends of Ancient Greece at Aphrodite’s Cave. The goddess of love and beauty is a namesake for this stunning natural cavern. Depending on your chosen boat tour, you may also visit the shores of Paxos and Antipaxos for some snorkelling and swimming – be sure to keep an eye out for pods of inquisitive dolphins.

Venetian Castle of Parga
For the best views in town, head uphill to the Venetian Castle of Parga. This historic building was originally built in the 11th century to protect the town from pirates, and since then has been rebuilt four times. You can walk up to the site, which also features a café and gift shop. Alternatively, get a ticket to ride the Parga Tour Train right the way to the top.