My intention was to relax, look at the views and sit by the pool! But … my excitement grew as I approached the very pretty town of Parga, up the mountainous road hugging the coast. The route was filled with colourful flowers, and as we reached the top, my anticipation rose too!
Parga is a quaint Greek harbour town which is arranged up the hillside like an ancient amphitheatre. There are two town beaches, one which gets very busy and another smaller and tucked away. However there are two larger beaches in the vicinity. Valtos Beach is a steep 20 minutes walk away or a quick boat ride from the harbour! It is a long sweeping bay of golden sand washed by sparkling turquoise sea. Equally beautiful and a further distance by boat is Lichnos Beach which is charming and a bit quieter.
The harbour has many busy tavernas, cafes, bars and shops and is brightly lit in the evenings, so its full of atmosphere. The old town is a steep array of cobbled streets with many shops bars and restaurants that boast some of the best sea views.
There are also some beautiful tavernas over looking Valtos beach to one side of Parga and Piso Krioneri beach to the other. I visited the Atrium bar and I enjoyed the fabulous views at night with the moon light twinkling across the sea!
My two favourite spots were the Venetian fort, a steep but short walk from the harbour and the small island just off of the main beach that can be walked to if you are tall or swam to if you are not!
You can reward yourself in the café of the old fort once you have walked there and enjoy a drink under the shade of the trees overlooking the sea between Parga and Valtos beach watching the activity on the water with Paxos and Antipaxos in the distance.
The island has a couple of small white chapels and beautiful clear sea surrounding it, take a picnic (in a waterproof bags!) and spend some time there too.
It was the perfect base I couldn’t resist a day trip to Albania! It was so interesting, I loved Butrint – an area that has seen 3 ancient civilizations and is still being excavated to reveal more treasures and then Suranda – a seaside town that has undergone dramatic changes since the end of communism in the 1990’s.
There are also trips to Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos if you wanted to have a look around the area. Further afield is Zagoria and Vikos Gorge, the river Acheron for an ice cold dip and Meteora where Monastries crown the tops of huge rock pillars.
I was a guest of Sunvil and they have excellent reps in resort to make sure your holiday is stress free. They offer 8 different styles of accommodations in Parga itself, so there is something for everyone. So come and see me and I can tell you all about Parga and how you could really enjoy yourself in this beautiful part of Greece!