Parga, Greece, July 2013
One week tour to Parga with my wife, daughter and friends. To get there we flew in to Preveza airport, about an hour away by bus. Nice small town resembling town on Greek islands. Nice beaches, old castle on a cliff, relaxed environment.
We had a very nice day tour to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, and a boat trip along the coast and up a small river from Ammoudia.
The other days we either spent at the Valtos beach, on the other side of the castle, or on the local beach in Parga. The evenings we spent at small restaurants in the Harbor.
Lazy days with good company.
2013-07 – Arrival: bus from Preveza to Parga + first evening
We flew into Praveza, an airport about an hours drive south of Parga.
I had carefully selected a hotel by description and location, and Bacoli turned out to be a nice modest oasis not far uphill from the main stret and the harbour.
The garden had different fruit trees, providing shade in the afternoon – perfect for an Ouzo after a day on the beach.e
2013-07 – The Parga Fort
The second day I walked up to the fort to explore the castle remains and the fortifications. It was a hot walk, but I was rewarded with a magnificent view of the town, and the Valtos beach and its bay on the other side.
I stopped for a coffee in a small restaurant overlooking the harbour. A quiet place except for the crickets and faint Greek music from the bar.
2013-07 – Valtos Beach – on the other side of the fort
To get to Valtos Beach from the town we had to climb a lot of steps between tourist shops. The same street that leads to the fort. Instead of turning left at the ridge to the castle, we met a new set of steps going down on the other side towards the tempting clear water.
On the beach we hired sun-beds, and in the nearby Tango Club we had our lunch. A nice place with a pool and lots of music.
2013-07 – Evening in Parga
Not much to do in the evenings except looking in shops and dining in one of the several restaurants. I prefer family ordinary restaurants to the more fashionable. There you get good personal service.
It is nice with a stroll along the beach promenade after dinner, and perhaps have a coffee and drinks in one of the many bars.
2013-07 – Boat trip to Antipaxos and Paxos
We crossed to a beautiful bay in Antipaxos where we stopped for swimming. Then we continued to a large cave on the west side of Paxos. Here we all jumped into the water and swam through the cave.
Thereafter we continued back and around to the town of Gaios on the east side. Here we went ashore and had lunch at a taverna. After walking around the harbor area we returned to the boat for a cruise back to Parga.
2013-07 – Boat trip up the Acheron river from Ammoudia
We also booked a trip by a smaller boat to explore a river. The boat took us along the shore to the river estuary near the beach village of Ammoudia.
Sailing slowly up the river was nice, and we felt like explorers. on the way back we stopped for half an hour in Ammoudia, where there is not much to do except look in one of the very few shops, or have something to eat or drink in a local taverna.
The tour included a stop at Lichnos Beach to swim and lay in the sun, but we were surprised by a rain shower. Perfect time to have lunch at the beach restaurant.