Parga

Village in Epirus
Also called:
  • Toryne BC
Why visit Parga?
  • With a distinctive amphitheatrical architecture that resembles an island.
  • Coast with dense vegetation and beaches with turquoise waters.
  • Picturesque popular resort with an exclusive atmosphere.

Attractions, beaches & Things to Do in or near Parga

Starting Point: Promenade & Port of Parga

Promenade & Port of Parga

Picturesque port of an amphitheatrically built settlement and a seafront promenade with unique views, many restaurants, cafés, and bars.

A picture of the cruise ship just some meters from the coastline cliff and the Blue Cave of Paxos.
photo: Johan Wieland

Cruise to Paxos Antipaxos from Parga

An unforgettable daily trip to the nearby islands and the world-famous Blue Caves of Paxos.

Pargina (Kanaria) Festival in Parga

Spectacular festival with religious and historical background, that is organized by the municipality on the 14th and the 15th of August.

A part of the old mechanical equipment of the Paragaea - Old Olive Oil Factory of Parga.
photo: paragaea

Paragaea - Old Olive Oil Factory

Learning about the olive oil production process and joining a series of tasting, cooking and other gastronomic activities.

Islet of Parga «Virgin Mary»

« Panagia »

It stands for its dense vegetation, the small chapels, and the fortress on its highest point.

Krioneri Beach, Parga

Small & sandy with small pebbles beach just next to the settlement promenade that has access to the beach bars and the nearby restaurants.

Venetian Castle of Parga

On the top of a rocky peninsula with an amazing view of the surroundings, stands the strong fortification of Parga with the long history.

Piso Krioneri Beach, Parga

At the edge of Parga settlement and at a small distance from the busy central beach is located a more secluded but organized pebble beach.

Valtos Beach, Parga

A large & organized sandy beach that is approximately 3 km long and is located at a short distance from Parga behind the Venetian castle.

Remains of the Vlacherna Monastery

Abandoned 12th-century Byzantine monastery, famous for its 15-meter tall belfry with nine bells.

Holy Church of Agia Eleni, Parga

Located on a hill next to Parga it can be reached via a dirt mountainous road, but it offers a breathtaking view of the city and not only.

Ali Pasha Castle, Anthousa

Ottoman fortification erected in 1814 by Ali Pasha who was aiming to get control of the rebellious and disobedient city of Parga.

Kalodiki Swamp

Next to Kalodiki settlement and a 100 meters away from Morfi village is a wetland with rich flora and fauna as well as a bird-watching area.

Necromanteion Acheron, Mesopotamos

As revealed by the literal meaning of its name, it's the Oracle of the Dead in the ancient Greek world.

Syvota

Major resort of Epirus, also known as the "Caribbean of Greece" due to its green coastline and the amazing beaches with crystal-clear waters.

Acheron River & Springs, Glyki

« Aherontas »

According to Greek Mythology, the river of sorrow and the last path of the souls to the Underworld.

Plataria, Thesprotia

Picturesque coastline village in a gulf of the Ionian sea, well-known as a safe natural port that welcomes numerous tourist boats.

Paramythia, Thesprotia

Small town with approximately 2500 inhabitants and rich history, which used to be the commercial and cultural center of the broader region.

Igoumenitsa

Ranked in second place in traffic among Greek ports, the city has evolved into a commercial and transit hub between Greece and Europe.

The monument of Zalongo on the top of the cliff where the women of Souli committed a suicide.
photo: Andreas Papageorgiou / Pappasandreas

Monument of Zalongo

Referring to the legendary "Dance of Zalongo" and the sacrifice of the women of Souli who chose to die free instead of living in captivity.

Questions & Answers About Parga

What is Parga. Greece?

Small town with a big history, Parga is distinguished by its rare beauty, the numerous clean beaches, and the picturesque alleys with traditional houses, which give every visitor the feeling that it is an island. Today, Parga is built on the eastern side of a small peninsula overlooking the Paxos, Antipaxos, Kefalonia, and the cape of Actium. It is a beautifully preserved village that attracts thousands of visitors every year and it is accessible via the Egnatia highway.

When Parga was founded?

Parga was known in antiquity as Paragiros, Paragea, and Ypargos. Those are the names from which its current name derives from. Ptolemy and Plutarch refer to the settlement as Toryni. According to researchers, Parga exists as a settlement since the Byzantine period. The first reference to the city with its current name was in 1318, while in 1387 by Ioannis Kantakouzenos as one of the major towns of Epirus.