Parga

Village in Epirus

Parga is on the Greek mainland but with its promenades, the Venetian castle, and plenty of charming beaches, it could also be an island.

Attractions & Things to Do in Parga

Promenade of Parga

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

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

Cruise to Paxos & Antipaxos

Relatively unspoiled nature and exceptional beaches, your day trip for dives in Paxos and Antipaxos will be unforgettable.

↘ SE
< 1km

Port of Parga

Picturesque port that offers tourist day-trips to Paxos & Antipaxos during the summer season.

↓ S
< 1km

Pargina (Kanaria) Festival

When the English sold the town to the Ottomans, its citizens abandoned it. This traditional music festival commemorates their return.

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.

↖ NW
< 1km

Islet Virgin Mary «Panagia»

A fifteen minutes swim from Parga's port or five minutes with sea cycle, it's a nice place to visit. It has a small chapel and nice vistas on top of the rocks.

↓ S
< 1km

Krioneri Beach

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

→ E
< 1km

Venetian Castle of Parga

On top of a rocky peninsula with an amazing view over sea and town stands the Venetian Castle of Parga, not as strong as in the past.

← W
< 1km

Piso Krioneri Beach

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.

→ E
< 1km

Valtos Beach

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

← W
≈ 1.1km

Ruins of the Vlacherna Monastery

This 12th-century Byzantine monastery with a15-meter tall bell tower is now abandoned and taken over by nature. Great for photography.

↙ SW
≈ 1.8km

Holy Church of Agia Eleni

Located on a hill close to Parga, you can get here via a dirt road in the mountain. The view over the town is breathtaking.

→ E
≈ 1.9km

Ali Pasha Castle, Anthousa

The Ottoman governor Ali Pasha built this fortification in 1814 to tighten his grip on rebellious Parga. Fantastic views and photo opportunities.

↖ NW
≈ 4.6km

Watching Area of Kalodiki Swamp

The Kalodiki wetland is rich with flora and wildlife - many bird species, and coypus, cute little rodents that feed and play in the water.

↗ NE
≈ 8km

Necromanteion Acheron, Mesopotamos

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

↘ SE
≈ 17.7km

Syvota

This small colorful town is the «Caribbean of Greece» due to its pristine beaches with turquoise waters, glowing sunsets, and relaxed atmosphere.

↖ NW
≈ 27.4km

Acheron River & Springs, Glyki

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

→ E
≈ 27.8km

Plataria, Thesprotia

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

↖ NW
≈ 30km

Paramythia, Thesprotia

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

↗ NE
≈ 31.3km

Igoumenitsa

Once here, you will find yourself having many day trip opportunities to nearby historical sites, natural beauty spots, and boat tours to islands.

↖ NW
≈ 36.7km
The monument of Zalongo on the top of the cliff where the women of Souli committed suicide.
photo: Andreas Papageorgiou / Pappasandreas

Monument «Dance of Zalongo»

When the Ottomans were approaching to recapture their town, the women of Souli danced their way to the cliff to die free. It's many stairs till the monument.

↘ SE
≈ 40.1km

Corfu

A green yet busy island with tons of historical sites and a magnificent Venetian town, Corfu has it all. Beach life, scenic drives, and history.

↖ NW
≈ 41.9km

Questions & Answers about Parga

Why Visit Parga?
  • A distinctive amphitheatrical architecture that resembles an island.
  • Coast with dense vegetation and beaches with turquoise waters.
  • Picturesque popular resort with an exclusive atmosphere.
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.

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