Being locals ourselves, we decided to make this guide where we will include all the places, paths, secret spots, activities, and experiences you need to discover. With our guide, we would like to influence the way travelers enjoy our city and show them how to create unforgettable memories in Parga.
The Venetian Castle of Parga
It is located on top of the hill overlooking the town and was built by the Normans for the first time at the end of the 14th century. To reach the castle, follow the alleys through the old city and climb the wide steps up to the top. The way up is full of shops where you can find plenty of souvenirs and gifts. As soon as you reach the top, the views are magnificent and it’s worthing the significant bit of cardio to get there. Keep in mind that the entrance is free for the public.
TIP! Plan your visit to enjoy the sunset view from the backside overlooking Valtos beach.
Agia Eleni Church
It takes about 40 minutes hiking to reach the cliff’s top and find the church but what you are getting back is an incredible overview of the town and the surroundings. The path starts just next to the Piso Krioneri beach entrance and goes through the stunning olive groves. The road is quite simple, and the scenery is impressive. As soon as you reach the top and take a few photos (or more), you can go back to Parga or continue the path down to Lichnos beach.
TIP! Start early in the morning and bring water with you. Prefer more suitable footwear than flip flops 😉
The largest beach near Parga that you can easily reach either by water taxi boat (ticket fee) or by foot. As you strolling through and past the castle, there is a path to walk down to Valtos beach. The waters are crystal clear and deep, the sand is golden, and the surrounding is full of greenery. The shore is quite organized with sunbeds, while there is free space on both ends for those who would like to bring their equipment. There are also cafes, tavernas scattered around the shore. Valtos is a great place to swim, sunbathe and have a relaxing day by the sea and at the same time the place to try many different water sports and parasailing.
Swim to the Saint Mary’s Island
This picturesque island is located in the middle of Pargas’s harbor and is waiting for you to explore it. You can quickly go there by swimming from the right edge of Krioneri beach and reach the shore with the small church across. On this side of the island, you can walk around, enjoy the views of Krioneri beach, and find a spring of natural water to thirst. In the center, you will find the Greek Orthodox Church of Dormition of Virgin Mary, while at the highest point of the island, there is a beautiful French castle, built by the French occupiers in 1808.
TIP! Bring a dry bag for your essentials or your camera. Rubber shoes or flip-flops will make walking around more accessible, but you can also go barefoot.
Paragaea - old olive oil factory
Plan your visit to Paragaea, where we guide you through the entire place, explaining how every step of the olive oil production was made in this olive oil factory while also talking about every machine you see around. You will watch the modern way of olive oil production & the entire journey from the olive groves until your bottle in a short movie we have produced. During your visit, you will be joining us in the olive oil tasting. Together we will taste the entire product line of Paragaea that includes: extra virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, olive oil-based dressings, and olive paste. Our experienced and well-trained staff will help you to reveal all the secrets of olive oil, you will learn how to cook with it, how to taste it and some tips to keep in mind for the moment that you find yourself confused in front of a shelf full of bottles of olive oil.
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