The little road that goes from Parga to Valthou bay is framed with olive groves, standing on a very steep slope. Though we were at the end of August, nets used to collect the olives on the ground were there though they are not used before October or November. I guess they are staying there all year round. Nobody is going to steel them!
Water Front Restaurant
The waterfront of Parga is lined with restaurants intermingled with cocktail bars, aimed at us tourists although we never found waiters overly pushy to entice us in, just friendly. Really spoilt for choice but one restaurant which always seemed popular was one called Bacchus. Indeed even early season people would wait on chairs outside sipping a courtesy drink whilst awaiting a vacant table. Needless to say the food was good, big portions, especially for meat lovers where there was a good choice for their grill section as well as traditional Greek dishes. We ate here twice and were given free drinks before and after our meals.
The grills are all given names, for example one we had had Cyclops which was one of their specialities- Pork steak with gryros and fried egg and Parga Plate which consisted of Pork, LAmb and Meatballs, with a large mixed hot plate of Greek starters (prob wouldn't have ordered if we'd known the size of the mains!) and water and wine the meal came to 40 euros.
Another night (the day we had luch at Perivoli) we were only hungry enough for a main course - the clycops again (as it was so good) and a dish called Crete - beef with metaxa sauce.. We had a free desert this time (fresh fruit) and brandies. Bill with wine and water was just 28 euros.
Tourist Train to Ali Pasha Fortress
The fortress is approx 6 kilometres out of town on Mount Parga and was built by Ali Pasha, a Turkish ruler. A tourist train leaving from Piso Krioneri breach goes up to the fortress on a two hour trip, usually with a stop in the village of Anthousa on the way down where you can take refreshments at one of the tavernas. The train has a tour guide to tell you about the local history during the trip - makes for a pleasant short trip. More to see in this fotress than the venetian castle in town and if the weather is clear the views are fantastic - unfortunately it was a bit too hazy for us. Good views of the surrounding countryside but not somewhere I'd like to walk to - roads quite dusty
Parga, a picturesque village and bay.
Parga is a touristy little town of a little more than 2,000 permanent residents. It is 49 km south to Igoumenitsa and 67 km north to Preveza. It is spelled Παργα in Greek.
It is nested on the slopes of Mount Pétzovolios, at the bottom of a well sheltered bay of the Ionian sea, on the north western coast of Greece. It is considered as one of the prettiest villages of Greece and I can agree with that. No wonder that in summer it is crowded!
I have been to Parga half a dozen times, either by road or by sea when sailing to the Ionian islands.