Bottle Brush Plants
May was a lovely time to visit Parga, not too crowded, not too hot although plenty hot enough for my fair skin). The spring flowers added to the colourful spectacle of Parga and indeed these bottle brush plants were in evidence all around town - hadn't seen this flower before but I can understand how it gets its name!
Epirus Trip - Acheron River
Lastly on the trip to see hidden gems of Epirus we had a lazy lunch in the village of Gliki by the river Acheron - the mythological mouth of the underworld - although other Rivers have this claim too!
Pleasnt spot for lunch with tables down by the waterside if wanted. Afterwards we enjoyed wading up the river as it enters a gorge withhigh walled cliffs on either side. The water was icy cold at first but very refreshing - wear swim shoes as its quite stony. There are several paths alongside the river too if you don't want to get your feet wet.
Just enough time for Cake
Literally 2 minutes from our apartment and opposite the main church in Parga was this bar Jonny's Place. The staff always waved and said hello as we passed by on our way down to the harbour and its a shame really we only got to go in on our last night for coffee and cake as a final desert in Parga. We had popped in the day we took a boat trip to buy some pastries and they also included free biscuits to munch on.
They also had a big sign up for big pints of beer for just 2 euro. - that was popular! any cake will do me :-)..but you can see my choice in the pic.
Cake and coffee for 2 was 7 euros - and big portions too!
Parga has the Wow Factor
I have visited Parga three times. The first time we went down to the harbour in the evening - the sun was nearly down and the fort on the top of the harbour was lit up - the venetian style building were lit up on the steep harbour hillside. It was a big WOW.
The harbour in the evening is bustling with corn on the cob stalls - greek honey, picture seller and local crafts laid out for sale.
We loved to go down and sit on one of the harbour bars and people watch. There are a lot of lovelies who holiday in Parga and the fashions are amazing.
There are numerous beaches in Parga - the town beach where you can see the little St Mary's island. You can hir pedaloes here and take a trip accross to the little island for an alternative view of the harbour. This little place is magial with a little church and some rabbits in a pen - I wonder who feeds them?
There is a small pebbly beach just around from the harbur. My favourite beach in Parga is Valtos - walk up through the town - steep with lots of steps - but you can window shop to catch your breath - then down the other side to the massive horseshoe shaped beach. If you're tired you can always catch a taxi boat back.
If you fancy a beach a little further afield - you can catch a taxi boat in the harbour and go to some private little empty beachs or to beaches like Sarakiniko where there are more facilities. Explore!
"Out and about"
There are plenty of trips you can take. Our first visit to Parga we stayed from 2 weeks and hired a car for a couple of days. We visited Ali Pasha castle (you can also go here on the little tourist train in the harbour), the oracle at Dodoni and the main town Ianian. The second holiday in Parga we went on the two day inland trip and visited some highland towns and a ski resort as well as the famous and beautiful Vikos Gorge and the Meteora - well worth it if you can tear yourself away frome Parga for a couple of days.
You can take a boat trip to Paxos and anti Paxos and see the famous blue caves - dolphin spotting is supposed common on these trips but I've yet to be lucky enough to see them.
Charming and fun!
"Bustling little town"
Parga is situated on west coast of mainland Greece opposite Corfu (possible to do day trip).
The town has plenty of small side streets and little tavernas and shops to keep you happy when wandering.
Nice sea/beach front area with lots of bars and restaurants for you to choose from.
Old ruins on top of hill worth a look as is the beach round the bay corner (use water taxi)