Parga Off The Beaten Path

  • The view from the castle
    The view from the castle
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  • THE CHURCH OF KOIMESIS
    THE CHURCH OF KOIMESIS
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  • CHURCH LAYOUT SHOWING FALLEN PILLARS  VERY UNKEPT
    CHURCH LAYOUT SHOWING FALLEN PILLARS ...
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    a small piece greek history not often seen

    by gwendar Updated Oct 13, 2012

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    THE CHURCH OF KOIMESIS
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    This is some pictures of a small ruined greek church,on the mountain roads i came across when traveling to the theatre of DODONA,from Parga.
    The pictures show what is now very common place in quite a lot of greeksites it is overgrown and not looked after,which is such a shame.
    The church dates i believe from the 9th,c

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    Olive groves

    by JLBG Updated Dec 29, 2008

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    Olive groves

    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!

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    Neolithic grave

    by JLBG Updated Dec 5, 2008

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    Neolithic grave

    This kind of grave that looks like a well is named either “well grave” or "oven grave”. They are found all around the Mediterranean and are attributed to the Peslages Sicanes and Iberians. They are very old, 3250 to 4200 BC, which is the end of the Neolithic period !

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    Drive inland to Ioannina

    by cps1954 Updated Jun 19, 2008

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    Ioannina is the capitol of the Epirus region. It is a medium sized city with one of the largest universities in Greece.
    Due to the large number of students, you can be sure that the city is alive and vibrant. Not noisy and rowdy though, just a lively friendly atmosphere.
    Some of the buildings in the city still show the Turkish influence within Ioannina.
    This region was part of the Ottoman empire until the early part of last century. Ali Pasha, the terribly cruel ruler, resided in Ioannina, and his castle is now one of the city museums.
    A short boat trip to the island (Nisi) in the lake takes you to another Ali Pasha museum which although very small, is certainly worth the couple of Euro's entrance fee. Lunch or dinner on the island is excellent and affordable at one of the many taverna's at the harbour.
    From Parga, make sure to take the road through Karvounari/Paramithia/Dodoni and your trip to Ioannina will be lovely, with some beautiful scenery.
    At Dodoni you will find the ancient Oracle of the Dead, in ancient times second only to the famous one in Delphi, and a large amphitheatre.
    All in all, a worthwhile trip which can be completed in one day, but you'll need to leave early, and count on a rather late return. Another option would be to stay overnight in Ioannina. I can personally recommend it.

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    Silt up bay

    by JLBG Written Jun 4, 2008

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    Silt up bay
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    I found that this bay, not far from Parga was worth a photo (sorry, I have not written down the name of that place). If you enlarge it, you ill see clearly that the bay has been progressively silted up. The figure of the following shores can be clearly seen. That would fit very well for a geography class.

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    Epirus Trip - Acheron River

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    Acheron Gorge
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    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.

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    Kassiopi

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    Kassiopi site

    From our vantage point on Zalongo we could see across the hillside to a grassy plateau to the archaeological site of the ancient city of Kassiopi. The Kassiopians were a tribe who lived in this region during 4th century B.C. This trip to Epirus did not include a visit here but with a car could be visited on another day.

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    Epirus Trip - Zalongo Monument

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    Zalongo Monumnet
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    At Zalongo on a rocky crop ascended by many steps is a crumbling 1960's monument in memory of the 62 women and children who took their own lives, by throwing themselves off the cliff face, rather than be captured and suffer torture at the hands of attacking Albanian - Turkish troops in 1806. Truthfully the monument looks better from a distance - it looks as if faces are carved onto the statues but it is just erosion. It takes a fair few mins to walk up - allow at least an hour for the return trip - take some water and wear a hat as even in May it was hot and there is little shade. The views from the top were worthwhile though. The monastery at the bottom was not open so if you don't climb there is not a lot to do while waiting for the rest of the group to return.

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    Epirus Trip - Oracle of the Dead

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    Nekromanteio
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    Nekromanteio or Nekyomanteio - known as the "Oracle of the Dead" a little known archaeological site. According to Greek mythology this was the entrance to the underworld. Not a huge site but the stories behind it were interesting and you can still descend into the vaults (see pic 4) where in the 4th century B.C. people went to visit the oracle for advice from the dead. Watch out here as its pitch black and the floor is very uneven. It seems the sensations of the visiting pilgrims may have been heightened by drugs as they have to navigate the labyrinth to reach this underworld. On top of the square building is a small church that can be visited too. (pic 5)

    The ruins on the ground outline an elaborate complex that included the living quarters of the priests and the guests, storage facilities, rooms for ritual activities, and the main sanctuary where the meeting of the living with the dead took place. For the duration of their visit their diet and actions were strictly controlled by the priests - diet consisted of foods which along with isolation and meditation induced a state of hallucination for the person who was about to encounter the dead. Once the purification of the soul and body was complete, the pilgrim in a state of altered reality offered sacrifice to the gods, and walked down a long corridor and through the three doors of the dark labyrinth that leads to the central room where the spirits of the dead spoke to the living. Researchers reckon it was all a bit of a scam as the priest got to know about the visitors lives during their stay and the encounter with the dead souls was nothing else than an encounter with the image of the dead (probably a priest) that was suspended from the ceiling with the aid of an elaborate machine.

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    Epirus Trip Overview

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    delta of the River Acheron
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    Epirus is the coastal region north-western Greece and southern Albania. From Parga we made a day trip (organised excursion) of some of the interesting sites locally. Not normally a big fan of organised trips but this was a good one as the areas visited were all fairly local and not a lot of time was spent on the bus but actually exploring or walking in the area so I can really recommend this trip and will make a few tips on each place visited.

    Basically the tour went to the Oracle of the Dead archaeological site (almost an hour hour with good explanation from guide), afterwards it was coffee and cake time at a local village (with a huge tree in the village square) not far from the Zalongo Monoment. Over an hour was then spent at the Zalongo Monument - you need the time to climb all the steps up the rock face to reach this otherwise you spend time at the monastery below. Next up was a lazy lunch stop by the River Acheron from whence it was a short hop to actually walk up the Acheron river gorge. In-between all this was lovely countryside and mountains of Epirus - the pics will show some of the views. Watch out for storks nesting on the church chimneys too!

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    Hill of St Eleni Hike

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    To the side of Piso Krioneri (small beach) you will see a hill with a tiny white chapel on the top.
    There is a track that ascends up this hill - go pass the beach road and soon (past a co-op supermarket) on the right at the side of a taverna is the start of the way to this track. We discovered it mid morning and by then it was really too hot to climb all the way - its further than it looks, has exposed sections so no shade and takes about 3 hours, longer if you want to connect with the path to Lichnos and back through the olive grove to Parga for a round trip. We got part way up and were happy with the wonderful views that we had over the bay - well worthwhile just for this - see pic 3 and 4 please.

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    Walk to Lichnos Bay

    by sandysmith Updated May 30, 2007

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    church in the Olive Grove
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    There are a couple of opportunities for some local walks in Parga too. Just beyond the Piso Krioneri Beach Road pass several apartments and a posh hotel complex (several good tavernas in this area too) a track leading into the olive groves is reached. Its a bit of a pull up at first but its a pleasant shaded walk and comes out at the top of the road which leads down to Lichnos beach. A little church amongst the olive groves is passed too. The road at lichnos serpentines down to the beach so we didn't actually go all the way down bu there is a nice restaurant at the top with wonderful views over the bay. In season you could walk down and get a water taxi back (being early in the season for us the boats were not running yet and it was too hot to walk up and down on a dusty tarmacked road.

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    A walk up to Ali Pashas Castle

    by Russ60 Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Ali Pashas Castle

    This is a Venetian Castle built high above Parga once occupied by a Turk called Ali Pasha.
    The long walk up to the Castle passes through a small village (Anthousa I think) the Castle is a good mile or so past this village.
    The views from the Castle back to the coast are well worth the hard struggle uphill to get there.

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    NEKROMANTION

    by vago1 Written Jul 23, 2003

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    If you drive a few miles away from Parga you can find yourself at the site of Nekromanteion, ?The Oracle of the Dead? located on a hillside near Messopotamos Village. According to ancient legend, the local tribes of Thesprotes used this oracle as a way of communicating with the dead. The site was connected with the local Kingdom of Hades, king of the underground world and dates back to the 18th Century as well as the polygonal walls which surround the so-called labyrinth and the ruined installations of the destroyed holy Altar of Hades. From here, you are able to enjoy the magnificent view of the Acheroussia Lake, today dry , and the green fields, which have replaced it. Carefully follow your guide and step down to the lower lever to visit the legendary cave.
    You can also visit Acheronta river. There are no words to describe it.

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    Walk to the church on the hill over Parga

    by Lomma Written Aug 2, 2009

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    The white spot on top is the Church
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    A nice walk is to go up to the small church between Lichnos and Parga - far up on the hill, fantastic view from there

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