This is another wonderful beach, found between Sivota and Parga. One small, modern beach-bar and a wide expanse of steeply shelving sand. Superb swimming. Very quiet here. Strangely there is a hotel here perched on the cliffs at one end of the beach, with a funicular down to the sand. Very definitely closed when we were there. Obviously for the wealthier Greeks in high season!!!! Don't think I'd like to visit then.
Amoudia is about a 45min. drive from Sivota, south of Parga. It has a beautiful beach and the river Acheron enters the sea here. There are a few attractive river-side tavernas and one or two apartment blocks, not much else. There is, or was, a free camping area in the trees behind the beach complete with shower but no toilet facilities.
The beach is remarkably undeveloped and very quiet out of peak season. There can be some strong currents in the water at times, just keep an eye on children. Also the sand can whip across the beach in strong winds.
You can take a boat trip up the river to near the Necromanteion.
A very pleasant lunch and beach stop.
The Necromanteion is the oracle of the Dead and the gateway to the underworld. Visitors came here in trepidation to communicate with departed loved ones.They were led through a labyrinth (much smaller than you would imagine) after being fed hallucinagenic lupin seeds and beans and entered the oracle in a very confused state. They were then lowered into the ante-chamber of Hades by a winch to witness the spiritual visitation. they were prepared to face anything in their be-fuddled state.
The size of the blocks of stone used in the construction are enormous.
It is near Mesopotamos, near Ammoudia, 22kms. southeast of Parga. It was about a 45min. drive from Sivota.
The River Acheron runs through very attractive country spills out into the sea at Ammoudia, a pleasant coastal/river village. It is 64 kms. long, the most interesting part being where the gorge is formed, between Trikastro, Souli and Gliki.
We drove to various places along the river and actually swam in a plunge pool. Freezing but worth the experience and to feel the hot sun soothing your tingling skin......
There are places that have riverside tavernas and where you can begin walks from.
East of Parga, this is a spectacular river gorge with many walks.From Gliki there is a walk to some springs, through the water. There is an historical pathway(Skala of Tsavelaina) near Vouvopoamos which takes you into the gorge.
This place really is not to be missed.
En-route to Parga we detoured to a castle, following signs. Don't know the name of it but it was quite expansive. We enjoyed exploring it, particularly the boys.
Lovely views towards Parga, but it was too hazy for decent photos.
All the time we were here we could smell Fenugreek but after sniffing every plant in sight we still hadn't worked out which plant it was. Strange.
Not exactly in Sivota but it was easily accessible by car, north of Igoumenitsa. Intresting road as it was motorway standard and then disintergrated into a dirt track.
Beyond Sagiada, just before the road ended, were a couple of beaches. The one we went on was steeply shelving and the water was strangely murky, but the water was very warm. We had the place to ourselves.