If you are looking for holiday in Greece where you can mix a little when it comes to touristic spots and going off the beaten track, we have the perfect Greek destination for you.
Corendon flew me over to Preveza where we enjoyed a perfect family stay in Parga, a picturesque Greek village by the sea. In this article we are going to tell you exactly where to go and what not to miss.
Now, write this down, because this is one of the best Greek destinations to fly to and this is why: The airport of Preveza is located on the mainland but also connects by bridge to Lefkas, a must visit Greek island in the Ionian sea. From there you can easily hop to its neighbouring islands Kefalonia or Zakynthos. But you can also drive along the coast and visit one of the many villages along the way, with Parga as a great starting point. MUST DO: Rent a car with airco. It’s a lot saver and sufficient than a scooter (the roads in Greece are not the best). We rented our car at EUROWHEELS which you can easily arrange via Corendon. You can pick-up and deliver your car at the airport or hotel, up to you!
Traveling to Greece during the pandemic
No matter what kind of traveller you are, the current pandemic makes travelling uncertain for all of us. By booking your holiday with a travel organisation like Corendon, you have a safety net when it comes to last minute changes. It means you are always guarantied a flight home without extra costs. And if your holiday is cancelled you can change your destination or request a refund. Besides this fact, you always have a point of contact when you are in need of assistance. Example; our child’s car seat wasn’t working properly and within 1 hour (I am not kidding) they brought a new one to our hotel.
In terms of Covid rules, you need a PCR test or vaccine passport to enter Greece. Upon arrival you may be asked to do a noseswap ones you arrive and you get the test result right away. Read about the latest Covid rules here.
To start off with, you must know that Parga isn’t off the beaten path. In fact, it’s quite a popular place for tourist as its has many hotels, restaurants and a cute city centre. But what makes Parga so special is that the options here are endless and perfect for couples, friends or even families. This destination is located perfectly by the sea but on the mainland and across from Corfu. Discover traditional Greek villages, secluded beaches and enjoy a carefree holiday.
Where to stay in Parga
From the many resorts and hotels, we highly recommend the Parga Beach Resort. This family friendly hotel is located right at the beachfront and has 4 pools! This resort doesn’t feel like your average hotel though. It has different apartments and bungalow style rooms so it feels more like a village with various styles. We stayed in the Horizon Suite with sea view that included a small kitchen, perfect for a family of four. Looking for something extraordinary? Take a look at the perfect bliss room with a private pool, wow!
Don’t worry if you don’t have kids, there is an adults only pool and for breakfast you can eat peacefully in Alselea, the restaurant that also offers a high end a la cart menu. But if you fancy something more low key, Beach bar Ammos is open all day for barista style coffees, healthy salads, classy burgers or snacks which you can order from your beach chair. TIP for coffee lovers: order a Freddo Cappuccino, yes thank me later.
At the Parga Beach Resort you are sure that kids are having the best time. Surely, the beach and pools will keep them occupied for hours on end, but the resort also has a playground and playroom. Besides that, there are daily activities you can sign up for.
IN AND AROUND PARGA
We understand you don’t want to eat or stay in your hotel every night, so we have a few tips in and around Parga for you.
Try the real Greek Taverna’s!
In Parga town you can find many restaurants, but we prefer looking for the less touristic spots. If you drive around Parga you will find several nearby villages that offer some real authentic taverna’s. We stopped in Anthousa for lunch and it seemed we were the only “tourists”, the food was amazing (try the calamaria!) and the view priceless. In Perdika will find a small centre with many amazing restaurants and in Sivota (about 45 minutes away) you can eat by the harbour.
Valtos Beach (restaurant)
People watching and high class lunch for good prices, this is what we thought of this Bali style restaurant. Don’t be fooled by the interior, the food is Greek with a modern twist.
If you bring teenagers or you love the sound of tech-house on a sunny afternoon, take a look at Club Tango, just around the corner from the Parga Beach Resort. They serve simple food like club sandwiches, the service isn’t great but they have a large pool and the cocktails are affordable.
Acheron River, Gliki
Driving from Parga, you must have a stopover at the Acheron River in Gliki. The springs of River Acheron are surrounded by wild rocks, waterfalls and lots of greenery. You can hike or water raft all the way up and down but the most fun way is to walk, climb and swim through the river. I’ve done this wild water hike about eight times but it never get’s boring. Beware, the water is VERY cold at first but after a while you get use to it and your skin feels incredibly soft afterwards! At some parts are so deep that you need to swim so make sure you have a waterproof camera if you want to take some good shots!
BEACHES NOT TO MISS
If you have been to Greece before, you may know that the beach (Paralia in Greek) options are endless. But let’s break it down for ya. Here are five beaches around Parga that you should DEFINITELY put on your wish list.
Valtos beach, is located across from the Parga Beach resort. It is one of the larger beaches with many (yes loads) of beach clubs and restaurants. Also, you can go crazy on various water-sports like parasailing or waterskiing.
This small stone beach is a little gem and has good parking spots. No showers, but who cares if you have crystal clear water right?
Krioneri beach has a very cute village going by the same name and a few taverna’s. You can hire sunbeds although they look a bit old.
Alonaki, is our favourite beach near Parga when it comes to its scenery. During high season it can get busy, but when you come in September or afterwards, it’s heaven on earth. Just take a look at these photo’s! There is a small café where you can order coffee, simple beach food and if you order something they will give you a free umbrella!
Karavostatie beach is located in Perdika and has a special place in my heart. I’ve been coming here for longer than 35 years and I’ve seen it change over the years. Right now you can find several low key beach bars and a brand new luxury hotel, but the stunning nature and sea has never changed. Bonus: it’s the perfect beach for hot summer days because there is always a breeze! No need to bring you own umbrella, sunbedsets are only 5 euro per day!
Extra; as a frequent traveller to Greece, I know it always helps to know a few Greek words that may come in handy.
- Efgaristo = Thank You
- Parakalo = Please
- Kalimera = Good Morning
- Kalinigta = Good Night
- Tikanis = How are you?
- 1 Bottle of water = Ena Boukali Nero (trust me, you need this during summer)
- 1 beer please = Mia Biera Parakalo (also very important)
- Poselène? = What’s your name (for the single ones out there)
- Jamas! = Cheers/Proost!
Do you want to book the same trip we did? Check Corendon/Parga for prices and availability!