My name is Dimitris and welcome to my guide on Parga, Greece! I’m half from Constantinople and half from Armenia, but born in Athens. I studied computer technology and graduated in 2009. Along the way, I discovered drone photography through an advertisement and this encouraged me to get involved professionally, developing my skills over the past several years.
Since I was little, I loved traveling. I remember telling my mother the following quote: “I want to travel the world”. Somehow I managed to travel between work, including across Greece. For me, my country offers endless attractions and the great thing is that most of them haven’t been revealed yet! I’ve only explored a small part of Greece and would like to discover more in the future, such as the Aegean Islands (next summer’s trip)!
Why Parga is a Special Place
I’ve visited Parga twice now and both were work-related. The town reminds me of the Cinque Terre in Italy since it boasts colorful houses, and beaches with a variety of green and blue waters. There’s also the possibility of going on boat tours to the nearby island of Paxos and the village of Syvota. I love capturing content at Parga, especially behind the church that shows the town from behind the colorful houses with the boats in the water!
Top 5 Things To Do in Parga
1. Explore the Venetian Castle of Parga
Visiting the historic 15th-century Venetian Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town, is a must-do experience. The medieval castle not only offers spectacular views of the town, but also of the shimmering Ionian Sea and a few nearby islands! It’s a wonderful spot to get creative with photography and to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the ruins.
2. Wander through the Old Town of Parga
Strolling through the cobbled streets of Parga’s old town is a delightful experience any time of year. Visitors can admire the colorful houses, shop for local crafts and dine in traditional tavernas. The town comes alive at night, with a lively atmosphere and a variety of bars and restaurants welcoming patrons. The seaside restaurants are particularly nice.
3. Sunbathe and Swim at Valtos Beach
Valtos Beach is one of Parga’s most popular beaches. With its clear waters, golden sands and lush surroundings – it’s the perfect place to go swimming, sunbathing, and partake in water sports like banana boating or jet skiing. You can also find charming beachfront cafes, tavernas, and bars serving all sorts of Greek food and refreshments. For those planning on staying for the day, renting chairs and umbrellas is the way to go.
4. Take a Boat Trip to Paxos and Antipaxos
Taking a boat trip to the nearby Paxos and Antipaxos shows you just how beautiful the Ionian islands are. These islands are known for their emerald waters, sea caves and tranquil atmosphere. You can explore the gorgeous coastline, swim in hidden coves and savor fresh seafood in the charming ports. Voutoumi Beach in Antipaxos is one spot not to be missed!
5. Visit the Necromanteion of Acheron
For a unique and historical experience, visiting the ancient site of Necromanteion of Acheron (also known as the Oracle of the Dead) is a must. Located 25 minutes drive away from the town of Parga, this archaeological site offers a glimpse into ancient Greek mythology and the belief in communication with the underworld – particularly Hades.
Final Tips for Visiting Parga
The best time to visit Parga is in the summer from May to late September. I suggest booking a hotel close to the sea, as the views are fantastic. The town has everything you need – such as coffee shops and restaurants – so you don’t need to worry about food. Finally, spending three nights here is the minimum requirement to really get a feel for the place – especially if you want to take trips to the nearby islands. Have a great time in Parga!