Hey everyone, welcome to another article by BalkanEnjoy. Today I’m going to show you beautiful pots. Today, I’m not in Finland as usual, I’m in Greece this was a random journey that I booked with my boyfriend’s and we were like. Okay, let’s take this place and we just picked it and we came here in Parga for Greece Holidays.
We didn’t know anything about it and we were completely astonished. It’s beautiful, it’s gorgeous, it’s like a pearl of Mediterranean!
Welcome to Parga!
Parga is within the northwestern region of Preveza and Epirus. It’s a small town that no one has ever heard of, at least none of the people that I know and therefore it’s a perfect greek relaxing destination. Far away from big resorts and crowded streets, it’s the place whereon every turn you can find vibrant flowers, candy-colored houses, cats on every corner local speaking through their balconies and lots of small lopes buzzing around small Mediterranean looking streets.
Parga beautiful beaches
The three most famous beaches in Parga are not just out of this world but they are also super close to the city center. Our favorite Beach was Piso Krioneri beach. It’s a bit hidden but luckily we got a tip from locals to visit it and it became our daily destination! BIG PLUS! If you love pebbles like we do that’s definitely a place you don’t want to miss. If you like sandy beaches go to Valtos beach on the west side of the city. Are equally magnificent!
Small tip: if you want to get a good spot at the beach make sure to come before 10:00 a.m. the prices for the deck chair and Sun Shade are about 8 euros for a couple but if you come around nude you won’t find free spot at least that’s how it is on Piso Krioneri Beach
Fantastic Bars & Restaurants
While we’re at Piso Krioneri on a beach, take a coffee break in Atrium Bar. It’s our favorite coffee place in the whole Parga with the most amazing views and really nice service.
Once in Parga, I promise you that you’re gonna fall in love with a variety of different restaurants, coffee places, and cocktail bars. Since I got diagnosed with celiac disease I’ve always had problems with gluten-free menus in restaurants abroad. Greece really surprised me in a good way, every single place not only had a gluten-free menu, but they were also all aware of gluten-free diets and I even found a gluten-free Italian restaurant with one of the most amazing gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had in my life.
There is one restaurant in Parga you just can’t miss. We came to one of the most authentic, some say the best Greek restaurant in Parga, so let’s see if it’s really like people say. Sakis is a restaurant you have to visit when in Parga. Usually, there’s a huge line to get to the table but we reserved it a day before because we knew we have to try their food and as we assumed Sakis offers fantastic knowledgeable service, super delicious food with a three dessert and welcoming drink, reasonable prices and the perfect traditional Greek atmosphere. If you ever get there just wait in the queue it’s worth it!
Parga is built on a hill and likes it or not little workout is inevitable if you want to go from one part of the city to the other. If your body just can’t handle a bit of hiking there are taxi boats that take you for about five Euro from one part of the city to the other. Maybe my favorite part of Parga are those cobbled uphill alleys because they’re hiding so many different little stores and coffee places. I could spend hours exploring them. When you reach the top of the town it’s a must to visit a castle of Parga. It was built by the Venetians at the beginning of the 15th century and later on many times destroyed and reconstructed by different rulers. What I love about the castle is that from there you can see the whole city. I would recommend you to do it just before the Sun sets down.
When the Sun is already down the lovely Parga becomes even livelier. If you like partying Parge might not be the right place for you, even though there are a few clubs in the town but what is great is that Parga has so many different and really good bars. When walking around the city you will most likely hear famous greek melody coming from many Greek restaurants and here and there here’s smashing glasses from local waiters to scare the bad spirits away. My favorite cocktail bar which I warmly recommend for everyone who enjoys cocktails is the Kamili bar owned by two brothers. In Kamili I’ve had maybe one of the best cocktails of my life with even better service. For a bit, fancier experience visit Med Parga. From there you can see the most amazing sunset in the town.
Prices in Parga bars are pretty spicy. You can buy pretty reasonable priced food from stores and restaurants but if you go out for a drink to prepare for a bit spicier prices similar to the ones and for example finish bars. Also, it is very nice to leave five to ten percent tip in restaurants and about a euro in a bar. Parga is definitely one of my favorite locations I’ve ever visited but I really like about it is that it has so much to offer on such a small land area.
Day trip to Paxos & Antipaxos Islands
If you’re staying in Parga for more than a few days I definitely recommend to take a trip with the boat to Paxos and Anti-Paxos islands. You will pay about 15 to 20 euros per person and you get so much out of it. The boat takes you to a few little towns, several stunning blue caves and you get to swim on a hidden beach with wide sand. If you have time this is a must!
One thing about staying in Parga or generally Greece that bothered us a bit at the beginning is that you cannot flush paper down the toilet, you have to throw it in a trash. Greece has problematic pipes and systems and in many touristic facilities, there is no central waste disposal facility.
All-in-all Parga is one of the best places I’ve been to. The locals are nice, the food is heavenly, the beaches are delightful and the size of the town is perfect. You can walk from one side of the city to the other in only 30 minutes and there are so many things you can do around a place. We only have seven days and we spend as much as possible time on the beach and in the sea because nothing in the world can beat the Mediterranean Sea!