Are you looking at trying to go somewhere different before school starts up for the kids? We know exactly what you’re feeling right now. There’s only so much summer left before schools tarts, so we might as well make the most of it. One place that we wanted to cover before the summer ends this year would have to be Parga. It’s a very small town on the main island of Greece, which might not be at the top of your list. But it gets better — there’s a lot of things to do, and Parga is peaceful compared to some of the more lively cities in Greece. Read on to find out everything special about this wonderful town.
If you’re trying to get to Parga, you’re going to have to do it by either bus or boat. You can bus in from Preveza and Igoumenitsa, which are the towns that neighbor Parga.
If you’ve got the kids with you, you don’t have to worry about heavy traffic. Parga is small enough to walk through on your own, and you don’t have to spend extra money for a rental car. The heat tends to get to people quickly though, and that means that you’re going to have to take breaks often.
Look into the old Greek Fortress while you’re there. This is not just any old structure — it goes all the way back to the 14th century. It’s going to separate Parga’s center from the beach. You can see all around Parga if you up high enough. However, the ruined castle can be dangerous so you have to make sure that you avoid leaning over any edges — you’ll go right into the sea, and it won’t be pretty!
There’s another castle along the west side of the beach, called the Ali Pasha castle. It’s also a great one to explore, if you’re into that sort of thing.
OK, OK. You want to do more than look at old castles. You can see orchards and tons and tons of olive trees. It’s scenic, peaceful, and quiet — if you’re looking for a way to introduce your children to a more natural scene, you can definitely do that.
You also have a tourist train available that can show you around the island, without all of the walking. If you’ve got younger children, this can be a real trip-saver on their little legs.
There’s always food, and Parga definitely delivers. You have Kastro if you really want to splurge on amazing food, and something like Bachos when you want to save money. There’s everything from authentic Greek food to more international dishes. It’s completely okay to eat more than you expected — you’re on vacation! Keep in mind that some old time family favorites might taste a little different, so if you have children, you might want to let them know. Let them taste thing sand see what they like. They just might be surprised at what really tastes incredible!
Sleeping arrangements can be whatever you want them to be. Some people really like the idea of staying in a luxurious hotel or villa, while others want a more budget experience. There’s nothing wrong with either, and you can definitely find both. Just make sure that if you’re really serious about taking a trip to Parga that you plan everything out in advance. If you try to do this on the last minute, you aren’t going to get where you want to be.