Greece: Parga + the Ionian islands tour [PHOTO]

View of Parga

View of Parga

Parga is by far the most charming town and summer resort in Greece that I’ve seen, with spectacular surroundings and four lovely beaches with chilly but crystal clear waters. The town is relatively small, around 2500 inhabitants (grows to 10000 during the summer season), but it’s maze of tiny streets and passages invites you to discover, and there are always hidden corners left to discover.

The central square in Parga

The central square in Parga

A Venetian fortress overlooks the town and the nearby Valtos beach from a hill that rises from the sea, with spectacular views of the town, the sea, surrounding mountains, and the nearby Paxos, Antipaxos & Corfu islands.

Valtos beach and the Venetian fortress

Valtos beach and the Venetian fortress

In the middle of the town bay lies the small island of Panagia dedicated to the Holly Mother of God, with two churches and the remains of a French fortress, easily accessible swimming from Krioneri (main town beach), or by boat from the port (a bit expensive & unnecessary IMO). This tiny island is easily walkable/climbable, and offers some beautiful views of the open sea and the neighboring islands.

Panagia island

Panagia island

There’s plenty of attractions and excursions available from Parga, and one of them is to the world-famous Ionian islands – Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Meganisi & the famous Onassis family island Skorpios.

To get to Parga you can land at the Preveza airport, the ports of Preveza or Igoumenitsa, or by the newly constructed higway from Thessaloniki (via Serbia & F.Y.R.O.M.)

Photos from Parga and it’s surroundings

A steep street in Parga

A steep street in Parga

Parga port

Parga port

Antique

Antique

Panagia island at night

Panagia island at night

The port of Parga

The port of Parga

Parga seen from the castle

Parga seen from the castle

View of Parga and the Panagia island

View of Parga and the Panagia island

Museum of Parga inside the fortress

Museum of Parga inside the fortress

Museum of Parga inside the fortress

Museum of Parga inside the fortress

Panorama of Valtos Beach

Panorama of Valtos Beach

Valtos beach bay

Valtos beach bay

The Venetian fortress

The Venetian fortress

Beginning of the Valtos beach

Beginning of the Valtos beach

"Secret" passages in Parga

“Secret” passages in Parga

Charming Venetian-style houses

Charming Venetian-style houses on the main promenade in Parga

Olive trees on the road to Lichnos beach

Olive trees on the road to Lichnos beach

View of Lichnos Beach

View of Lichnos Beach, an hour walk through the olive woods from Parga.

Coming back from Lichnos beach

Coming back from Lichnos beach

Krioneri, main beach in Parga
Krioneri, main beach in Parga
Walk through olive woods to Lichnos Beach

Walk through olive woods to Lichnos Beach

Photos from the Ionian Islands excursion

Southern point of Lefkada

Southern point of Lefkada

Lighthouse at Lefkada

Lighthouse at Lefkada

South of Lefkada
South of Lefkada
Egremni, one of the world's top beaches

Egremni, one of the world’s top beaches

Egremni, one of the world's top beaches
Egremni, one of the world’s top beaches, other side
Ionian blue
Ionian blue
Porto Katsiki, one of Greece's most popular beaches

Porto Katsiki, one of Greece’s most popular beaches

A lovely sail boat at Porto Katsiki beach

A lovely sail boat at Porto Katsiki beach

Porto Katsiki beach

Porto Katsiki beach

Fiskardo, Kefalonia

Fiskardo, Kefalonia

Fiskardo, Kefalonia

Fiskardo, Kefalonia

Clear water & fish in the port of Fiskardo, Kefalonia

Clear water & fish in the port of Fiskardo, Kefalonia

Ruins in Frikes, Ithaca

Ruins in Frikes, Ithaca, the island of Odysseus

Patriotism

“Never forget: Every step of our land is a heroic monument, every fathom of sea, thousands of drops of blood”

Ithaca, the island of Odysseus

A peaceful port at Ithaca, the island of Odysseus

Ithaca, the island of Odysseus

Ithaca, the island of Odysseus

Impressive mountains of Lefkada

Impressive mountains of Lefkada

Papanikolis cave, Meganisi

Papanikolis cave, Meganisi

A boat entering the Papanikolis cave, Meganisi

A boat entering the Papanikolis cave, Meganisi