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It may not be a typical holiday spot for Brits in search of a Greek retreat, but Parga has got so much to offer those who do venture to its shores. Situated in the north western portion of mainland Greece, Parga is an understated, idyllic wonderland that radiates natural beauty and traditional Greek charm.
Whether you choose to spend your days relaxing on the beach or exploring a little further afield, you can be safe in the knowledge that, with Parga package holidays, nothing will be able to stop you from entering a state of calm that will allow you to appreciate the area and recharge your batteries perfectly.
The Greek Islands
With both Corfu and Paxos just a short boat ride away, you could easily expand your holiday horizons and discover the beauty that these Ionian Islands hold. Ancient Greek legend has it that Paxos was formed because Poseidon struck Corfu with his trident, but as far as the present is concerned, these two islands offer idyllic escapes at the other end of a ferry ride.
Take the day in your stride and head for Parga Town, where time seems to have stood still. From tiny, yet perfectly formed meze cafes, to pretty little shops that line the narrow cobbled streets, Parga Town has a traditional air about it that you're sure to find incredibly endearing.
Unspoilt, beautiful and within a daytrip from Parga, Albania has many sides waiting to be explored. Spend the day unearthing its secrets, including the archaeological site of Butrint and the coastal town of Agios Saranda. Don't forget your passport though, you'll need it!
Explore the Vikos National Park
Perfect for avid hikers who love to breathe the fresh air of the great outdoors, Vikos National Park includes the Vikos Gorge - listed in the Guinness World Records book as the deepest gorge in the world. The national park can be found in the Zagori region of north western Greece, which takes a couple of hours to get to, but if you're a lover of the outdoors, the journey will be worth it.
Admire the Venetian Castle
In the heart of Parga Town, it'd be difficult to miss the beautiful Venetian castle which was once used to protect the town below. A great exponent of Venetian architecture, the castle has a gift shop and a café within its walls, perfect for a brief stop before admiring the panoramic views from its towers.
River Walk along the Acheron River
Grab a pair of galoshes from one of the local stores and head off on a river walk. If you join one of the popular tours, the walk takes approximately six hours, but you do stop for a hearty lunch. A perfect chance to have some exhilarating fun, the Acheron River is surrounded by natural beauty that can be admired whether you choose to do the river walk or just sit, relax and let your eyes wander.
Perfect if you're looking for a seaside retreat without the hubbub of the more popular holiday resorts, Parga provides a wonderfully serene environment in which you can truly relax and unwind. Whitewashed houses and traditional tavernas are the order of the day here, with an abundance of tavernas serving local dishes to holidaymakers from all over the world.
Valtos Beach is awash with golden sands and just a five minute taxi boat ride from Parga. Picturesque and full of cultural treats, Valtos brings you even closer to the surrounding mountain scenes, while providing plenty of opportunity to relax.
Located adjacent to Parga Town, Lichnos is quiet, low-key and totally unassuming. Bask in the rays of the sizzling sunshine as you lie back on the sweeping sands, or sit back and chill with an ice cold drink in one of the local café bars
With Direct Holidays, you can secure a great value Parga holiday in no time, meaning authentic Greek-style relaxation is just around the corner.