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Parga is a coastal town in northwestern Greece. Being located at the Ionian coast, Parga is easily accessible by ferry, which has many frequent routes. Parga is built in an amphitheatrical way. It is well-known for its picturesque beauty to such an extent, that is also known as the “Bride of Eripus” (Epirus is the geographic and administrative region in which Parga belongs).
What to see
Pargas’ history is long and full of glory. The Venetian Castle of Parga is one of the most beautiful monuments of Parga in Greece. It was built in the 11th century upon a hill by Pargas’ residents because they wanted to be protected from pirates’ ( and not only) invasions. This castle was built and rebuilt several times throughout its history. Nowadays, it is considered to be a great example of Venetian architecture, though it also has details from different architectural styles, such as Ottoman architecture. The view from this castle is breathtaking and it definitely worth a visit.
In Parga, there is, also, the Necromanteion of Ephyra. Necromanteion (literally: Oracle of Death) is a temple dedicated to the ancient Greek god of the Underworld, Hades and his wife, Persephone.
Trivia Alert: According to the myth, the doors leading to the realm of death are located near the Acheron river. Both the ancient Greek historian Herodotus and the epic poet Homer had written about the doors of the Underworld and archaeological research was based upon their similar descriptions.
What to do
Nowadays, Acheron’s river and the valley is nothing less than a wonderful place to try river trekking! Even if you have never done river trekking before, this place will amaze you with its pure beauty. So, bring your training shoes with you!
What to eat
Parga is mostly known for its dairy products and especially its milk and butter. If you visit Parga, don’t miss the chance to taste recipes with meat and deli meat. In Parga, meat is used in various recipes and it is usually well cooked well-done. Parga is, also, known for its unique pies that don’t have the typical Greek thin pie crust.
Don’t miss: Trachanas, which is a pastry made of flour and milk, is also used in many recipes of Parga and is simply appetizing.
Where to swim
The endlessly sandy Valtos beach is simply gorgeous. It is located just 2km away from Parga and is ideal for those who love water sports. Lichnos beach is also great for watersports and it is surrounded by trees. You will also be amazed by how clean its water is.
Plus: If you like virgin beaches, Agios Sostis is the place for you! Its transparent waters are amazing and it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole area.