Parga summer resort, in the Epirus region in Greece, is an excellent place to rest your body, mind and soul in a beautiful environment, but you really shouldn’t be satisfied only with that. From there, you can set out onto several excursions, each more engaging than the previous. Some of them could be realized through travel agencies, while for others all you need is a good attitude. Let’s take a look, then.
Paxi and Antipaxi boat excursion
To the west of Parga lie two small islands – Antipaxi is a natural resort, while Paxi is more developed. An hour and a half-long sail takes you initially to the magnificent Voutoumi Beach on Antipaxi, featuring dense vegetation, clear turquoise waters and a nice sandy beach. You’ll be given approximately half an hour to enjoy it. If you have your own boat, Voutoumi Beach is a good spot to enjoy the day since it never gets crowded due to its remoteness, and cruising ships and boats don’t approach the beach.
The next leg of the boat excursion takes you along the western rocky coastline of Paxi, (in)to one of its sea caves. Whether it’s “to” or “into” depends on a boat you choose for this excursion. To enter the cave, make sure you choose a travel agency that has boats without masts.
The return journey takes you to the town of Gaios, Paxi’s capital, where you’ll remain for a few hours; just enough to take a swim at its moderate beach, take a walk through its streets and visit a couple of stores.
The approximate tour price is between 15 and 20 EUR (16.50 and 22 USD).
A walking tour to Lichnos Beach
Although taxi-boats operate from Parga to Lichnos Beach, the most beautiful beach in Parga’s neighborhood, you can reach the beach from there by an hour and a half stroll. It really doesn’t matter if the day is hot because the path leads you through an expansive olive grove, providing shade most of the way. Just make sure to get a map with directions, which can be found in travel agencies.
Once on Lichnos Beach, you can enjoy its shallow crystal clear waters, sandy beach, engaging environment and a bunch of restaurants and café bars.
Corfu Island excursion
Corfu Town is a unique blend of architectural styles, while the island is gifted by lush vegetation and a beautiful coastline. The excursion combines bus rides and boat cruises, giving you an opportunity to appreciate Corfu Island’s exceptional beauty from various perspectives.
The main points of interest you’ll probably visit are the Venetian Fortress, dominating the city’s east end, Mouse Island, with the exceptional panoramic view of Corfu Island, the Sissy Palace with the monument devoted to Achillion (also spelled Achilleion; Achilles from Homer’s Iliad), etc. Corfu Town features diverse architecture, comprising Byzantine, English and Venetian styles, and once you get some free time in the town center, make sure to visit the Byzantine Museum, Mairie de Corfu, the Archaeological Museum and the Church of Saint Spyridon, a patron saint of the island.
The approximate price of the tour is between 35 and 40 EUR (38.50 and 44 USD).
The Ionian Islands cruise
Perhaps most popular with tourists, the Ionian Islands cruise takes you through picturesque settlements, interesting legends, hidden coves, marvelous seaside and a few exceptional beaches.
The first stopover is Nidri, the capital of Lefkada Island, where you embark on a cruise ship, which takes you subsequently to Porto Katsiki Beach, on the other side of the island. There, you’ll have some free time to swim. The excursion continues toward Fiscardo, the northernmost town of Kefalonia. After a break, you set sail toward Ithaca, Odysseus’ homeland, with a possible brief pause. In the end, Scorpios Island, which is known for being owned by Aristotle Onassis, is introduced to you.
The tour price is around 40 EUR (44 USD).
Nicopolis, a Roman archeological site in Greece
Nicopolis was a Roman city founded by Octavian to honor his first victory over combined forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium that occurred nearby. Depending on time, a detour during the Ionian Islands tour could be afforded for a brief visit to this ancient town. If not, you can easily reach it by car from Parga. Although perceived just in passing, the city’s once formidable architecture and great significance are obvious on sight. If possible, allocate some time to wander around its interesting ruins and remains.
Additional excursions from Parga
This is hardly everything when it comes to having an active vacation in Parga. An organized excursion to the mythological Acheron (Styx) River, which was a vestibule into Hades according to Greek mythology, is especially noteworthy. Its cool crystal clear waters and natural environment are especially magnificent. The rate is around 35 EUR (38.50 USD).
You can also take an excursion to Meteora Monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring Orthodox Christian monasteries atop rock formations that offer engaging panoramic views. The price of the excursion is around 50 EUR (55 USD).
Besides the above-mentioned tours, you can choose between various other excursions, including the Albanian and less-distanced tours - nearby cities and beaches, for example. Finally, you should also take some time to explore on your own because there are a couple of other worthy sites to see while you are in Parga.
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