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Fun and sun on mainland Greece

With its clear blue waters, lush landscape and colourful houses scattered across a sloped hillside, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Parga for a Greek island. However, this rustic village is in fact on the mainland in western Greece. For beach lovers and countryside explorers, Parga holidays offer the best of both worlds. Set around a bay, there are several beaches to swim at or try water sports, while Parga’s hills are a hiker’s delight, criss-crossed with rivers and walking tracks.

Around Parga are historical sites such as the Gates of Hades, as well as Venetian castles and Ottoman fortresses. The town itself is alive with shops, restaurants, bars and music venues. A real highlight on holidays to Parga is an early evening stroll by the harbour, when the scenery appears bathed in gold. With the charm of a Greek island, and much more besides, this mainland wonder has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.

Your Parga questions, answered

You must try the olive oil in Parga – sample it in restaurants and shops. If you want to learn more about it, there’s also a museum dedicated to the stuff.

Parga is a wonderful year-round destination. If you would like to go hiking, it’s best to visit in either spring or autumn when the weather is milder.

Absolutely. Parga is full of lovely traditional shops, selling everything from olive oil soap to hand-carved wooden icons, as well as local food and drink.

Best things to do in Parga

Stretch your legs

There are kilometres of beautiful hiking trails to explore in the countryside around Parga that take you through forests and to secluded beaches, abandoned villages and ruins.

Go rafting

Get the adrenaline pumping on a rafting tour. They start at the Acheron river springs, continue along the river and end in the Ionian Sea.

Hit the beach

Parga is home to some dazzling beaches, including Valtos and Lichnos. Spend time relaxing on the sandy sweeps, then cool down in the lapping waves afterwards.