Parga Holidays – Picturesque coastal town, unspoilt region of northwest Greece
Parga, situated on the northwest coast of Greece, is an ideal family destination, full of unspoilt bays and beaches, and oozing with traditional charm and character. Generally undeveloped and very peaceful, the resort boasts a picturesque setting in an area of true natural beauty, with the whole region enjoying wonderful surroundings of majestic mountains blanketed by lush green olive groves. An attractive coastal village, Parga sits in a sheltered bay, and is built like a large amphitheatre, with a delightful old town at its centre.
The area exudes a quiet laid-back appeal, with Parga a perfect choice for a relaxing stay on the mainland. Close by are neighbouring little villages and other local beaches, such as Sivota, Valtos and Lichnos, all peaceful destinations with charming character, and the same low-key atmosphere. Beaches all along the coast are quiet and unspoilt, and range from tiny secluded bays to long sandy stretches, with plenty of boat trips available. Holidays here focus not only on the stunning coastline, but the lush countryside inland, suitable for walks, hikes and bike rides.
When to go to Parga
Summer is the most popular time to go to Parga, with the tourist season running from May to October. The peak season months of July and August get very busy, and the region can seem quite crowded, so for a more relaxing time away, think about visiting Parga during the quieter low-season months. May and June see the beautiful landscape in bloom, and is an ideal time for exploring the countryside, whilst in September and October, the weather is still excellent, but a little cooler and more comfortable for touring.
Weather in Parga
Parga experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, and enjoys hot dry summers and short wetter winters. May daytime averages are 24C, with 9 hours of sunshine each day, rising to 29C in June and reaching 32C in the very hot months of July and August. There’s plenty of sunshine, with the area basking in up to 12 hours each day in the peak season, and the weather dry and very humid at this time. The waters of the Ionian Sea reach 26C, and there’s a pleasant night-time temperature in Parga of 19C. September and October still see temperatures of 23C – 28C, and between 7-9 hours of sunshine each day.
Getting the best deals to Parga
The busy peak season weeks remain the most popular time to visit the area, and see both high demand and high prices. For cheaper deals, look to depart during the quieter months, in May, September and October, when the weather is still excellent and there are far less crowds. Being flexible with travel dates can also mean great bargains, as leaving at the last minute is a fantastic way to save money. Look for our offers below, and visit our late deals page for the best prices to Parga today.
Airport and Transport Need to Know
Fly to Prevaza Airport (PVK), which is located 65km from the village, and serves the entire Parga region. There are charter services from the UK, which take approximately 3 hours 30 minutes, with departures from a range of regional airports. Transfers are included on package holidays to Parga, with the travel time approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
The town is fairly small, and easy to get around on foot, with water-taxis departing from the harbour and travelling up and down the coast to the local beaches. There are regular boat trips over to Lefkas, Paxos, Antipaxos or Corfu, and for exploring the rest of the Parga area, a car is recommended.
Best beaches in Parga
The beaches are the main attraction when in Parga, and there are plenty to choose from, from the local town stretches to quiet untouched bays hidden along the shore. This region of Epirus is blessed with clean beaches and crystal-clear seas, and the attractive green backdrop really adds to the appeal. Here are our picks for the best beaches in Parga:
Best beach for sunbathing – Valtos Beach is one of the most popular in the area, and located just 2km from Parga village. A fine 3km sandy stretch, the crescent beach here enjoys a beautiful setting, and offers a multitude of tourist facilities.
Best beach for activities – Agios Ioannis is another stunning beach, 6km south of Parga, where the clear deep waters and offshore winds mean excellent conditions for water sports, such as jet skiing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, snorkelling, and scuba-diving.
Best beach for isolation – Quieter and more secluded, the small pebble beach at Agios Sostis offers a real change of scene. The limited facilities and tranquil atmosphere mean the beach is a lovely isolated spot, perfect for complete relaxation.