Parga the Jewel of Epirus

Trip Start Apr 24, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Regina Mare Perdika
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Greece  , Epirus,
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I have visited Parga a couple of times in the past, a popular tourists' loving town with natural beauty. I am walking along with a group of friends and Yianni but at a point I leave them behind as they want to camp at a place and enjoy what they are going to order. It will probably be a delicacy or coffee. Much later most of them will visit souvenir shops and start buying different silly things which the majority of times are either of no use or punk. They return to the coach landed with all sorts of colourful bags and packets.

Leaving the others behind I am out walking admiring the natural beauty of this place. Of course I don’t have time to climb up the beautiful Venetian castle but at least I can take a couple of pictures of it. Parga is one of the most beautiful places of west Epirus and a favourite destination to Europeans. The architecture here has many similarities with that found in the Greek islands. Yes, the Venetian castle stands out and surely the view of the port and the coastal area would be breathtaking from up there. Nobody from the group wants to walk up the castle and they would surely not wait for me. If I had of course time I would not want to hurry back but spend some time up there. For this reason I decide to confine myself to a stroll firstly in the area of the marina and then walk through the narrow romantic alleys with the many little shops selling souvenirs, -alleys with amazing bars and restaurants. I am impressed with a number of night clubs and bars and I get inside several to take pictures from their terraces.  

Parga is built amphitheatrically with a spectacular coast line of lovely beaches with emerald and turquoise colours. No wonder that it is considered the jewel of Epirus surrounded by mountains covered with olive and orange groves. It has a unique location so people coming here can take trips to the mainland and the nearby islands of Paxos, Antiparos and Corfu. I remember once we were here on our way to Corfu.

The sun slowly disappears behind the colorful buildings giving me the chance for better photos. Before leaving Parga I drop in a fruit shop to buy apricots.  I have spotted one such little shop in a narrow alley but when I get a bag I notice that they are not only old and sickly but double the usual price. I only pick one or two, and decide to buy yoghurt instead.  The price again is too high but I have no alternative.  This is what I hate in touristy areas and the way they take advantage of people. Of course this happens everywhere and not only in Greece!
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rossport on

what a beautiful place Popi and like all tourist traps yes the cost is higher sadly but that is when they make their money the rest of the year when tourists go else where they have no income

mmbcross on

Lovely place. I can just imagine living here for a whole summer. You didn't include any photos of the Venetian castle.

Alexander Zilo on

Thank you for inspiring me to return to Greece .

greekcypriot on

I am glad that my entry has inspired you so much.

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