Things to do in Parga – a relaxing holiday in Greece

Things to do in Parga Greece

I know I know, I’ve written a bunch of articles about Parga already but I just love this town 🙂 This is the last one, I promise. For now.

A holiday in Parga is all about relaxation: Amazing scenery and good food with some sun and the sea. But if you’re like me you still want to do a little something as well. Not much, just a little. Here’s things you can do in Parga:

Things to do in Parga, Greece

This is a small town so obviously there isn’t that much to do. But when you’re on holiday it’s the little things that count. Here’s what I enjoyed:

Castle of Parga

The Venetian castle of Parga is easy to spot on the top of the hill so you don’t really need a map on how to get there. Just start climbing the stairs leading towards it. The walk up isn’t too bad, especially as there are lots of small shops both sides of the small street leading up to the castle where you can stop and browse for clothes and souvenirs.

The Venetian castle of Parga
The Venetian castle of Parga on the left on top of the hill
The walk up towards the castle of Parga
The walk up towards the castle of Parga
The entrance to the castle of Parga
The entrance to the castle of Parga
A nice little cafe / restaurant where you can buy refreshments
There’s a nice little cafe where you can buy refreshments and enjoy amazing views at the castle of Parga

The castle of Parga was first built in the 11th century and the rebuilt two centuries later by the Venetians to protect the town. There isn’t really much left of the castle, it’s just a ruin but the place is beautiful and peaceful with great views over Parga and the sea.

The entrance to the castle is free.

Paragaea olive oil factory

The olive oil factory in Parga is located in the side streets of Parga so if you explore the town you’ll probably stumble on it at some point.

They organize a nice tour where you can explore some of the old factory by yourself and then there’s a little video demonstration and tasting where you learn more about olive oil: how it’s done, what’s the difference between different types of olive oils and so on. It was very interesting! After the tour there is a shop where you can purchase olive oil and products that are made using the oil. We bought some olive paste which was really nice.

Paragaea olive oil factory
Paragaea olive oil factory
Inside the Paragaea olive oil factory
Inside the Paragaea olive oil factory
Olive oil tasting at the Paragaea olive oil factory
Olive oil tasting at the Paragaea olive oil factory

The tour costs just 5 euros and I think it’s absolutely worth it. You’ll spend a couple of hours there so it’s a nice break from soaking in the sun 🙂

The beaches of Parga

When we talk about things to do in Parga we can’t really not talk about the beaches.

Valtos is probably the most popular beach in Parga but Lichnos beach was my favorite. I think Valtos is the best choice however, if you’re travelling with children. You can either walk to the beaches or take a water taxi.

I’ve written a separate article on the beaches of Parga so take a look!

Plenty of space on Lichnos Beach
Plenty of space on Lichnos Beach in May

Walks in Parga

If you’re an active person you probably can’t wait to put your trainers or sandals on and go for walks. And with scenery like this, it’s a great idea. I walked from Parga town to the Lichnos Beach and that is a walk I absolutely recommend. You can also walk to the village of Anthousa or up to the Ali Pasha’s castle, or check other walking routes in Parga for some ideas.

Amazing views: Walk from Parga town to the Lichnos beach
Amazing views: Walk from Parga town to the Lichnos beach

Shopping in Parga

Ok, this isn’t exactly a great shopping destination but you’ll probably end up buying something! At least I did, but then I always do… There are a lot of small shops in the streets of Parga and it’s nice to spend some time browsing them in the evening after a meal at one of the restaurants. There are also a couple of small supermarkets where you can buy your breakfast if it’s not included in your hotel package and small stalls selling fresh fruits.

Shopping in Parga
Shopping in Parga
Fresh produce in Parga
Fresh produce in Parga

Day trips from Parga

If you want to explore the area a bit further then there are obviously plenty of great destinations to choose from. I’ve only done one proper day trip from Parga and that was a trip to the Meteora Monasteries. It was an amazing day out so I totally recommend it.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries

There are however other trips to choose from as well, for example a trip to Acheron River is very popular. You can also visit Albania as a day trip because it isn’t that far away from Parga. If you want to go the the sea you can take a boat trip to the nearby islands of Paxos and Antipaxos – or Corfu.

In conclusion

I hope you got some ideas on things to do in Parga. Whatever you’ll do in Parga you’ll have a great time! 🙂 And the great thing is that it will be very affordable. The things you can do (apart from shopping!) are either free or will cost very little. Even the day trips are surprisingly cheap. You’ll love this place.

If you’re just planning your trip, write down in the comments what it is that you most look forward to on your holiday in Parga?

And if you want to know more about this town, you can read my other articles on Parga:

Restaurants in Parga

Beaches in Parga

Walk from Parga town to Lichnos Beach

Irida Boutique Hotel in Parga

A day trip from Parga to the Meteora Monasteries

 

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