Parga, Greece Cruise Port
With roots in antiquity, the Ionian seacoast cruise port of Parga, Greece is everything a Mediterranean vacation should be. Whether you prefer castles or beaches (or both), this picturesque resort town of just under 12,000 residents is famous for its scenic beauty. While this was possibly the town of Toryne back in ancient times (history relates it as a city in the northwestern region of Greece called Epirus), the more "modern" version of Parga was formed around the 13th century. After a treaty with the Venetians, the town was influenced by the French, British, and Ottomans before gaining its freedom in 1913. Nestled between mountains and sea, tourists not only enjoy water sports, but diners can partake in fresh seafood whenever the mood strikes. It’s also where you’ll find some of the largest olive trees in the country. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Parga, Greece:
- Known in Greek myth as one of the five rivers of the underworld, the Acheron River provides a beautiful, peaceful place for a walk. One of the few sights in the area untouched by development, it's an excellent place for a dip on a hot day, with cool waters said to have magical properties.
- On the banks of the Acheron River is the Nekromanteion or "Oracle of Death," an ancient temple where you can supposedly talk to the dead. Some might find it a bit unsettling, but anyone interested in Greek myth will find this archaeological site fascinating.
- Overlooking the town, the Venetian Castle of Parga was built in the 11th century as protection from marauders. It’s a bit of a climb, but worth it for the history and the view. It's also a butterfly-lovers paradise, as the winged lovelies also seem to enjoy the castle.
- With several beaches from which to choose, one of the best is Valtos Beach. Located just below the castle, it has a long stretch of pebbly sand and clear, calm waters. It does attract a lot of visitors so if you prefer more quiet and some scenery, check out the olive-grove surrounded Lichnos Beach.