"Parga in April (Page 2 of The Adventure Overland)" Top 5 Page for this destination Parga by nickandchris
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After leaving Igoumenitsa we had a rough idea where we were heading. We realised it being out of season we might not find many campsites open,so headed for Parga which should be a large enough place for a site to be open. We did look around Sivota but it was all well and truly closed and looked a bit up-market. It didn't help that it was pouring down so nobody was about and tavernas had closed doors.
We arrived in Parga which was also pretty dead and went for a drink on the waterfront. On the way to look for the campsite, Nick decided he would drive through the narrow streets(even though I told him we wouldn't fit) and managed to knock the bedroom window out on a shop awning. What a todo. People arrived from everywhere. Fortunately there wasn't much damage to the shop awning, only our window which we had to continue the whole holiday with it taped together. A brilliant start to our first day in Greece!!!!! We found Parga Camping which was open from April, thankfully. The ground was pretty saturated and the few tourers were camped in the dryest area, not wanting to get bogged in. We found a pleasant pitch under the trees, fairly close to the basic but adequate toilet block and booked in. At last we could hang wet clothes out to dry, as the sun decided to make an appearance. We started to relax and Philip pedalled around on his trike, in his element. He had been couped up long enough!!
We learned the ways of the campsite, ie. only hot water from solar heating (this meant a few cool showers with the weather being dull) and met some of the other residents. There was an English couple in a strange Renault? camper who had been there two days and hadn't a clue what the site tariff was !!! It was one of the first things we established!!!! 3000drx. a night with electricity. Not bad.
Everywhere was very wet underfoot due to the amount of rain that had fallen in the last couple of days.
We wandered into the town to phone home to let people know we had arrived. We stopped for a beer and giro souvlaki while Philip sploshed about in the puddles. When we had returned to the campsite, Michael (10 at the time) decided to go for a bike ride and managed to get himself lost and ended up on the main road. Nick managed to find him but it could have been such a different story. How relieved we were.
Nick spent the evening sticking the bedroom window back in, which much to my amazement remained intact for months to come.
Philip enjoyed chasing the tethered goats about the campsite which made good video footage.
Our hostess invited us for drinks on a bus outing to another village which we declined as we had things to do. It was strange, but her husband didn't go, either.
The next day was Philip's first immersion in Greek waters. We were on the beach and the sun came out and Philip got gradually wetter and wetter with fewer and fewer clothes on! It was pretty cold and he came out blue!!
That afternoon I had a walk up to the castle and was amazed how peaceful it all was. (Parga by now had become busy, being the weekend before Easter). The views were stunning, down over the town, harbour and Valtos beach.It was wonderfully shadey after the warm climb up. I was fortunate to have the place to myself until walking back down I was caught up in a party of Americans from a boat. We got into discussion and they were in awe of us touring Greece in our own time. I expect they had to follow a strict itinerary.
That evening we invited a Dutch couple for drinks (from the campsite). They were in Greece for 2 months, looking for work and were a really interesting couple. They were in an equally elderly camper they had converted and it had a wood burning stove in it! Amazing.
We only ate out once in Parga (apart from souvlaki) as it was quite an expensive resort, plus we were on a limited budget. We kept a lot of restaurant receipts from this holiday and comparing Parga with other areas it was well over the odds.
We enjoyed Parga off season, the beaches were beautiful and the town very attractive, built on a hillside. The Venetian castle is well worth a visit and seperates Valtos Beach from Parga.
Do not come to Parga in high season without having pre- booked accommodation. A lot is taken up with package holidays.
There are two banks for exchange facilities, both with ATMs.
Parga has a bus service.
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- Pros:Picturesque,lovely views.
- Cons:Too popular
- In a nutshell:An excellent place to visit out of season if you don't like crowds
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