Between the two attractive towns of Parga and Sivota on the coast of Epirus, are mile upon mile of lacy coast and tiny bays, sandy and pebbly beaches, green hills and emerald waters. You’ll find water sports and submarine adventures, beach bars, hotels and rooms to let to plan your perfect summer holiday. The postcard imagery is completed by the castle of Parga lording it over shops, restaurants and ouzo bars. Not too far away you can trek down the Acheron River and visit the oracle at the Necromanteion of Ephyra.
What to do in Parga and Sivota
A beach just for you
All you need is a motorboat to discover and enjoy the succession of beaches hidden in the tiny bays between Parga and Sivota. Here are just a few of their names: Ai-Giannakis, Ai-Sostis, Valtos, Kryoneri, Lyhnos, Pogonia, Sarakiniko, Agia Paraskevi, Arillas, Gallikos Molos, Diapori…
The castle of Parga
On the hill above Parga, the castle looks down on it all. Walking through its vaulted corridors, battlements and gun rooms you’ll hear its tumultuous history. This impressive attraction was built in the 14th century by the Normans, destroyed by the Ottomans, rebuilt in 1572 by the Venetians and restored by Ali Pasha in 1814. Open all day, it should be high on your list.
The island feel of Parga
Parga will make you feel as if you are actually on an island thanks to its waterfront location, picturesque alleys and island architecture. The charming town spreads up the hill in front of and below the castle. In the summer it is very popular and its luxury resorts, rooms to let, restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars fill up with visitors. None of these are far from the centre, making Parga an ideal holiday destination for all.
The popular resort of Sivota in Epirus
Sivota became famous back in the sixties and various celebrities, such as Guy Laroche, built their summer villas here. It’s time you too discover this picturesque fishing village whose name means “where the pigs graze” in ancient Greek.
Images of Parga and Sivota
Hidden gems of Parga and Sivota
The Necromanteion of Ephyra
Near the village of Mesopotamos is one of the most exceptional surviving oracles of the ancient world. A must see attraction in the area.
The abandoned village of Vrahonas
On the mountain east of Sivota is a hidden plateau holding the remains of the abandoned but picturesque village of Vrahona, consisting of some 50 stone houses in various stages of collapse. The ruins of a prehistoric acropolis add to the weight of history you’ll feel.
Trekking the Acheron valley
According to mythology, the shades of the dead inhabited this valley. Hermes, in his guise as guide of the dead, and Charon would lead the shades down the Acheron River and the Lake Acherousian to Hades. Nowadays, only the call of the wild inhabits the valley, inviting you to come river trekking down the Acheron. You start at the village of Glyki, about 40km from Igoumenitsa. The landscape is uniquely charged, and your holiday experience will remain unforgettable.