From the moment we arrived, and greeted by the lovely owner Fortini (who we nicknamed Julie Waters - and if you meet her you'll know why!) and her daughter Zoe, we just loved the place. The apartments are spacious and very clean, with full catering equipment, including fridge, oven/grill, toaster and kettle (can this really be Greece?). The outside areas are kept spotless, as is the pool/bar area, and they can't do enough for you - on my birthday the cleaner even left me a bunch of flowers. Safety deposit box is 10 euros a week. We kept our room for the afternoon of the last day and it cost 20 euros, well worth it we thought. I can't not mention the cats and kittens, of which there are many, and most of the cats were pregnant and due to have more babies very soon.
Yes, the apartments are at the top of a steep hill and you do get very out of breath and very hot by the time you get to the top, but that did not stop us enjoying ourselves. We thought that, after 2 weeks, we'd get fitter and get up it more quickly, but drinking so much wine and smoking so many cigarettes didn't help!! We only gave in to a taxi once (4 euros). They tell you about the shortcut to the beach/harbour through the olive groves, but don't try this route coming back as it's harder going than the main road. People have mentioned traffic noise in their reviews, but we didn't find it a problem at all (and we had our balcony door open all night too).
Parga is a very pretty and very Greek, compared to other places, with lots of good tavernas, supermarkets, bakeries and shops (though the shops are very expensive). The shops are most up the winding, narrow streets of the town and we only visited them once, which was enough.
There is a supermarket 5 minutes downhill from the apartments, but we used to go to the BP garage supermarket further down the hill (where we found a very good bottle of rose wine for 3.95 euros (I thInk it was called Tzatzeri).
Just opposite the apartments is Eden Taverna (next to the Adams resort) and can recommend that for a good meal and good wine. Would also recommend Dokos Taverna (just pass the BP garage) as your first port of call, as their menu is very good and reasonably priced. Golfo (on the pebbly beach) is also good (run by Mikey, a Greek who lives in Sutton), as is the Krioneri Taverna (also just off the pebbly beach), where you will be served by Illias and the meals are cooked by his Mum/Dad - her pastistio is one of the best we've ever had in Greece - and the grilled octopus some of the most tender! I asked her one day if she could make me Rizogolo (rice pudding) and bless her she had it ready for me the next day; their house wine is also very good (the white is like a pinot) and the cheapest we found in all the tavernas we frequented. Yannis Taverna is another good one and where we enjoyed a couple of good meals (Yannis is a great guy to chat to). As we had seen 5 Senses reviewed by someone on Trip Advisor, my friends took me there for my birthday; it was a lovely meal and slightly different to most Greek tavernas in Parga, but I would only go there for a treat as it is more expensive and the portions are small.
The town beach is adequate, and we spent most days there (sunbeds 3 euros each, parasol 2 euros). The pebbly beach we went to once, but they were a rip off on prices - only wanted sunbeds but they charged us for a parasol too. Do get the water taxi round to Lichnos beach (8 euros return), it's miles better (and go to the Lichnos Village taverna at the far end to the left as it was brill), and where 2 sunbeds and a parasol will only cost you 6 euros.
Go on the little train up the mountain to visit Ali Pasha's castle - 2 hour visit (stopping at the castle for half-hour and a taverna on way back for drink) for only 8 euros. There's another train trip to the watermill (7 euros), but we didn't do that so can't comment on it.
All in all, we 4 had a marvellous holiday in Parga and would thoroughly recommend it if you like a quiet time with friendly Greek people in very picturesque surroundings. I'd definitely return.
- Also Known As:
- Zozefina Apartments Hotel Parga