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“Brilliant Zozefina!”

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Zozefina Apartments
Ranked #7 of 50 Parga B&B and Inns
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“Brilliant Zozefina!”
Reviewed 2 July 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

Excellent hosts tranquil setting hill is ok going down but get a taxi back. service superb in basic accommodation .this is the second time in Greece that the owners have stopped what they were doing to see you off when you leave , the best in Greek hospitality .

  • Stayed July 2010
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

Just returned from a great one week stay in Parga of which the accommodation at the Zozefina apartments was a highlight. Spiros, Fortini and Zoe are a lovely and hardworking family who go out of their way to ensure that you have receive a warm welcome (no matter what time you arrive!) and a pleasant stay. Rooms are well equipped and are cleaned daily. Pool area is very pleasant, in fact so pleasant we didn't leave it for 2 days! There is a walk into Parga of 15 mins duration maximum, but it is shaded and has lots of interesting distractions on the way and we never found it to be a problem, though once or twice we got a Taxi from the centre of town to Zozefina which cost 4 euros. We definitely be going back.!

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

This was our 3rd visit to parga ,and our 2nd stay at the zozefina an absolute cracker of a hotel just on the outskirts of the resort.

Stelios ,Fortina and zozefina (Zoey to her friends) are the nicest people you could ever wish to meet ,this is a family run outfit and they are a very hard working family but always with a smile and ready to help out if they can.

The hotel it's self although small is kept pristine ,set in olive groves and a wonderful mountainous surroundings,the family keep the the gardens beautiful.

The rooms are quite adequate two large singe beds ,a settee ,small cooker ,fridge ,kettle ,tv,the rooms are cleaned every day and the whole place has very laid back atmosphere to it .

The pool area is also a cracking little sun trap and can get very hot , you'll also see stelios cleaning the pool most mornings if your up early enough ,and although his english is not the best he will have a conversation usually in greek but he some how gets his point across and is always ready to give a warm welcome, you'll go home feeling you've known him for years.

This hotel really is the little hidden gem of parga and if you've booked it you've booked a cracker of a holiday.

Eating out

we tried a few of the restaurants around the resort,but our personal favorite was gianni stamina on the back road into the harbour ,we found our selves comparing his food to everywhere else we went.
the meatball's were the best i've ever had.

we'd also recommend the fried feta cheese and vine leaves and the stuffed pepper's are superb,
I,d also highly recommend the mixed grill and a platter for 2 cost an amazing 16 euro but it's a lot of food so i'd advise leaving the starter,but my wife highly recommends the ice cream.

we also found yannis's prices very good also ,I'd highly recommend the house wine and although cheap it tasted very good after about the 3rd glass but be careful it's rocket fuel and will creep up on you and hit you like thunder.

we also tried the restaurant next to the castle(castelia) we thought it very poor value and 2 mains with a greek salad and 2 drinks came to just over 40 euros although the views from the restaurant were very nice, with mains and starters and drinks we never paid more the around 25 euros at yannis's and we felt the food was much better .

yannis himself is always there to advise and is very friendly and willing to have a chat ,even when you bump into him in parga town were he runs his shop the olive tree.

A bit further before yannis coming from the josefina you'll find the 5 senses restaurant it looks very expensive from the outside but although a bit dearer than yannis it was actually quite reasonable the food we tried was the lamb chops and chicken souvlaki.

The sovaki was very good and there was plenty of it ,my wife was a bit overwhelmed when her dish arrived with 5 chops and they weren't small these were served with fries and salad,and with drinks came to around 27 euro.

travel

We hired a car for 3 days with the initial intention of doing a bit of sight seeing but after travelling to sivota and then realising the petrol was 1.80euro a litre we decided this may become very expensive the car was hire over the internet around 30 euros a day.

The cheapest way of getting around was on scooter but unless your experienced i'd discourage this as dodging pedestrians ,cars ,and other scooters can be a bit hairy at times.

carl(onassie) and sandra liverpool

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2011

We stayed at The Zozefina Apartments, Parga, Greece, once again, from 22-29th May.
We have stayed at The Zozefina on previous occasions and have to say, this visit was the most special of all. We took our son and his girlfriend with us this year, (as it was his 21st Birthday). As usual, Spiros, Fortini and Zoe were there to welcome the arrival of all the guests. We had superb ground floor rooms, with large patio areas and we were surprised to see not only had the apartments been completely painted inside and out; the flowers and shrubbery looked absolutely magnificant and we noticed the new decor of stylish bed linen, throws, voiles and brand new mosquito panels. We have never faulted the apartments before, as they have always been well maintained and clean, but this time, everythng was immaculate and just pristine. It all looked so fresh and it's great to see how much pride Fortini takes with the accommodation and lovely grounds. All four of us, could not fault a single thing. We had a wonderful time. Wonderful weather, fab service and food, which was cheap and plentiful at the Zozefina. Spiros, Fortini and Zoe work very hard and we absolutely love them to bits. We took some lovely photos at the Zozefina and will add them shortly for you to view. All we can say, is the accommodation is spotlessly clean, light, airy, private and well equipped. We ate at the Five Senses Restuarant in the evening on many occasions, which was second to none and wined and dined at the Castle and The Captains Bar. It was just a perfect holiday and we simply could not fault a thing. We walked down to Parga every morning and evening and just had an amazing week. We've looked at many places in Parga, but we've fallen in love The Zozefina; it's like a home from home to us. Would just like to say as well, we met some lovely people at the complex, who were also on our flight from Gatwick; it was their first visit and we understand they really enjoyed their stay. It's an excellent place to stay if you want to unwind and enjoy the tranquility, surrounded by a great family, who are never in your face, but always working hard and wanting to please their guests. Zoe makes the best cappucino & toasted sandwiches in Parga! We've only been back in the UK a day....and we are missing Spiros, Fortini, Zoe & The Zozefina Apartments already. Just going to book again to return in September....and of course, we'll be there again in May 2012. Excellent value - you can't go wrong :-).

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

we have just returned from a week here. parga is lovely and so are the appartments. really good value for money, The staff could not do enough for us. The greated us the evening we arrived and waved us off when we left. The rooms are very spacious with cooking facilities and cleaned everyday. The cleaner even folded our PJ's every day.
We had to leave the room by 11am and the flight was in the eveing. We could pay to kep on the room or the staff let us stay around the pool and use the communal showers and changing rooms at the pool.
the appartments are about a 20 min walk to the habour however this was never a problem there is shorter cut through the olive groves which is nice.
The appartmenst are basic but with everything you need, TV, kitchen, Fridge, balcony. snacks and drinks can be purchaised at pool bar . The staff even took in some abandonded kittens whilst we there.
Great time overall and would recomend

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2011

We have stayed at the Zozefina Apartments three times and adore it.

You get so much more than what you pay for. Yes, the rooms are basic, but are spacious, airy and spotlessly clean. The bedrooms are large, the kitchen area is spacious and the bathroom is also large. The ground floor apartments have patio areas, which are private and spacious and the first floor apartments have spacious balconies, with table and chairs, which are private. The rooms are solid; there is no noise from the neighbours and we have certainly never heard any traffic noise, when visiting for the past three years in the month of May.

The owners, Spiros and Fortini are wonderful. They work very hard and are friendly.
They keep the entire complex spotless. The pool area is clean and relaxing and Fortini does a superb job with all the beautiful flowers, plants and pots, which really make the grounds look pretty.

The kitchen facilites are fine and the location of the Zozefina is second to none.
The Zozefina are located in the quiet and sleep Olive Groves, which is perfect; away from all the hustle and bustle. The walk into Parga is only 10 minutes, (all downhill). You can either take a walk down a track, which is scenic and pretty or there is a large, wide, marbled pavement, which runs adjacent to the main road (which we have never found to be busy). Both routes are enjoyable and safe and it takes no time all to reach the beach. In fact, we enjoy the stroll in the mornings - it's nice to get some excercise.
We sometimes walk back, calling into the little supermarkets on the way back to the Zozefina, or when it's darker, we get a taxi, which are always easy to get from the sqaure in Parga centre and the cost is minimal! So we have never found the location of the Zozefina Apartments to be a problem for us.

We have visited twice as a couple and have also taken our teenage sons, who loved it here. We usually go to Dubai and the Maldives and we wanted to take time out relaxing in a quaint St Ives type place and we have fallen in love with both Parga and Lefkas.

You cannot beat the Zozefina if you want a relaxing, chilled out holiday, experiencing the real Greek culture. Every credit to the owners - for what you pay - this holiday is magical.

I recommend in the Green Tea Room in Parga, for a morning breakfast or midday snack - it's gorgeous. There is also a wonderful bakery on the way down from the Zozefina, towards the Harbour Beach.

The Zozefina is idylic and we are looking forward to staying here again in 2011, where we totally chill out and enjoy beautiful Parga - this time, we are taking friends with us.

Recommended to all. 10/10.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Zozefina Apartments
Address: Agios Gerasimos, Parga 480 60, Greece
Region: Greece > Epirus > Preveza Region > Parga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Parga
Number of rooms: 15
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