How is it September already? August flew by and so is September (partly because I had a lovely two week holiday) but unlike most, I am not ready to give up summer just yet! Here I give a little insight into my recent two week holiday with my family to the lovely Greek seaside place of Parga Town.
Now you may (or may not) recognise Parga as a place that I have already written about here on Aimsy’s Antics, and you would be correct. I visited last year, and it was one of the reasons I started the blog, as well as my first travel blog post. You can check it out here – My first time visiting Parga. (The writing might not be the best and I debated changing the post, but its good to see how your writing style develops, right?!) I loved the Town and knew my family would love it too, so we headed to the travel agents. Yes, I know a slightly
Where we stayed in Parga Town:
I will get right into the details of the trip. We originally booked through Monarch, but we all know how that story ended, so it was back to the drawing board for a good deal to my beloved Parga Town.
We eventually found a good deal with Olympic Holidays staying in self-catering studios a 10-minute walk from Parga Town centre. The studios of our choice being Aliki Studios, a small family run complex.
The studios have a two-star rating on Olympic, and yes they are typically Greek, but they were fab! Aliki (one of the owners) cleaned and tidied the room every day apart from Sundays when she had a day off (I think). She always has a big smile on her face and is ever welcoming when you see her. She was bright and bubbly at 3 a.m. in the morning when we arrived from our dreaded evening/night flight.
The room I had was a decent sized studio room with a kitchenette, a bathroom, two beds and a small balcony. The beds are fairly comfy to sleep on and were always made up by Aliki. She even made the towels into something interesting; mine in the shape of a boat. We had booked three rooms, with them all being on the same floor. There was also a shared balcony on the floor we were on, which was perfect for get-togethers in an evening.
Unfortunately there is not a pool at Aliki Studios, however, there are several pools to use around the area. We used two different pools during our two-week trip. One of these can be found at Elena Hotel, a lightly bigger complex with a large pool and pool bar. The other we used is at Lambrini Studios, a slightly smaller pool, but another family run small complex. This was also approximately a 5-10 minute walk away from Aliki rather than the directly opposite Elena.
What we did during our two weeks:
We did quite a few things during our two weeks in Parga Town, some of which I will be putting into another post so stay tuned for that. We did the usual holiday things like chill around the pool and heading to the local town beach for a few beach days. There were also a great number of restaurants and tavernas around Parga that we tried. You can’t beat lots of yummy Greek food, can you?! Oh, not forgetting the wonderful cocktails we sampled too!
One of the best things about Parga town is their water taxis, which open up the options of beaches to choose from. The water taxis are greatly priced, with us paying no more than €12 return. I loved all of the beaches we visited and was happy that we got to visit one of my favourites from my last trip; Sarakiniko beach.
Tours / Excursions:
I had planned to visit Meteora, where there are monasteries built up into the rock faces. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do this, even though we were there for two weeks. I wasn’t very organised in booking the trip, and it was actually nice to explore Parga Town a bit more, as well as relax. This place is still on my list to visit, so hopefully one day I will.
One thing we did get to do though was taking the Parga Train to Ali Pasha castle. Choosing the ‘sunset’ and the last tour of the day to do so. The views here were lovely, with Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu in the distance. The old castle is mainly still intact and you can explore it in the time allotted for the train journey. All in all, it is a 2 hour round trip. The guide is great and will tell you various facts and history relating to the castle.
Going back to food, there is a tonne of restaurants and tavernas in and around Parga Town, and you will definitely need several trips to try them all. I am going to do a separate post with my top ones to try from my two visits. Rather than list the places we tried, here are a few photos of some of the meals we had:
August 15th Celebrations
During the time we were in Parga Town, the August 15th Celebrations happened. Known as assumption day or ‘Dekapentavgoustos’ It is the Greek Orthodox celebration The Virgin Mary. This is a big deal in the Orthodox calendar, and there are always lots of festivities wherever you visit in Greece.
Aliki informed us that we should visit the harbour to experience the celebrations that night. We decided to split our time between the studios and the harbour that night, as you had to make reservations in advance in the tavernas due to the high population of people that would be descending on the town. So, we had a lovely meze on the shared balcony before heading down to watch the live music, making it back to the studios in time to watch the fireworks.
There were all sorts being sold along the harbour, and we just had to buy one of the light up balloons for my niece. It is basically a clear balloon with battery operated lights wrapped around. They would be great for parties!
It feels like this holiday was so long ago now (again, I am ever organised with writing timely blog posts). We had a great time, and it was just nice to relax as a family.
So there was a quick overview of my two-week trip to Parga!
Stay posted for a few other blog posts on various aspects of my trip to Parga Town. Also, check out my Instagram for other photos not posted on here.
Did you have a lovely two week trip away? Have you visited Parga Town before? Let me know in comments below!
As always thanks for reading,