Situated on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, Parga is found on the northwestern coast of Greece, in the region of Epirus. Stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters lap its shores and colourful houses line its narrow streets. A place of natural beauty and rich history dating back to ancient times, it has Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman architecture; during the latter period, Parga was a centre of resistance against Turkish rule, before being liberated by the Greeks in the early 19th century. Do visit its 14th-century fortress built to protect the town from pirates and invaders, and the small museum within.
Parga Beach Resort
Surrounded by olive groves, Parga Beach Resort features buildings made from reclaimed stone outside and chic French styling inside. All bedrooms have a balcony or terrace and a minibar and pillow menu. There are four pools (somewhere between plunge and lap in size) including one for kids and one by the beach; watersports; a playground; and three places to eat and drink onsite. From the grounds, you can take the 20-minute stroll into town, or hop in a water taxi for a faster transfer. And Valtos Beach (dubbed ‘the diamond of Parga’) is right on your doorstep.
Racconto Boutique Design Hotel
Translating as “Fairytale”, Racconto is a magical escape, reserved exclusively for adults. There are eight bedrooms and three suites, with views of the Epirus Mountains. Stay here and you’ll be just 900 meters from the centre of Parga and steps from the sands. The public areas comprise a central swimming pool with a lounge cocktail bar/breakfast area and a meditation zone surrounded by olive trees, overlooking the swimming pool. iPads are available for guest use on request and bespoke excursions can be arranged. Breakfast here is a very special affair; each item tells a story from a nearby area or region. Racconto Boutique Design Hotel was recognised at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards, under the category of New Luxury Hotel of the Year.