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Parga, located on the coast of the Greek mainland north of Levkas, is an attractive small village tucked under the Venetian castle to the east of the bay of Ormos Valou. The castle dates from the 14th century and was pivotal in the protection of the Venetians’ trade route bringing spices, silks, precious metals and stones back to Venice.

Parga was said to be the ‘eye and ears of Corfu’. The village straggles up the hillside and is sometimes referred to as ‘the pine-cone’ as the houses look like the seeds of a cone. Parga offers good shopping for provisions and there are numerous bars and restaurants. In peak season it can get pretty busy. The Castello Taverna in the village and Kosta’s Taverna near the castle both have good food and the views out over the bay from the latter are worth the climb. There are two lovely bays on either side of the village.

Ormos Valou is popular in summer and has jet-skis and paragliding and a string of bars and restaurants dotted along the magnificent beaches. At Nisis Panayia there is a pretty chapel and the remains of a small Venetian fort that are worth a look – you can row over from where you anchor your Parga yacht charter in the bay.



  • You can anchor in the eastern half of the bay in approximately 4 metres (13 feet) of water. The bottom is a mixture of mud, rock and weed and the holding is not universally good. Alternatively, you can anchor in nearby Ormos Valtou.

To Do:

  • Explore the Venetian castle
  • Visit the Ecclesiastical Museum in the city centre
  • Hang out on the beach


  • Bars and restaurants
  • Provisions