Parga is the only true resort in Epirus, the mountainous province of north west Greece. The countryside here remains green, fresh and unblemished throughout the summer. The natural surroundings are beautiful, with hills covered in olive, pine and cypress, which complement the indented coastline and wooded islets just offshore. With a car you can easily explore this unspoiled gem. It is an activity highly recommended by our representative, Debra, who shares her recent experiences in this blog.
Just as the sun begins to peak over the mountains we set off, the excitement of a road trip, a straightforward route towards and bypassing Ioannina took us up near this mountain wilderness of Zagoria, the anticipation of the unknown… the wondrous curiosity of seeing how the locals live is the intrepid discoverer in us all. Beautiful stone villages, unique and traditional, nestled in the mountains and part of the wild and natural beauty of the surrounding scenery. As we arrive it’s time for a coffee stop. The cafeterias take time and love to make you a coffee you can really enjoy and a piece of freshly made Karidopita, walnut cake or Portokalopita, orange cake, of course using natural ingredients from their own kitchens and gardens. Enjoy it, inhale the freshness of the mountain air and the background sounds of village life and keep an eye out for different species of birds circling the skies above the mountains.
In Monodendri there is a pathway to Agia Paraskevi, a small monastery, if you are very lucky you can see icons being painted by the monk there. Further on to the viewpoint and the views of The Vikos Gorge. Where you feel you are on top of the world and at one with nature! The serenity you feel up there is amazing. I loved my day in Zagoria and so easy to go by car from Parga and Sivota - I plan to return again soon.