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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Parga

When to go

Located along mainland Greece's northwestern coast, those enjoying holidays to Parga are unsurprisingly treated to a typical Mediterranean climate. This means the region sees long, warm summers and mild winters. Temperatures reach their peak in July and August with highs of 30°C, and even after nightfall remain above 20°C, making the decision to stay out at the wide range of restaurants and bars scattered along the harbour that much easier. January is Parga's coldest month, with lows of 9°C, and December is the wettest – though that isn't saying much. Parga receives only minimal rainfall, though it's always a good idea to pack an umbrella in case of the odd shower.

Like many sunny destinations, life in Parga slows down in the winter and picks up again in the summer. For the widest array of activities, visiting in the high season is your best option. There are benefits to making the journey here in low season though, such as the sparser crowds and the chance to snap up cheap package holidays to Greece. As a bonus, every summer Parga – part of the larger region of Pargina – plays host to the cultural festival known as the Pargina Festival, where crowds are entertained with plays, concerts and art exhibitions.

Health and safety

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and your family on holidays to Greece. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Greek nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you're visiting Parga specifically to take part in sports - including hiking - or water sports you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Greece but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.

Getting around

To get into Parga, the closest airport is at Preveza. From there, it's about an hour's drive into the region – you can hop on a bus at the airport, or choose to hire a car and make your own way in. Parga is, however, a relatively small area and therefore most destinations can be reached by foot. Unless you're planning to venture farther throughout mainland Greece, you probably won't need your own set of wheels. There are also bus services into cities like Athens, Igoumenitsa and Ioannina, as well as a ferry service to Corfu.

For a little extra adventure during Parga holidays, you can rent bikes and scooters as well. Regular water taxi services are available to take you from the region's harbour down to Lichnos and Valtos Beach, both of which are only a short ride away.

Advice for travellers with children

Parga is typically a destination for holidaygoers over 30 hoping to take advantage of cheap Greece holidays, but that's not to say children aren't welcome. Aside from the beaches, watersports and a mini golf course, there isn't a huge assortment of specifically child-friendly activities. However, if your little ones are up for an adventure, there's a Venetian castle high up on the coastal path that makes for fantastic outings, as well as boat tours and a tourist train.

In terms of hotels, you'll want to make sure you stay close to the Parga harbour, as the further you go out, the more expensive it gets to travel between towns – you'll have to take a taxi or water taxi, or hire a car, as walking becomes particularly testing under the summer sun.

Electricity

Connector type: Generally round two-pin plugs

Voltage info: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz

Emergency information

Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.

British Consulate

There is no British Consulate in Parga – the closest outlet of the British government is at its office in Athens. It can be reached via telephone from Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 15.00.

Address: 1, Ploutarchou str, 10675, Athens, Greece

Email: information.athens@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: (+30) 210 7272 600

Hospitals

Though there are individual doctors in Parga, the nearest hospital is in Preveza.

General Hospital of Preveza

Selefkias 2, Preveza

Telephone: (+30) 2682 361330