In 2017 three major motorways were completed that have brought Parga much closer to Athens and Thessaloniki. Located on the western coast of Greece, lapped by the Ionian, Parga may be a mainland destination but it has a distinctly island feel. The picturesque town lends itself to pleasant strolls along its narrow streets that lead up to Parga’s castle with stunning views over the bay.

Here you can enjoy stays in boutique hotels and ouzo and seafood by the sea. Neighboring long sandy beaches mean you can always find a quiet empty stretch to spread out your beach towel for a dip in the Ionian, while Parga is also close to a number of archaeological sites including the temple of necromancy (the nekromanteion) next to the Acherontas river which was thought to be linked to the underworld in antiquity.

The springs of the same river are also a joy to behold – crystal clear waters flowing through a plane forest, or you can go for easy rafting and boat rides, or hike along the gorge the river flows through.