The boat trip to Parga includes:
- Transportation in air-conditioned coach with a driver (If you have your own transportation and wish to purchase ticket only without our transfer, please contact us directly).
- Pick-up and transfer from your resort to the boat and return
- Visit to Parga, Sivota and Blue Lagoon on the Greek Mainland
- Time for swimming and free time for dining and/or shopping
A day cruise to Parga and Sivota from Corfu is a truly unique way to explore this stunning blue and gold coastline.
As the boat departs from Corfu Port leaving behind the Old Town, the Fortresses that have protected the island for centuries, Kanoni Peninsula and the Palace of Mon Repos, it will head south passing the busy port Igoumenitsa, the quaint fishing village of Plataria and into the small islands of Sivota, where you will experience sailing inside the stunning Cave of Sivota, before reaching Parga.
Parga has scenery that makes you think it is an island.
The colourful houses rise up into the hillside that surrounds the bay. It has an interesting history; invasions by the Venetians, who considered Parga to be a bridge between Turkish occupied Greece and Venice, the French and the British, who sold the town to Ali Pasha, the despot ruler, or ‘Pasha’ of Rumelia, the European Territories of the Ottoman Empire. All land and businesses became the property of the Turks, which continued until 1913 when Parga became part of Greece.
The Castle of Parga overlooks the town. The first was built by the residents to protect them from pirates and bandits in the 11th Century and over time was destroyed and rebuilt a few times. In the 16th Century, the Venetians added to and fortified the structure. There are some interesting details to be found; The Lion of Venice can still be seen above the entrance, emblems of Ali Pasha’s rule, the twin-headed eagle, plus a secret path down to the beach. It also has plenty of information about ancient Parga, plus sensational views of the town below and the Ionian Sea. There will be time to stroll through the winding, narrow streets to chance upon some interesting boutiques or have some lunch in a seafront taverna or swim and have a picnic on the beach.
As the afternoon progresses we will continue our journey and sail through the small islands of Sivota, sometimes called the Ionian Fjords.
Fierce sea battles between the Corfiots and Corinthians took place in these waters in 432BC, prior to the start of the Peloponnesian War that lasted for 30 years. Relics of the sunken vessels are still found at the bottom of the sea today.
Sivota is a typical marina village. The teal waters that surround the coast complement perfectly the perfect pebble beaches and lush green landscape. There will be time to explore and discover what attracts many sailing yachts during the summer months.
The last stop on our voyage of discovery is the Blue Lagoon, where, historians say, during the Middle Ages Arabian pirates moored their ships whilst planning raids along the coast. The boat will drop anchor here giving you the chance to swim in the translucent water of this picture-perfect bay.
Drinks and snacks may be purchased from the onboard bar.