Parga and Sivota Islands Cruise with BBQ from Corfu
Durations: 10 Hour(s)
Group Size: 1+
The Parga & Sivota Islands Blue Laggon Cruise is the best way to experience the beautiful coast of mainland Greece.
The Parga & Sivota Islands Blue Lagoon Cruise is the best way to experience the beautiful coast of mainland Greece.
First, our departure from the port of Corfu gives a unique view of the Old Town, its two overlooking Venetian fortresses, the Kanoni peninsula and the palace of Mon Repos, where Prince Phillip was born.
Heading south, parallel to the mainland, we pass the capital city of the Thesprotia region, Igoumenitsa, the small fishing village of Plataria and the Sivota Islands, where the ship enters the breathtaking cave of Sivota. During the Second World War, the Greek submarine â€śPapanikolisâ€ť was hidden here beneath the lighthouse.
Then we visit Parga, a large picturesque village with island architecture blessed with a rich eventful history, rare physical beauty, interlaced beaches, emerald water, calm bays, olive groves, a healthy climate, romantic side streets, and pathways whose two- and three-storey houses form an amphitheatre beneath the imposing remains of a Venetian castle.Â
Do not miss the chance to explore the Venetian castle, whose main building houses a photo exhibition of ancient Parga. As you might expect, the castle also offers some stunning views over Parga and the Ionian Sea. The castle was built by residents in the 11th century to protect their town from both the pirates and the Turks. Parts of the castle were demolished by the Ottomans in 1452. The Venetians started to rebuild it but before the work could be completed it was demolished again in 1537 by the Ottoman admiral Barbarossa, who razed the fortress and the houses inside. For the third and last time, a stronger, impregnable castle was finally rebuilt in 1819.
Opposite the castle, at the entrance to the port, there is a small island dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with a church and several medieval Venetian and French buildings. Every summer, on 15th of August, the port hosts the famous Varkarola â€“ a magnificent celebration dedicated to the Pargians who returned to Parga from Corfu.
As afternoon comes around, you will have the chance to stroll through the wonderful narrow streets, discover the many interesting curios shops, and have lunch at one of the traditional seafront tavernas or enjoy swimming to one of the three beaches of Parga.
About 15 kilometres from Parga is antiquityâ€™s most important oracle,Â the Oracle of Acheron. The ancient Greeks believed that the springs of Acheron were the gates to the Underworld.
On the way back to Corfu, we sail around the historical small islands of Sivota, where the great naval battle between the Corfiots and the Corinthians took place in the summer of 432 B.C. Many of the vessels sunk in the fighting are still there at the bottom of the sea. Soon afterwards, we arrive at the picturesque Blue Lagoon bay, where historians say the Arabian pirates moored their ships in the Middle Ages. We drop anchor close to the beach, and you will have the opportunity to swim in the lagoonâ€™s exotic blue waters.
During your trip, you can enjoy the sun and help yourself to refreshments, which may be purchased from the bar.Â
- Multilingual professional guiding on board
- Transfers from / to your hotel (if option is selected)
- Visit Parga and the Venetian Castle 2,5 - 3 hours free time
- Â Includes BBQ on board - souvlaki, salad and tzatzikiÂ
- Enter the cave of Syvota and swim in the Blue Lagoon
- All taxes and feesÂ
- Any Private Expenses
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not stroller accessible
- Not suitable for pets
- Infants must not sit on laps
- Infant seats unavailable
- Traveler pickup is offered (if option is selected). You will be informed on the exact time and location after your booking.Â
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
- Bring sunglasses & sunscreen
- You can bring bathing suit and towels so you can swim
- You can bring a cameraÂ
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 24 hours or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 1000 days or less before event