In true Welsh style, we’ve welcomed half term here with some rather miserable weather 😒☔️ ! This has resulted in me reminiscing about past holidays, and made me even more desperate to book a summer holiday soon so we can look forward to some guaranteed sunshine ☀️😎
Both Owen and I work in education, so we are limited to only going away in the school holidays. Obviously this can be a strain on the purse strings, as the majority of resorts frustratingly hack up their prices during the summer months 😭
I consider myself to be rather thrifty and a major bargain hunter, so this can cause a few issues when trying to find somewhere lovely to go at a reasonable price!
We’ve been very, very lucky in the past, finding amazing holiday bargains to some beautiful places.
In 2014, after seeing this post on Twitter (from an account I can’t remember, sorry!) of the picturesque seaside town of Parga in Greece, I just knew I HAD to go there! 😍
I’d never heard of Parga before, nor seen a place that looked so bloody lovely haha! So I had a little search to see how much it would cost to go there, and to my surprise it was super cheap! I managed to find us a 7 day holiday at the beginning of August in a lovely self catering apartment that had a gorgeous pool looking over the beach, with return flights from London for just £300 each. Seriously!! Note: I don’t know if I was just lucky with this deal, or if Parga is generally a reasonable price to visit.
We didn’t know much about Parga before we went, and spent hours researching things to do there. The town has been described as a small version of Skiathos, which I’m aware is a fabulous place to go on holiday, so I was certain we’d have a lovely time wandering the old streets and soaking up the sunshine.
Oh boy, Parga didn’t disappoint!!! 💕💕
The weather was perfect, the food was amazing, the people were friendly, and the town was BEAUTIFUL. I’d go back in a heartbeat!
The front boardwalk was full of glorious restaurants serving great value delicious food and the most amazing cocktails! We tried a different restaurant every evening, and not one disappointed. I will say, however, that portion sizes were quite large. Some people may love this but being little I can’t always manage a large meal, but this makes for great value for those with a larger appetite! 🍴
One evening I had lamb chops and chips as a treat (at home lamb is quite expensive, so I’d usually only have lamb chops on my birthday!), and out came 5 of the BIGGEST chops I’d ever seen, along with a mountain of chips which I had to pile half onto a side plate to dig in! 🐷
They were so yummy, and I think I managed to munch my way through 4 chops before feeling like I could pop haha. As for value for money, eating and drinking out was very reasonable. On average a meal each and 2 beers cost about £20, so we were very happy with that! 👍🏼
Having a self catering apartment was super handy, as we had a kitchenette which was ideal for making breakfast. One of the first places we visited when we got there was a supermarket to stock up on bottles of water and some snacks for the room.
I’d certainly recommend staying in this style of apartment if you were to visit Parga, as the variety of restaurants around was so vast and there were a handful of little supermarkets around to stock up on supplies.
One morning we went on a boat trip to Paxos Island, Anti-Paxos and Gaios. ⛵️ We paid €25 each for about a 5 hour excursion. The boat sailed out to the most incredible turquoise sea that I’ve ever seen to drop anchor so we could jump off and swim 😍
I will admit, the water was cold! 😂 But it was so exhilarating and an experience I’ll never forget. A definite highlight of the holiday for me!
After swimming, we visited the town of Gaios where we had a few hours to walk around and get some lunch before heading back to the boat. The town was rather small, but very traditional and lovely. Owen discovered that he doesn’t have the best sea legs haha, took him a few hours to recover from being at sea!
We spent plenty of hours at the beach of Lichnos, which was just beautiful. It was never overcrowded which was a bonus, and there were plenty of sun loungers to relax on (for a small fee of course). The sand was quite course, almost like small pebbles which I’m aware is very common in Europe. And the sea never came in… I did ask a geography teacher I work with why that was, and she did say, but I can’t remember the reasoning behind it! 🙈
Oh I so wish I was on that sun lounger right this second!! But instead I’m sat in my PJ’s with a glass of prosecco! Parga was a wonderful place, almost untouched by the big holiday companies. It has a real sense of ‘old’ Greece, with all the little twisting alley ways and beautiful buildings. And the cats!! How could I forget to mention cats?! There were so many strays walking around, but everyone treated them wonderfully. Was so lovely seeing so many little kitties around the place 😻
Anyway, I think that’s waaay more than enough rambling for one Sunday! 🙈😂
Hope you enjoyed reading about one of our many adventures 😊