10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good hotel in quiet surroundings
"Dracos is a beautiful hotel with clean rooms that has good balconies an a good view (if you choose a room that faces the swimmingpool). The shower is big, there's a fridge in each room and the airconditioning makes the temperature bearable at night. However the beds are quite hard to sleep on.
The breakfast was very boring so after the first day we bought our own and ate it at the balcony instead.
From the hotel there's a 20 minutes walk to the centre of Parga from where you can take boat taxis to several beaches.
Beaches: If you're looking for a quiet beach with very few people, go to Pogo. It's 15-20 minutes by boat - remember to bring food and water as there are no restaurants. At Valtos, Lichnos and Sarakiniko beach there are a lot of people but if that's not a problem to you, go.
Restaurants that my boyfriend and I highly recommend:
- 5 senses restaurant (very good food and wine, quiet and modern place close to Dracos).
- Sunset Club (the name doesn't really do it justice, it's a great and cozy restaurant with good food and service). The view is also incredible as it's situated on a hill top behind Parga city, you can see it from the harbour, it says 'international restaurant' in neon. We went there twice.
- Rudi's wine bar & restaurant (we went there twice and they have good food and good view from the roof garden at the harbour). It's advisable to reserve a table.
Restaurants that disappointed us:
- Castro, the restaurant just before the castle wasn't really what we've read and been told. The wine was good and so was the view, but the food wasn't tasty nor well prepared."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of August 2007
Up market Greek holiday
"Found this wonderful hotel through parga.net My wife said she had seen Parga in a brochure a few years ago and thought it looked really pretty. When we looked for accomodation we came across the apart-hotel Dracos which looked great. We checked it out on the trip advisor and the reports were generally favourable, the price was reasonable too. We were not disappointed, this place is fantastic. Everything is very well kept and exceptionally clean. The apartments are very spacious, we didn't pay any extra for the air-conditioning, and the bathroom is something to be seen - they've got a walk-in shower that's partitioned off, a bit like a wet room, a huge sink with a hairdryer and seperate loo and all this "in Greece". The pictures on the web site didn't do it justice. We told 'Dimitri' who owns the place he should change the pics. There was a lovely cross section of people staying at the Dracos who were all very friendly. The walk down to the centre of Parga took about 15 minutes. It's not steep - we'd call it a gentle slope but of course if you have walking difficulties you no doubt would say it was steep, however you can always get a taxi back. The 'front' around the small town beach and the harbour is a hive of activity in the evenings with only a couple of guys trying to get you into the tavernas on one corner but they certainly don't hassle you. There are no rowdy pubs. We were made up when we found out there was only one 'English' pub towards the back of the resort. We found the whole place really pleasant to be in. There are plenty of tavernas and bars a Chinese and also Italian along the front and some lovely places to eat in the narrow streets and alleyways behind. All in all Parga is a fantastic place for a more relaxed holiday. If you fancy a trip out, head up to the village of 'Anthousa' where you can go up to 'Ali Pasha's Castle' (on the train if you fancy a 2 hour excursion) and look down on Parga, the views are amazing. A visit to the 'Acheron' river at Gliki is a must, the walk through the gorge is brilliant. Also 'Sivota' a resort up the coast where you can call in on the small village of 'Perdika' with its lovely views and a pretty town square where all the locals meet.
We would recommend Parga as a brilliant place to holiday even with tremors from time to time and Dracos apart-hotel as a definate choice of accomodation."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of July 2007
"We spent a week at the Dracos, returning home 1 July, having been impressed with the reviews on this site. We booked direct with the hotel, paying 75 Euro for the room per night including breakfast (nothing spectacular - bread, jams, eggs, cereal, juice, Greek yoghurt - but what you'd expect and good value considering the price), paying 150 Euro as a deposit to secure the room. We got a suite on the first floor (room 107), overlooking the pool at the front of the hotel. The room was large and perfectly comfortable, with air con included in the rate and a very useful kitchen area, which we used to chill the essentials (beer and water!). The room was clean and well maintained - e.g. I think we got 2 changes of towels in the one week - as was the rest of the hotel: grounds, pool, etc. The pool was a very good size, and whilst we were there was not busy at all, with plenty of beds to go round (this may have been something to do with the 40 degree heat deterring sunbathing - it really was too hot between 12 and 4!). So hotel wise, having stayed at many places in Greece I would say this place is of a very decent standard;. Note that they are opening an extension next year - the new block, to the rear of the pool, is part built (but no building work - I'm sure they are saving that for the winter)
As for Parga itself, I'd say it was a very pleasant place. I understand the comment about it being a little bit tacky in some respects - the usual souviner shops, bars, tavernas, pizza places and dare I say even a Chinese - but you have to balance that with the more authentic places that are there if you venture away from the harbour front and in to the back streets. You can have a cheap kebab if you want (a Gyros - don't knock it until you've tried it ) but equally you can have a more grown up meal at Castello - the more 'upmarket' restaurant, aimed more at the sailing crowd - or venture to Taverna Stakis at the top of the hill on the castle side for a lovely family run restaurant. We went to each of these restaurants twice each, so I guess that would constitute a recommendation. Prices are very reasonable: typically 2.50 Euro for a large beer, 10-15 Euro for decent wine and a meal anything from 25 - 50 Euro for starters, main and drinks for two. Definitely good value compared to elswehere in Greece and indeed other European destinations. Note that my wife and I are 32 and 35, so you can gauge our comments in that context
It is true that you have guys trying to get you in to cxertain restaurants, but really this is only those on the very front. If you are unadventurous then maybe you will succmb to them. I'm not saying the food is any better or worse than elsewhere in the town, but why not take the less obvious choise and reward the guys on the backstreets. They get to recognise you and if you've kept politely declining then really they learn not to bother you - it's all good natured anyway - they have to compete to survive
It was busy in the last week of June but not overly so: I can imagine
that it perhaps gets a bit too busy in high season. And almost certainly very hot (upside is that it's lovel in the evenings - 25 degrees (bliss compared to the UK!)
One final tip: if you've got a car go to the gorge at Gliki, about half an hour or so inland. It's a beautiful river where you can paddle/wade (i.e. take your trunks/bikini) right up the river surrounded by great scenery. There's a taverna for lunch and it really is a great way to spend a few hours. The water is a bit cold in parts but believe me it's worth it. You'll find you can paddle for about 20-30 minutes then you have to swim for 10 meters or so to get to the next shallow bit, then you can keep going a lot further. Whatever you do, don't stop at this point - it will reward those willing to take the plunge! Gliki was a definite highlight of the stay
So all in all, if you want good weather, good food, friendly people and nice surroundings, and are willing to forgive the tacky edges, then I would say Parga hits the spot. Oh, and their was a minor earthquake/series of tremors whilst we were there, which was interesting!
Hope this was useful"
- Travel date: Sun 1st of July 2007
Peaceful, relaxing, charming....Loved the Dracos!
"Just got back form a heatwave in June, 41 degrees!!! However, the room was lovely and cool and didn't even need the air-con! When you arrive they tell you 40 euros for a weeks air-con, but you can bargain for a few days worth for much better price! We had room 3, which was lower ground, furthest on right. Was a great room, as very cool and had double the terrace area outside, of any other room, and next to lush grass and gdn! Very friendly cat with kitten, living just round corner, so always had a welcome couple of visitors at breakfast time.
Place was spotless, spacious and so quiet and relaxing. Although full, pool area never got that busy, and frequently myself and my partner had the pool all to ourselves to muck about in, swim and admire the mountainous backdrop, Ahhh...happy days!
The walk into Parga took 15 mins tops, and actually once at the waterfront, were surprised and dissapointed at how touristy it was! No end of tavernas and tacky bars, with guys outside hassling you to come in, not the picturesque traditional fishing town we'd imagined it would be. However, in the day, it really is quite different, and the colourful houses next to the castle and the boats on the water, make it rather beautiful. For the evenings, we avoided the hub of the seafront and stuck to the main backstreet, far prettier, better eateries, and much cheaper! Yannis taverna was our absolute favourite - great meals, and very welcoming. Must tell you about the best thing in Parga - The Bakery next to 'The Bird of Paradise'restaurant, just further along from Yannis's. The apple Pie is the best thing i've ever eatern and the chocolate milk and white log, to die for....you must try!!! PS Bird of Paradise restaurant is so funny, as, there sitting proudly in its cage, at the front entrance, is a very exotic looking, cockatiel! Last PS, Lichnos Beach, without a doubt, best beach in Parga, water taxi return, 7 euros, has shingle/sand at one end with great snorkelling, and stone at other with dramatic cliffs! Enjoy :-)"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of June 2007
Loved the Dracos
"We stayed at the dracos in september 2006.
The accomodation was outstanding, very clean,very modern,staff very helpfull,lovley views.
We travelled with a 5 month old baby this was ideal for us nice and quiet with a little baby pool , the apartments provided us with a cot and a ground floor room which was great..
The apartments are situated on a steep hill just off the main road so would not recomend for people with walking difficulties , we was ok with a pushchair gave us good excersise but i would recomend a torch for late night returns as very badly lit at night.
for lunch we recomend the irini studios they also do a fantastic greek night /bbq every friday good value for money.
evening meals there are loads of brill resturants on the harbour we went to a different one everynight and was never disapointed ."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of November 2006
One of our best holidays
"We've just spent a very relaxing week at the Drachos Apartotel in Parga, Greece. The weather contrary to that we expected and prepared for was excellent, sunny every day with temperatures of 23 -24C.
The apartments are presented to a very high standard with marbled floors throughout including the walls in the bathroom / wet room. The kitchen area is good enough to prepare simple meals but as commented by another reviewer a toaster would have been a welcome addition. The decor is simple but well executed with quality fittings throughout.
The grounds are very well maintained and again the quaility extends to the pool area with its marbled surround. It has a main pool and a childrens splash pool both absolutely spotless, with antislip surfaces to the waters edge.
The hotel is close to the top of quite a steep hill but not much worse that you will encounter in the alleys and backstreets of Parga. It is a relatively new development and puts an instant smile on your face as you arrive as its very well presented as you approach. In fact so much so that it was around the 3rd day before we realised that there was a final floor awaiting completion on one half of the building. The builders were due to move in as we left so this will be complete no doubt by next season.
Parga is a lovely town and even though we were there for the last week of the season we were able to find enough places to eat and drink. Zorbas on the corner was a favourite eatery with a very welcoming atmosphere and good food. The waterfront attracts young and old, both locals and tourists and there's a very pleasant and safe feel to the whole place. The greeks love children and its nice to see them being able to express themselves and being treated as individuals.
If you are a sun worshiper then the pool area and most of the verandas get the sun from early morning until the late afternoon. If you want the beach then its a 15 min walk down to the waterfront in Parga itself and another 15 if you want to get to the larger Valtos beach on the north side of the castle.
We chose to stay on our veranda or by the pool most of the time but the sea water is crystal clear and Lichnos beach a couple of miles south is truely amazing.
We hired a car for the last few days and toured the area, visiting the stunning views from the Zalogo monument, the impressive contructions at Kassopi and the azure blue waters of the Acheron springs, what a view from the top.
We were blessed with good weather so we saw the whole area including Lefkada island in its best light but without doubt the jewel of the coast is Parga and deservedly so."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of November 2006
"just arrived back from parga. what a lovely place...really restful week just what we wanted.. apartments were lovely. although the hill was a bit of a strain, but walked off our dinner every night.
lovely restarants included, birds of paradise and yannis, both on the back road.
we went by water taxi to valtos beach, which was lovely. the watersports (doughnuts, water ski, banana etc) were very reasonably priced and the kids got such a long go on them.!!
if you like pretty greece, excellent food, no hooligans but a bit of life parga is perfect for you.."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of August 2006
One of Parga's smarter properties
"The Drakos is a small and well kept complex which is a lovely place to relax. Having seen a lot of accomodation in Parga it seems that the Drakos is one of the newer and more modern properties. The bathroom and shower is excellent by Greek standards and the sheets and towels were very clean and new. Bright white and changed regularily! I dont cook on holiday but like a fridge but for those who want to actually "self-cater" it would be difficult. A toaster would have been handy for breakfast time.
The pool was very clean and so peaceful. All you can hear are the crickets in the olive trees.The complex doesnt have a pool bar or lunch restaurant but you can get drinks from the receptionist all day if you dont want to nip back to your room to get one!
The walk in to Parga is about 15-20 mins but in the heat and with no pavement it can be hard going. We had a five year old with us so much easier to drive. It is also up a steady hill alll the way back! We had a car for the whole time and would 100% reccommend one. You need to get down into Parga by 7.30pm in peak season to get a space though. Dont let any of that put you off, its just better to know before you go.
Parga itself is gorgeous. The beaches are mainly shingle but the water is cystal clear. We found Lichnos the nicest and was a 5 minute drive from the Drakos or you can get a water taxi from town.We found some really excellent restaurants. As much as I like Greek cuisine I dont want o spend 14 nights eating it! I like lovely presentation, proper linen (not paper) table cloths and very good food and obviously everyone has different ideas about what a nice meal is.
Try Rudis on the corner by the huge anchor on the harbour.Good food and nice touches like homemade garlic butter with your bread and breadsticks on the table. If you like Chinese then Shanghai is a good alternative. The best food by far was the Filomila restaurant. Walk up to the castle and turn right at the top just immediately before castle gates. Walk past the restaurants along the road about 150 metres and you will come to Filomila. There are flagpoles outside and a wonderful view of the sunset over Valtos beach. The whole menu is lovely but the desserts made it! Home made Creme Brulee, Chocolate Souffle and Chocolate Mousse and others. Most other restaurants offer Greek Yoghurt with honey or icecream!
Also go to the Cafe In The Castle and enjoy drinks overlooking Parga without the hustle and bustle of being down there. It was our favourite spot.
Parga is definatley worth a visit and theres not a neon light in sight but theres lots of Greek atmosphere without the tackiness of other holiday resorts. We loved it and would stay at the Drakos again."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of August 2006
Best Apartments in Greece
"We have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Dracos Aparthotel in Parga. We were very impresed by the apartments and the staff, which were very friendly and helpful. Apartments were very spacious, large walk in shower with Lux shower gel/shampoo and clean towels and bed linen every couple of days. The apartments were in a peaceful location set in well cared for gardens, the pool and sunbeds were cleaned every day. If you want good quality apartments in a paceful location you will not be dissapointed at the Dracos."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of July 2006
just the right place to have nice and excited holidays
"The hotel is located in really nice olive tree field, very quite and without much noise...The rooms are clean and with really taste decorated. The service descret and any time on your request but the breakfast is extra on price and not good as expected...
It's not really far from the main beach of Parga but car is necessary, if you are not a decicated walker, to approach the other beach of Parga Lichnos, or Valtos...But boats start all the time from the port so it's not hard at all...
In conclusion, Dracos apartotel, ---- ,is place where someone can have really nice and relaxed days"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of August 2005