Trip to Parga and Epirus by car
For traveling by car to Greece it is necessary to obtain a green card (still obligatory in the North Macedonia), while an international driving license is no longer necessary for Greece or Republic of Macedonia. It is quite easy to reach Epirus region because the route is quite simple, and the traffic signs are pretty understandable. Distance from Belgrade to Parga is about 950km and the journey takes about 10 hours.
The road through North Macedonia is quite simple, from the border crossing, it passes by city of Kumanovo to the capital of Skopje and stretches further to the south. After crossing the border, the highway (E75/1) is heading towards Athens. Excluding the standard equipment, no green card is required for entry, but for driving through Greece, it is necessary to have fire extinguishers and spare eyeglasses or lenses to those who need to use them in the ride.
Upon leaving the highway, the road continues in the direction of Thessaloniki. At the first exit for Thessaloniki and Edessa, you should continue to drive straight, and after 60 km from the border, at the first intersection, you should turn right towards newly built and very interesting motorway (E90/A2) which has 49 tunnels and leads to Epirus near the town of Veria.
After about 850km from Belgrade, the next important crossroad is near Ioannina. Those who go to Parga should continue right, while the travelers heading towards Preveza should choose a road that separates right and turns to the main road (E951) in the direction of Arta. Just in front of the turn to Arta on the right continues the road 21 that leads to Preveza, by the sea, through the city of Kanali.
From Ioannina to Parga you should continue through A2/E90 road which goes to Igoumenitsa. After 5km, follow the exit for Margariti/ Parga/Sivota/Perdika/Preveza and continue through A2/E90 road towards Igumenica another 95km until you reach the sign for turning left Lefkada/Plataria/Perdika/Preveza/Parga/Margariti and after 15km turn right at the sign Agia/Parga, from where you will still be 10 kilometers away from Parga.
About 50km shorter and slightly cheaper road is possible through Bitola, which after the border, at the crossing of Metzitili, leads right to Kozani, from where you should turn right for Ioannina. Regardless of mileage, this road is significantly slower, as compared to the first one there is a 150km shorter highway, so it extends the journey in about an hour.
Have a nice trip!
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