Valtos beach is a 15-minute walk from Parga. In order to reach it, you should climb the hill where the Venetian fortress is, and from there you can go downhill to the beach. This walk can be exhausting if you are not in a good shape or if it’s too hot outside, and if you think that this walk won’t be good for you, you can take a taxi boat to drive you to the beach. The one-way ticket price is 2e per person. Taxi boats depart every half an hour from 10:00-23:30, when the last boat returns from the beach. If you like to walk, we recommend that you go to this beach by foot, because along the way you can visit the fortress which has beautiful view of Parga and the Valtos beach.
Valtos beach is more than 1km long and it’s quite wide, especially in the middle. It is gravelly, but when you enter the water there are tiny pebbles and after those the ground is sandy. The sand is finer on the left side of the beach. The sea is deep after 10 steps, so you should take care of children because there is no long shoal.
The beach is clean and the most of it is covered with sunbeds and parasols. There is space for those with their own equipment on the both sides of the beach. Along the beach you will find two mini-markets where you can buy drinks or food for more affordable prices than in those that are located near the beach. Also, during the day you will see the vendor with drinks in a small fridge, whose prices are very affordable.
The prices for renting sunbeds and parasols vary from bar to bar.
The most popular bar on the beach is Tango Beach Club, which also has a big pool available to guests who buy drink or food. This bar has a little bit higher prices. The most affordable bar is Captain’s Bar next to pontoon where the price of two sunbeds and umbrella is 7e with two drinks included (information from 2016). Prices range is from 8 to 15e per set, without drinks. Of course, the most expensive cafes provide other benefits such as strongbox with umbrella, large clean toilets, showers, changing rooms, serving food on the beach, etc.
At the peak of the season the beach can be very crowded, but even then the water is very clear and transparent, and when the season ends, the beach Valtos represents the great contrast to the busy and noisy Parga. The beach is more crowded during the weekend when the locals also come to visit. It is better to avoid going to Valtos then, an instead you could visit the beach Lichnos, which is excellent choice, because it is more peaceful and also close to Parga.
From the beach, you can walk uphill to the fortress or to the monastery which is located on the opposite side of the hill. You can also visit the small church on the beach.
Along the beach there are lot of taverns with beautiful gardens and sea view, but also the accommodation facilities. Restaurants and cafes on this beach have slightly higher prices than the ones in Parga.
At the peak of the season you can have hard time finding a parking place, but since it is very close to Parga, it is better to come by foot or by taxi boat.