Valtos beach is a 15-minute walk from Parga. In order to come to it, you should climb the hill where the Venetian fortress is, and than you should go downhill to the beach. This walk could 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 could take a taxi boat to drive you to the beach. The one-way ticket price is 2e per person. Taxi boats ride every half 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 could visit the fortress with the 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 gravel, but on the entrance to the water there are tiny pebbles and after them starts the sand. 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 it's cowered with the sunbeds and umbrellas. There is a free space for the ones with their own equipment on the both sides of the beach. Along the beach you will find two mini-markets where you could buy drinks or food for more favorable prices than the ones on the beach. Also, during the day you will see the vendor with the drinks in the small fridge, who sells for a very affordable prices.
Rental of sunbeds and umbrellas has a diffrent price from bar to bar. The most popular bar on the beach is Tango Beach Club, which also has a big pool available to guests with a bought drink or food. This bar has a little bit higher prices. The most favorable 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 like safe with umbrella, large clean toilets, showers, changing rooms, serving food on the beach, etc.
In the high season the beach could be very crowded, but even than the water is very clear and transparent. Out of the season the beach Valtos represents the great contrast to the busy and noisy Parga. The beach is more crowed during the weekend when the locals also come to visit. It is better to avoid going to Valtos then, so you could visit the beach Lichnos, which is excellent choice, because it's calmer and also close to the Parga.
From the beach, you could walk uphill to the fortress or the monastery on the hill on the opposite side. You could also visit the small church on the beach.
Along the beach there are a lot of taverns with a beautiful gardens with a sea view, but also the accommodation facilities. Restaurants and cafes on this beach have a bit higher prices than the ones in the Parga.
In the high season the parking place on the beach could be a problem, but since it is very close to the Parga, it is better to come by walking or by a taxi boat.