Why choose Preveza?
As we have already mentioned, Preveza is at the perfect location for visiting beautiful beaches, cities and cultural and historical sights in the region.
First of all, Lefkada and it’s capital Lefkas are located only half an hour from Preveza. It is a place inherently interesting and worth visiting, so we recommend you to go in the evening and walk along the sea and marina, but also along interesting and colorful pedestrian zone. If you go to the west part of the island, you will immediately find Agios Ioannis beach, a real paradise for surfers where you can enjoy observing the skills of surfers coming here from all over the world. Proceed further and you will come across the large sanctuary, famous monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, from whose fantastic landscaped courtyard extends the view to the beach of Agios Ioannis, Lefkas and sea. From this point to the west comes the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada, Pefkoulia, famous Kathisma, Milos, Avali, Kavalikefta together with turquoise sea we used to see on postcards from Lefkada. A cute small town Agios Nikitas, the most popular resort on the west coast is also there.
You can reach Lefkas from Preveza with the organized cruises that can bring you to the most famous beaches of this beautiful island in just one day.
On the other hand, if you go to Preveza from Parga, first you will reach 13km long beach. The beginning of the beach, from the Preveza side, is called Mitikas, and is located at the foothill of the city. This part of the beach is rich in natural shade provided by impressive eucalyptus trees. Then follows the most famous 6km long part of the beach called Monolithi. This sandy beach is known for its popular bars decorated in a contemporary way, with a large number of chairs and good music. Bars are popular among the youth, but between them there is enough space for all those who come with their own equipment.
The next place is Kanali and Kastrosikia beach. The entire beach is covered with sand while inside the sea are both rocks and sand. There are parts of the beach used by nudists. Parasols and sun beds are at disposal with an ordered drink and sunsets are unforgettable. The best is to estimate which part of the beach you like the most. Here you can choose whether to be in the crowd at a popular bar or to isolate yourself because there is enough space to do so.
If you continue towards Parga, you can explore and disclose wild coves or less famous beaches which are a lot of. We recommend you to stop at the beach Vrachos-Loutsa, which is considered by many people as one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. It is the beach with fine sand which is rare at Ionian coast. The beach is 3km long and up to 50m wide. In some parts there is a shallow, but the best about this beach is that it is never crowded so you can relax and enjoy. The beach is well organized, especially for contemporary caffe-bars’ lovers, with sun loungers and parasols. Vrachos-Loutsa is 35km away from Preveza.
Fanariou Alonaki beach, located next to beautiful emerald green sea, is a small jewel of this region placed just 40km from Preveza. In the hinterland of the beach is a forest from where the trees hang over the beach. Regarding facilities, beach has only a small canteen but a lot of beauty. Even before we have recommended that you, if you love nature, when coming from Preveza, turn left from the highway 6 at coordinates 39.199247, 20.52074. You should expect dirty road here, but comfortable ride through the forest and possibility to take a break on several vantage points.
Ammoudia beach is around 45km from Preveza. This wide and long sandy beach is perfect for families with children because of the shallow water. Beach has a natural shade and is not crowded. Beside is famous delta of the river Acheron. This beach you can also visit while visiting Acheron and Nekromantion, about what we will write later.
Parga is situated 65km from Preveza. Yes, it is worth a visit in the afternoon hours to climb to the fortress and enjoy the city view, beaches and the sea, small island with a chapel across the street… And then in the evening to walk the streets of this very picturesque town.
Visit to Parga could be combined with swimming on the beautiful beaches around Parga: Lichnos if you want a peaceful environment, and Valtos beach if you are in love with more “popular” beaches.
As already mentioned, Preveza has been the center of many historical events throughout history because of its position, which is why today is a region with a large number of archaeological site and monuments of the past.
Preveza has five fortresses and four museums.
Just 5km from the city are the remains of the famous ancient city of Nikopolis which was built in honor of Octavian’s victory over the combined forces of Marcus Aurelius and Cleopatra. This city used to have 30.000 inhabitants, and its name means “city of victory”. One of the museums was dedicated to this city, but we encourage you to go and visit the city before the museum.
Preveza witnessed another great historical naval battle when the Ottoman fleet, led by the Turkish admiral Barbarossa, defeated the united Christian Navy. The battle took place in the 16th century, and divers still explore the seabed due to this event.
The famous river Acheron (44km from Preveza) is named after the god Acheron, which in Greek mythology is known as the god who keeps the underworld river. According to tradition, the souls of river Acheron are souls of the dead travelling to the other side, to the god of the underworld, Hades. The goddess Thetis bathed her son Achilles in this river by holding the infant by his heel, after what he became immortal.
Today the river Acheron is an attraction for tourists, where they can try out rafting, horseback riding, sport fishing, but most of all enjoy the beautiful nature. The river itself has a beautiful color, light blue, clean and clear water, it is very gentle and perfect for kayaking adventure. Kayaking can be enjoyed by all ages because it is completely safe. You can also bring your camera with you. By going down the riverbed of the peaceful river, you will see beavers, otters, water turtles, herons, and you can take a swim although the water is very cold. Along the river there are taverns, restaurants and cafes. You can organize a trip to the river by yourself, or pay to some of the local agencies. In our opinion, it is good to combine going to the Ammoudia beach by car, where you can rent kayak and go with your guide to the spring, from where you can easily get down the river to the beach again and back to your car. By visiting this river make sure to visit the Nekromanteion too, an ancient shrine dedicated to the god of the underworld, Hades. It has been used for communication with a dead souls. A visit to the crypt and hallways that led to an underground world can be exciting, especially if you immerse yourself in surrender.
Zalongo is a mountain that belongs to Cassope mountain range famous for Zalongo monument. At this point, a monument was built to women and children who have chosen to die to avoid falling into the hands of Turks. They carried out the deadly dance in the early nineteenth century, and now impressive monument is a place visited by a thousands of tourists during a year. You can reach the monument by car through a winding road and interesting traditional Greek villages, after which you will come to St. Demetrius Monastery, which you can also visit. You can park your car next to the monastery and continue the way to monument by foot, passing 400 steps. The monument is 13 meters high. From this place you can enjoy the great view of the sea and Lefkada, Preveza and Parga, and on a clear day also Ithaca, Kefalonia, Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos.
And for the end we left something you absolutely must do while in Preveza, a cruise to magnificent Gulf of Amvrakikos. You can book a cruise at the coast of Preveza, in the harbor, from captain Vasilisa. The boat is small and can accommodate up to 8 people, but the experience is something that you will remember for a lifetime. In short we will write some of the characteristics of the bay, and the most interesting stories and descriptions you can hear only from the captain himself, who speaks English perfectly.
The bay is considered a miniature Mediterranean. Formed back in the Ice Age, about 10.000 years ago, and according to a legend, Alexander The Great cut and created a water surface with an extremely rare biodiversity. Amvrakikos Bay is one of 11 wetlands in Greece which has received the label “of international importance” and is protected by international treaty RAMSAR. This bay is considered to be one of the most important protected areas of Natura 2000 network due to the presence of rare and endangered species and because of its unique landscapes and habitats. Amvrakikos is very complex ecosystem formed at the delta of two rivers Louros and Arachtos. In its composition has the largest swamp in Greece (Rodia) and over twenty lagoons. Due to its geographical position the Bay is located in one of the most important routes for European migratory birds. They use it to rest, feed and as a breeding ground. Islands in the lagoons serve as a habitat for some of the rarest birds threatened with extinction. One of them is Dalmatian pelican, some species of herons, eagles, cormorants, ducks and they nest in large reeds and flooded meadows Amvrakikos Gulf. The waters of the Gulf serve as a valuable biotope for dolphins, seals and endangered Caretta Caretta turtles. All in all Amvrakikos Bay is a paradise for nature lovers, birds and water animals. In the bay you can see 300 different species of birds of which 106 are migratory and 6 are globally threatened species. It may happen that you encounter water buffalo. In the aforementioned cruise through this water national park you will come to the place considered as a dolphin habitat where you can enjoy in observing these amazing species for hours. You can feed them, take pictures and easily enjoy their games, swimming and jumping. You can also see baby dolphins. Sometimes the boat stay here for a couple of hours. Caretta Caretta turtles cannot always be seen, but often yes. After a few hours filled with excitement and joy of both adults and children go to a small beach where you can swim and have lunch in the tavern or do snorkeling along the rocks on the coast. If you wish, you can go on a cruise at sunset, which is also interesting. There is a food and drink on the boat. Many tourists go to this trip twice during the holiday. To all who embark this adventure trip it remains as the best possible memory.
To conclude, we can say that Preveza, as less developed tourist town, is ideal for a quiet holiday, and the beaches around Preveza, as less visited, perfect for seclusion and enjoying the sea, a gentle breeze, sunsets. The dense forests along the beaches and bays offer natural shade. Beaches have a turquoise sea, but many have emerald green sea because of the lush vegetation in the hinterland. Preveza is perfect for an eventful holiday as it has a promenade and harbor, great stocked supermarkets, many boutiques for shopping, but also a great selection of restaurants, bars, taverns, confectioneries, bakeries… The nightlife is also rich and Parga and offer clubs, discotheques, urban bars…
On the other hand, if you prefer an active holiday, Preveza offers really such a great choice that one holiday cannot be enough to visit all natural and historical attractions. In addition to all that we have previously mentioned, we must add that in Preveza, near a small fortress Pantokrator which overlooks the Amvrakikos Gulf, ancient city Kassopi, you can visit the Museum of Art and Science of Epirus. Besides the beaches described above, you can also visit Alonaki, located 4km from Preveza and Artholithia beach, but also to explore the very jagged coast of the whole region of Preveza.
Another reason to have your holiday in Preveza or its surroundings are prices that are still lower than in other resorts of the northwestern Greece.