Parga Sivota Blue Lagoon cruise with BBQ
• General info
Enjoy yourself on a day cruise to the Greek mainland of Epirus (opposite Kavos) at the Islands of Nea Sivota and not only! Departing from the Port of Corfu we have a unique view of the Old Town, it’s two overlooking Venetian fortresses, the Kanoni peninsula and the palace of Mon Repos, where Prince Phillip was born. Heading south, parallel to the mainland, we pass the capital city of the Thesprotia region, Igoumenitsa, the small fishing village of Plataria and the Sivota Islands, where the ship enters the breathtaking cave of Sivota and stops inside the cave, giving you the opportunity to take photographs. During the Second World War, the Greek submarine “Papanikolis” was hidden here beneath the lighthouse.
The boat sails around the historical small islands of Sivota, where the great naval battle between the Corfiots and the Corinthians took place in the summer of 432 B.C. Many of the vessels sunk in the fighting are still there at the bottom of the sea. Soon afterwards, we arrive at the picturesque Blue Lagoon bay, where historians say the Arabian pirates moored their ships in the Middle Ages. The boat will drop anchor close to the beach for 50 – 90 minutes (depending on the weather), and you will have the opportunity to swim in the lagoon’s exotic blue waters.
Continuing we head to Parga, a large picturesque village with island architecture blessed, with a rich eventful history, rare physical beauty, interlaced beaches, emerald water, calm bays, olive groves, a healthy climate, romantic side streets, and pathways whose two and three-storey houses form an amphitheatre beneath the imposing remains of a Venetian castle. One of Parga’s main attractions is the castle which was built by residents in the 11th century to protect their town from both the pirates and the Turks. Parts of the castle were demolished by the Ottomans in 1452. The Venetians started to rebuild it but before the work could be completed it was demolished again in 1537 by the Ottoman admiral Barbarossa, who razed the fortress and the houses inside. For the third and last time, a stronger, impregnable castle was finally rebuilt in 1819. The castle also offers some stunning views over Parga and the Ionian Sea and its main building houses a photo exhibition of ancient Parga.
As the afternoon comes around, you will have the chance to stroll through the wonderful narrow streets, discover the many interesting curios shops, have a drink at one of the traditional seafront tavernas, or enjoy swimming to one of the three beaches of Parga. About 15 kilometres from Parga is antiquity’s most important oracle, the Oracle of Acheron. The ancient Greeks believed that the springs of Acheron were the gates to the Underworld. You will have free time to explore Parga (2 - 2.5 hours). The beaches are a five-minute walk from the city.
08:45 Departure from the main Port of Corfu
11:00 Arrival at the picturesque Blue Lagoon bay
12:50 Departure from Blue Lagoon bay
13:10 Ship enters the breathtaking cave of Sivota
13:20 Depart cave of Sivota
14:20 Arrival at Parga
16:20 Departure from Parga
19:00 Arrival at the main Port of Corfu
We suggest your bring: Camera (or video camera), waterproof camera, swimming suit, mask, towel, glasses, hat, comfortable shoes or sandals, a small bottle of water for the walking tour to the Venetian castle, high-factor sunscreen (recommended).
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Not suitable for those with mobility issues.