Cruise Port Atlas | Preveza, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Preveza, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Preveza: Voyages to Antiquity

Key Attractions: Actio-Preveza Undersea Tunnel, Pantokrator Castle, St. George Castle, Agios Andreas Fortress, Nicopolis Archaeological Museum, Nicopolis, City of Victory, Loutsa Beach, Lefkada Beaches, Katsiki Beach, Agios Ioannis Beach, Arta (Ambracia), Church of the Paregoretissa, Stone Bridge of Arta, Parga, Parga Castle, Dance of Zalongo Memorial, Oracle of the Dead (Necromanteion), Ambracian Gulf

Preveza Attractions

Port to Old Town - 2 KM, 6 minutes
Port to Pantokrator Fortress - 4 KM, 12 minutes
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Most of the appeal of Preveza is its unspoiled authenticity and provencial charm. The beautiful yacht harbor is popular with boaters and many sailing vessels dock there in the summer. The waterfront features a beautiful Venetian clock tower and many pristine buildings. Just inland from the dock is the Agios Andreas Fortress, built in the 18th century. To the south of the Fortress is the old town which features narrow medieval alleys and the Seitan Bazaar. In the south part of the city at the entrance to the Ambracian Gulf, are two fortress/castles: the Pantocrator Castle is from the early 19th century and the St. George Castle from the 18th. The Nicopolis Archaeological Museum is in the city as well.

           

   

Photo of Preveza Waterfront

Nicopolis - City of Victory

Port to Nicopolis - 7 KM, 12 minutes
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Built to honor Octavian's (Augustus') victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra, Nicopolis was built at the site of the great naval Battle of Actium and continued to be an important urban center through the Roman era and beyond. The ruins at this site are significant historically, but are only beginning to be excavated and reconstructed. The site includes Roman remnants and Byzantine ruins, including a theater, several walls and gates, basilicas and a gymnasium.

     

   

Photo of Nicopolis Wall by Marsyas

Great Beaches near Preveza

Port to Loutsa Beach - 33 KM, 40 minutes
Port to Agios Ioannis Beach (Lefkada) - 32 KM, 40 minutes
Port to Katsiki Beach (Lefkada) - 72 KM, 1 hour 30 minutes
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Preveza does not have any popular beaches in the immediate vicinity, but there are some very popular beaches on the road to Parga and on the island of Lefkada which is only about 30 kilometers from the port. On Lefkada, the beaches are on the north and west side of the island. Closest and most popular is Agios Ioannis, which is windy and therefore popular for windsurfers. The most famous beach on the island is Katsiki, with its dramatic scenery, at the southwest corner of the island at the foot of steep cliffs. On the road to Parga is the beach of Loutsa which has nice facilities. Parga itself has a number of nearby beaches.

        

   

Photo of Katsiki Beach by Konstantinos Stampoulis

Arta

Port to Arta - 50 KM, 1 hour
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Called Ambracia in ancient times, this city was the capital for Pyrrhus, the local ruler who defeated Roman invaders, but at such great cost that the victories were pyrrhic. Most of the historic sites in Arta are from the Byzantine era, including the Church of the Paregoretissa, built in the 13th century and housing the Archaeological Collection of Arta. The scenic stone Bridge of Arta over the Arachthos River is of unknown origin, but is particularly famous because of ballad about its construction. The story is that whatever was built each day would fall during the night. A bird spoke to the master builder and told him that in order for the bridge to stand, he would have to kill the first passerby. It turned out to be his wife. He killed her and buried her in the foundation of the bridge. She cursed the bridge saying it would flutter like leaves. The theme of human sacrifice to protect a building is common in Balkan traditions.

     

   

Photo of Church of Paregoretissa by Mediocrity

Parga

Port to Parga - 60 KM, 65 minutes
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The colorful and historic seaside village of Parga has long been popular for its steep streets and rocky promontories. The Parga Castle was destroyed by the pirate Barbarrosa and later by the Ottomans before the present structure was built by the Venetians. When the city was captured by the Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha, he renovated the Castle to include baths and a harem. The favorite activity in Parga is sitting at a romantic seaside taverna, eating local seafood and drinking the local spirits. This is a great place to relax.

           

   

Photo of Parga Bay by Theudbald

Other Attractions near Preveza

Port to Dance of Zalongo Memorial - 24 KM, 35 minutes
Port to Oracle of the Dead - 41 KM, 50 minutes
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A few miles north of Preveza is the area known as Zalonga, where in 1803 Ali Pasha, the Albanian-Ottoman ruler, trapped a small group of local women and children. Local legend states that rather than be captured, the group one by one jumped off a cliff to their deaths while singing and dancing. An impressive memorial known as the Dance of Zalongo was built to honor the Greek nationalism that this inspired. Not far to the southeast of Parga is the Oracle of the Dead, a temple of Hades, where ancient Greeks came to ask questions of the dead. The Ambracian Gulf is about 40 kilometers long (west to east) and about 9 kilometers wide and is part of a wetlands area west of Preveza which is on its western coast. Several lagoons dot the edges of the gulf, particularly on the north coast, which makes the area a wonderful bird watching location. On the south coast of the gulf is the town of Vonitsa and on the west is Amphilochia. The gulf was the site of an important battle of the Peloponnesian War during the conflict between Sparta and Athens. It is also called the Gulf of Actium and the Gulf of Arta.

           

   

Photo of Dance of Zalongo Memorial by Samuli Lintula

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