Parga, Greece is a small town placed on the north-west coast of Greece, with approximately 2500 inhabitants. Its main feature is its beautiful surrounding. Parga is ideal for relaxing and strolling around, although it gets a little busier in summer. Its history started many centuries ago.
Due to some archaeological findings, it is believed that Parga has been inhabited since the Neolithic times.
However, Parga appears more clearly in Greek history since the Byzantine times. Along with its history, the city has been conquered by the Venetians, who built the castle of Parga, and has been destroyed by pirates. It has also been under the rule of the Russians and the British, who finally sold it to Ali Pasha, in the 19th century. The residents moved to the close by the island of Corfu to avoid the cruelty of the Turks and returned to their birthplace after the liberation of Greece, in 1819.
However, Parga became part of the Greek state a century later, in 1913. An interesting archaeological site to visit in Parga is its Venetian castle, which lies on top of a hill.
This castle has some interesting Venetian and Turkish features and offers a picturesque view of the ceramic rooftops of the houses and the bay of Parga.
Apart from archaeological sites, Parga also has beautiful scenery. A large portion of the greenery surrounding the town consists of huge olive trees, planted by the Venetians in the 16th century. In fact, the olive oil production consists of a major income for its inhabitants.
The houses of Parga are amphitheatrically built, scattered along a sheltered bay. Although Parga is not an island, you could say that it does have a certain "island vibe".
Moreover, Parga has developed many tourist facilities, along these last years. Most restaurants offer traditional, homemade Greek food and there are many places to stay, from camping areas and rooms to rent to luxurious hotels.
The local residents are also very friendly. Most tourists are Greek, who want to spend some relaxing days, but Parga also has many Italian visitors, due to its closeness to the Italian coast.
Last but not least, the surroundings of Parga have some picturesque villages and nice beaches to visit. These beaches can be reached on foot or by boat from the harbor and are bound to give you relaxing moments.
A visit to Parga assures special vacations, with the possibility to enjoy this town and to explore the rich natural area around it.