The town of Parga is situated in the province of mainland Epirus. Like a picture from the past, the amphitheatricly built cosmopolitan city of Parga is one of the most popular destinations of the northwest mainland of Greece.
The town of Parga is situated in the province of mainland Epirus. Like a picture from the past, the amphitheatricly built cosmopolitan city of Parga is one of the most popular destinations of the northwest mainland of Greece. The summers of Parga are cool with average temperature of less than 35 Celcius degrees, while the winter months are not severe, having an average temperature of around 5 Celcius degrees.
The dense vegetation is a pleasant surprise for the visitor when he explores the interior of Parga. Natural beauties, graphical bays, amazing beaches, thousands of gray-green olive trees and enormous plane trees decorate and cavern the flat area of Parga. Its green vegetation tries to reach the Ionian Sea, which is often separated only by a small sandy trip. During your stroll into its narrow streets, which most of them lead up to the hill of the town, on your left and right you will find a lot of souvenir shops, bars, traditional kafeneios and taverns with spectacular view to the Ionian Sea.
On top of the hill is situated the Venetian Castle of the 18th century. The breathtaking view from there will amaze you. In front of you, you will see the ceramic rooftops of the amphitheatric built city of Parga. The port of it and the small green covered island of Blessed Virgin with the homonymous Monastery of Vlachernon built in the beginning of the 12th century. Also the impressive colors of the Ionian Sea as far as you can see and when the atmosphere is clear opposite you will be able to see the island of Antipaxos, Paxos and the south tip of Corfu Island, the tip of Asprokavos. It is not only that visitors come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the sea and the sun. The beautiful landscape and the rare beauties of Parga, offer to their visitors the cosmopolitan air of another time.
Parga was first inhabited at the end of the 13th century BC. In formations about its first inhabitants, who were indigenous Greeks from Mycene, comes from founds of Tomb excavations. After the defeat of the lost Macedonian King Perseus in 168 BC in Pydna, all the cities of Epirus were totally destroyed by the Roman Leukius Aemilius Paulus.
From an old document of 1320 AD we see after many centuries that Parga or Paleoparga as it was called earlier, was a part of the Byzantine Empire of Emperor Andronikus the 3rd. In 1360 AD Parga was occupied by the Normans until the beginning of the 15th century. For about 4 centuries Parga had the luck to be under the protection of Venice (1401-1797). In between at the year 1537 Parga was deserted by Kheir-el-din Barbarosso. Just before the beginning of the 19th century in 1797 the French Republicans led by Napoleon Bonaparte occupied Parga.
After the French were defeated and Napoleon fell in 1814, the British took over. In 1817 the Fjural Lord of Albania and Ioannina Ali Pasha of Tepelane bought Parga from the British for 150.000 pounds. The fortune of Parga was to fall in Turkish hands for 96 years. Finally in the 23rd of February 1913 the Greek heroes Kanares, Dimoulitsas, Patatoukos, Mauromichalis and many others liberated Parga from the Turks and Parga after so many centuries was a part of Greece again.