A colorful, surprising town which gives you the impression of being on an island.
It is an enchanting town in the heart of Epirus where you can view the Ionian Sea, Paxous and Antipaxous. It is surrounded by crystal clear waters which make you fee like you are in heaven. Parga has nothing to envy from an island. It is amphitheatrically built with colorful houses, picturesque, cobbled streets which “climbs”on the top of the hill, offering a breathtaking view towards the Ionian Sea and an island named “Panagia” which is mirrored in the water.
Parga is near Ioannina and Preveza and over the past few years it has been one of the top tourist destinations as it offers all the amenities combined with its natural, virgin beauty. There, a lot of modern, luxurious hotels have been constructed which are in complete harmony with the natural environment. All these “ingredients” offer a luxurious experience to the visitors.
In Parga as well as in the nearby areas there are a lot of beaches which provide tourists with special facilities. Every single beach is different and unique. If you have ever travelled to the Ionian Sea , you may feel confused and think you are on an island. The serene landscapes turn into wild in the blink of the eye creating an unbelievably beautiful scenery.Beaches are within easy reach either on foot or by car. However, if you are dare enough, rent a boat and travel around Paxous-Antipaxous.
In the past, Parga was known as Parageiros, Paragaia and Ypargos from which its present name is derived. It also was the ancient Torini of Ptolemeos and Ploutarxos. As it has been historically proven ,Parga has been a settlement since the Byzantine era. The first reference of the town with its current naming was in 1387 by Ioannis Katakouzinos as one of the most important cities in Epirus. It was first conquered by the Normans, who built the original fortress, in the fourteenth century and later by the Venetians, the French, the English and the Turks. During the time of Venetian rule, the town enjoyed considerable benefits and flourished . The town finally passed under Venetian control in 1401, and was administered as a mainland exclave of the Venetian possession of Corfu, under a castellan. Venetian possession was confirmed in the Ottoman–Venetian treaty of 1419. Apart from brief periods of Ottoman possession, the town remained in Venetian hands until the Fall of the Republic of Venice in 1797.
In 1815, with the fortunes of the French failing, the citizens of Parga revolted against French rule and sought the protection of the British. In 1819, the British sold the city to Ali Pasha of Ioannina, and from him it passed under Ottoman rule.
Ottoman rule in Parga and the rest of Epirus was ended in 1913 following the victory of Greece in the Balkan Wars.
Epirus was ended in 1913 following the victory of Greece in the Balkan Wars.
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