PARGA (Πάργα)

It was not easy to find any parking place in the downtown Parga, but we made deal with the big spacious parking, officially they do charge 1 EUR per hour, but we got it for 12 EUR from 15:00 till the 10:00 next day. Parga is a picture-perfect resort town located in northwestern Greece on the Ionian coast. It is an amphitheater of a village, dominated by a Venetian castle, opening onto a clear turquoise bay pierced with islets. In 1401 it welcomed the Venetians, who built (1572) the mole that forms the present harbor, over which stands a Venetian fortress. For three centuries quasi-independent under Venice, it went to France in 1797 and two years later came under Russian protection after capture by a Russian fleet. It was part of the independent Ionian Republic until 1807, when, under the Treaty of Tilsit, it was returned to France. In 1814, however, the city accepted British protection. In 1819 Britain invoked the Russo-Turkish Convention of 1800, by terms of which Parga was surrendered to Turkey, provided that no mosque be built or Muslims settle there. The Parganites regarded this British move as an act of betrayal. Rather than submit to Turkish rule, about 4000 Parganites elected in 1819 to migrate to the Ionian Islands, and the Turkish government was constrained to pay them compensation. Parga was taken by the Greeks in the Balkan Wars (1912–13) and annexed to Greece in 1913. It’s small and crowded in the evening, but it’s an undeniable beauty. If you stay overnight, go to the busy Mistral Club Nautic (Mojito – 9 EUR) or late in the night to the lively nightclub Camares (Rum and Coke – 8 EUR). 🛣 – Ioannina to Parga – 5,30 EUR.

Parking location – Parga: 39.287045N 20.402478E (🅿 1 EUR / hour, 🚻)