Walking the hills!!!
You can do some heavy power walking rounds in the surroundings of Parga.
All you need is a good pair of shoes.
Also wise to may be have a map and a slight interest in the distances that you are walking.
We walked all the way up to the Ali Pasha Castle - about 6 km from our hotel, hah, that is not very long, no agree, but tough enough! Good shoes, proper outfit
Barbanassis is now the only genuin Valtos taverna left.
They serve very good home made food, and have now also managed to get draft beer.
Service this year was very good, due to some nice young service minded girls from Check Republic.
I suggest you go for a visit and see for yourself. Carbonara, Gyros, Omelets - try more everything looks good
Most of the time we were in Parga, it was very quiet. There is a nice promenade to walk along, viewing the tavernas, bars and restaurants and their clientele (when occuppied!!). The promenade is pedestrianised in parts and at certain times of the day.
At the castle end there is a parking area. Be warned not to drive up the narrow street from here, (it does have a restriction on it) as it is extremely narrow and we lost the motorhome's bedroom window on a shop awning!!!! Whoops!!! Fortunately the shop owners were more concerned about our damage than what we had done to the shop!!!!
Parga Greece - very very good
"Paradise Hotel Parga"
In town, big room, balcony, pool, bar, clean and really very affordable.
"Marco Polo to Anti Paxos"
Voltos, Lichnos, Sarakiniko - all good.
Hani (Xani) restaurant on an alley off the walking streets in the middle of Parga was excellent. Also good Oscar, Three Plane Trees, Bacchus, Parrot and Tango Bar.
Walk to voltos, hike to lichnos, boat to sarakiniko
Archeological finds, written scripts of the past and legend confirm that human activity was present in this region from antiquity.
The Neolithic flint stone that was found in an olive plantation, the domed shaped Minoan grave found on the property of Souida, the ancient wall segment found outside the grounds of the Venetian castle along with a foundation stone which constituted part of an ancient dock on the western side of Valtos bay, which unfortunately was covered by rocks to build a marina, the rectangular shaped graves on the road close to Anthousa, all undoubtedly prove the existence of human civilization in the region throughout antiquity.
Byzantine sources first refer to Parga in 1337 and most likely refer to the older settlement of the castle and not Paleoparga at Petzovolio. The settlement at its new position will have to deal this many perils during the passing of time.
For six years Parga will have to endure the rule of the thief Bogoi (who considered himself as of Alban - Serbian - Boulgarian - Vlahos decent). When he leaves he will request the protection of the Venetians. Their presence will be felt between the 15th and 18th centuries. Throughout this period Parga will be autonomous.
The raids and looting from land and sea will not cease during this period. Hairetin Varvarosa will be one of those who will loot her.
The situation stabilizes from the late 16th century to the late 18th century. Parga develops economically, and becomes a trade center. The old customs office (Dogana) at Valtos still exists up to this day. Dogana also served as a shelter and outpost for rebels who fought against the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The water fountain and the house of Boukovala, along with the well of Androutso bear whiteness to this.
Parga will also stand by the fighters of Souli, as a result feel threatened by Ali Pasha. During this period of growth, Parga will be visited by Kosmas Etolos. As a result education will flourish. To name a few of the important educators of the time: Filotheos the Holy Monk, Andreas Idromenos, Christoforos Peraikos and Agapios Leonardo, etc.
In 1797 Venetian Rule is abolished by the French. With the treaty of "the 5th December 1815" Parga is passed over to Ali Pasha of the Ottoman Empire with the consent of the English who were protecting her at the time.
A significant time in history the period 1816 - 1819 with the endless negotiations for compensation of the properties for those who decided to abandon their homeland for Corfu. With the dramatic climax on Good Friday the 15th April 1819, when they burn their dead before they leave for Corfu.
Ali Pasha brings Laliotes Turks and Christians from the center of Epirus to inhabit the almost deserted settlement. However the original inhabitants will return gradually to their homeland, up until February 1913 when Turkish rule ends.