Parga has a long rich history, especially during the pre-revolution years. It was built during the Byzantine era. In 1337 I. Katakouzinos described Parga as a fortified city. Fearing pirates, the inhabitants resettled from "Paleoparga" to the location where the castle stands today.
Built amphitheatrically among lush green hills and shady olive groves, Parga has always been an important city. For many years, its semicircu¬lar port and the island of Panagia welcomed merchant ships and warships. Parga is renowned for exporting olive oil and citrus fruit Nowadays, Parga has become a tourist attraction due to its rare natural beauty. The combination of the sea, mountains and steep gorges and the warm hos¬pitality of its people are among the things that captivate visitors from every comer of the world.
Sailing away from the port of Parga, one is able to fully grasp the city's grandeur and its amphitheatric architecture. The castle casts a shadow on the scene and the bays of the isle create an unreal dramatic setting!
The scent of gardenias, roses and bougainvilleas surrounds glinting white walls under the sun, creating the perfect contrast between red and white under the sky and the sea. Words lack when describing the magic that one feels wandering in the backstreets of Parga.
After repeated raids, the Venetians managed to seize Parga in the 15th century. They built the castle in order to repel the Turks. In 1798, the French seized the castle and for the next 16 years left their mark on the city of Parga, followed by the English in 1814.
0 In 1817, in an act that was universally disapproved, the English sold Parga to Ali Passas. The remaining inhabitants left Parga refusing to live under Turkish occupa¬tion, carrying with them the ashes of their ancestors. In 1923, the Greek army finally liberated Parga. Free at last, the inhabitants returned to resume the struggle for survival.
There has always been a single access to the castle of Parga that stands impregnable and unaffected by time. That is why the inhabitants of the city have always managed to repel the enemy and defend their land and its history, with only a handful of guards at the bulwark. The huge, over¬bearing iron gate at the entrance that looms imperiously is a reminder of the countless battles against pirates and later the French, Russian, English and Turkish conquerors. Even today, visitors are awestruck by its long protruding spikes! It is the first indelible impression at the entrance to history...
The castle is bound to captivate the visitor from whichever angle it is viewed. From Valtos beach, it adorns the sunset and serves as background to moonlit strolls in the picturesque city backstreets, with the majestic views. The colors, the scents, the music and the people all blend at the top of the castle.
Walking around the castle, one feels like living in another era. The age of knights and fighting against pirates seems to come to life once again. Wandering among the walls and loopholes, following the roads and exploring every corner, one discovers a new story each time...