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All reviews worth the climb valtos beach at your own risk waffles worth the effort nice cafe free entrance nice view health and safety breathtaking views steep steps cafe restaurant walk up cool drink walk around take pictures flip flops
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice salads. Beer and wine reasonably priced. Great views of Parga. Pleasant friendly staff. And the best coffee in town.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Khodgson1963
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of steep steps until you reach the castle but the gorgeous view is totally worth it! We visited it just after sunset as well as at night and both times we could not stop taking pictures so that we record every detail of this fantastic view over the city and the bay. There is a café within the fortress but also many other places for a drink or food on your way back to the sea level. A tip for the ladies; mind the steps as it's quite steep and slippery. High, pointy heels not recommended :)

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019 via mobile

A mistake to call it Venetian, only part of the castle is Venetian, built onto a Frankish/ Byzantine earlier castle. The whole was massively remodelled by Ali Pasha when he bought it from the British in 1819. Ali Pasha died three years later so did not enjoy it for long. The whole population of Parga, pleaded with the British to keep the town under their protection, but these pleas failed and all the population were settled elsewhere in the Ionian Islands.
The Venetian sections are the three gun platforms to the north-east.
Ali Pasha's constructions include a so-called bath-house and a massive keep-like block in the highest part of the castle. Some of these works are now in poor condition.
Paths around the fortress are slippery even in dry weather. There is some shade, but it can be extremely hot. There is a cafe within the fortress serving cold drinks and food, but many more immediately outside. Management of the fortress is very poor, especially considering how many tourists must see it as the central dominant feature of the town and many must climb it for the magnificent views. This is by far the worst-managed of all the important fortresses of western Greece.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank O4064ITpaulb
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

A lot of steep steps to get up but it is worth it for the views. Plenty of shops and restaurants on the way up and more on the way down to Valtos beach.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank blokefrombristol
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Reviewed September 4, 2019 via mobile

Quite a steep walk up through the town so I would recommend doing this in the morning and not the afternoon. Not much actually up there apart from some old walls and the odd canon but beautiful views of Parga so worth it. Theres also a bar/restaurant at the top with some tables and chairs to quench your thirst. You can walk right round to Valtos beach from here too but we decided not to.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Tracey_Hoare
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