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Shops and trades

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Lo que dice el Arxiduc:

“A small river and the streams that water the outskirts move a dozen water mills. Before, they not only milled the flour for Parga inhabitants but also those from Paxos because the latter’s water supply depended on Parga during the summer.

There are no public ovens, only one in the castle for soldiers; there are five private ovens which neighbours can use. Turkish families have an oven in their own homes.

In Parga there are two masons, five carpenters, two tailors who make beautiful Albanian clothes, three cobblers and five men who make leather slippers for local use, one blacksmith and eleven café grinders.”

“There are some shops, especially along the main road. They tend to be quite poor and limit themselves to offering the most important basic needs such as food, cloth, etc. There are also a few silversmiths who make really pretty things and one bookbinder. Carpenters, butchers, bakers and blacksmiths fill the other shops. In addition, there are many warehouses to store the merchandise that comes from the interior such as chrissoxylo or smoke tree ( Rhus Cotinus), cheese in moulds, oil and olives before being shipped out by boat.”

“One of the most important articles exported after oil and chrissoxylo which we’ve already mentioned is the cheese which comes down from Paramythia in oily moulds, carried by beasts of burden in bags. Entire boats leave with this shipment.”

“From Parga, exports include oil and wool from the interior, manuria cheese to Italy, as well as bay leaves, valonea (birch), chrissoxylo or tzismizela (smoke tree)and prino kokkino or red wood exported to Tunisia and used to make red colouring.”

Datos proyecto Nixe III:

The city of Parga is now dedicated entirely to tourism. We know that primary activities are still carried out outside the city, but the majority of people work for the tourist industry. There’s a hotel in the city dedicated to the Archduke, Hotel Salvator. The hotel’s owner, Adonis, invited us to stay there. The hotel features an original copy of the Archduke’s book dedicated to Parga.


Several city streets are dedicated entirely to tourism. We can see hotels, restaurants and various shops with typical products and souvenirs.


However, there is a certain mix of tourism in Parga, though mass tourism predominates. The shops tend to be bigger than those found in other areas of the Ionian, while, at the same time, the city isn’t as developed in this respect compared to other tourist areas such as Levkada and Zakhyntos. 


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