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Pyrgos Village : Panoramic Views of the Whole Island all the way to Oia

Panoramic Views from Pyrgos Panoramic Views from Pyrgos

Welcome to Pyrgos

Pyrgos can found at the highest point of Santorini, with panoramic views of the whole island all the way to the village of Oia. This hillside village was declared a protected settlement in 1995.

Pyrgos is a typical Fortress Settlement of the Cyclades. On the hilltop you can find ruins of Kasteli Castle, one of the five 'kastelia' on the island. It became the capital of Santorini after the abandonment of Skaros Castle in the mid 18th century, and before Fira, which is the capital of Santorini today. There is a memorial plaque near the entrance to the castle, commemorating those who died in the Second World War.

Traditional architecture, remains of neo-classical mansions, narrow winding paths leading up the hillside, small white houses, galleries, vineyards, churches, breathtaking sunsets ... Pyrgos is truly magical.

If you make your way up from the main square towards the mansion of Zannos Melathron and up, you will discover one or two wonderful hillside cafes from which you can sip on a glass of wine and breathe in the sunsets and the panoramic views.

The Kasteli of Pyrgos on Good Friday - The Epitaphios
Photo : Klearchos Kapoutsis

Pyrgos at Easter Time
Holy Good Friday 'Megali Paraskevi', and 'Epitaphios' Lamentations:
The whole hillside is lit up with burning fire brands. The sight is spectacular.
Holy Easter Sunday ' Kyriaki tou Pascha' Celebration:
In Pyrgos Square an effigy is burnt and there are fireworks, lamb on the spit and wine.

Pyrgos offers a Wealth of History, Museums & Churches
Near to the village of Pyrgos and crowning Mount Profitis IIias is a monastery of the same name which was dedicated to the prophet Elijah. The monastery has an important museum - the Icons & Relics Collection. 'Vanishing Santorini' Exhibition is a look into Santorini's past.

Fira town : 7,5 kilometers
Profitis Ilias Monastery
Kasteli (Castle) of Pyrgos
Santo Wines
Hatzidakis Winery
Cafes, traditional restaurants and taverns, small supermarkets, a few shops, art galleries, music concerts
You can find the bus stop in the main square

See more : Pyrgos Hotels
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See more : Profitis Ilias Monastery
See more : Icons & Relics Collection
See more : Vanishing Santorini Exhibition

Agia Theodosia just before the Castle Entrance
Photo : Klearchos Kapoutsis

A Street in Pyrgos
Photo : Klearchos Kapoutsis


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