Most visitors to Santorini will never probably visit Pyrgos, the island’s most authentic and most beautiful village. Far away from the selfie snapping crowds that flock to the caldera, Pyrgos has taken a different development path to other places on the island. You won’t find tourist traps here. You may be wondering why come all the way to Santorini and not stay on the popular caldera. If this sounds like you, then read on!
Just a few miles from the jaw-dropping cliffs lies the village of Pyrgos. It’s the highest village on the island and boasts fantastic views across the whole of Santorini. Once the capital of Santorini, it’s managed to maintain a very relaxed and chilled out vibe that is rare on Santorini. Life here is all about enjoying authentic experiences. It’s not about constantly posing for the perfect Instagram shot but taking time out, relaxation and the good life.
The main square boasts a number of cafes and bars, and all cobbled streets head up through the village to the remains of the medieval castle. It really feels like you are walking through history as you stroll through it’s winding pathways. Around every corner is an amazing view, blue domed churches, cute little shops and places to stop for food and drink.
Locals still live in the village, many in converted Caves, one on top of the other. Pretty coloured plant pots, traditional doors and cats basking in the sunshine help you slip into the relax and recharge mode. It’s a really beautiful scene.
Quite a few of the old houses have been converted into stunning Cave Houses. The Cave Houses offer accommodation to visiting tourists who want a different experience from the hustle and bustle of places like Fira and Oia.
Pyrgos also boasts an excellent central location on the island. It’s close to the airport and the port (20 minutes by car). The black sandy beaches of Perissa and Kamari are within easy reach too. The capital of Santorini, Fira is 15 minutes away by car or local bus.
If food and drink are important to you, then Pyrgos will not disappoint. It has many great restaurants and is in the middle of grape growing countryside. Visit some of the local wineries on your doorstep and sample excellent Santorinian wines.
Santorini is famous for its sunsets and you’ll find the best ones from Pyrgos’ elevated position. What’s more you won’t have to contend with the crowds.
If you’re thinking of visiting Santorini, check out Pyrgos. I guarantee it will capture your heart.