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A rustic village on Santorini

Although it’s just a few kilometres from the bustling, modern areas of Santorini, the peaceful village of Pyrgos may as well be from another century. Exceptionally well preserved since medieval times, it’s home to some of the finest examples of traditional Cycladic architecture and, most importantly, the classic Greek island way of life.

Pyrgos holidays are great for those who wish to immerse themselves in the old-school habits of this charming island. It’s all about taking things at a slower pace: simply exploring the narrow streets, gazing at the whitewashed walls of old churches, or getting the whole family together at a tavern in the main square for good food, fortifying ouzo and a chat with people at nearby tables.

For those interested in the ancient past, Pyrgos has superb and significant ruins, holy monasteries, and well-presented museums. But more than anything, holidays to Pyrgos are for travellers who are into doing things the old way – the slow way.

Your Pyrgos questions, answered

As the village is at the island’s highest elevation, the views from pretty much anywhere – over rolling green hills, vineyards and out over the sea – are incredible.
Yes, lots – this is Santorini, after all. Just by the entrance to the castle is one of the island’s oldest, the 10th-century church of Theotokaki.
Pyrgos is inland, but just a 15-minute drive away you’ll find the gorgeous, Blue Flag-certified beaches of Kamari and Perissa, where there are bars, restaurants and water sports on offer.

Best things to do in Pyrgos

Sample local wine

Several wineries in this part of Santorini welcome guests in to learn about traditional methods and the art of viticulture on the island – and to sample a few glasses, of course.

Get to know the history

Santorini of the Past is a ‘cultural village’ that illustrates the changing clothes, cuisine, culture and way of life of the island throughout its complex history, featuring lots of old photos.

Visit the monastery

The highest building on Santorini, Profitis Ilias Monastery has a museum of the icons and relics of Pyrgos, including religious books and documents, and several works of art.