Pyrgos Village, Santorini Island
This church is at the very top of a steep hill in the village if Pyrgos, hike up past the locals selling strong homemade wine and see this whitewashed church........beautiful!
Then wander through the narrow cobbled streets and enjoy the atmosphere!
There are plenty of photographic opportunities here looking out across the Caldera and the blue domes scattered across the island, as you are so high up its an ideal opportunity!
The roads up here are very steep and very narrow so if like me you are afraid of heights prepare yourself for an erratic journey!!!
In any Greek restaurant, and any Greek travel book you will almost always find pictures of the whitewashed churches with blue domed roofs, it is quite likely that they are pictures from Santorini, they are everywhere and make spectacular pictures!
You will find them here clinging to the clifftops, or most spectacular of all in my opinion in the small village of Pyrgos high up in Santorinis mountains.
A visit to the village of Pyrgos is a must on any visit to Santorini.
It is located high up in the mountains and offers superb views across the island to the Caldera.
They claim to have 40 blue domed churches in Pyrgos alone, and there are hundreds of "blue domed" churches in view from here, You can buy local "firewater" wine on the steps on your way up to the monestary.
The Pyrgos settlement is made for locals, not for tourists, so it's a refreshing break from Fira and Oia to see people going about their daily business. Among things to check out from this high island vantage point is the main church at the top of the village. Nice view from there at sunset, and the church is nicely lit after dark.
Pyrgos village is located high on Santorini and commands a fine view of much of the island. From here you can walk to Profitias Ilias mountain (1 1/2 hrs according to the tourist info), or stroll around in the little settlement, which has mostly new houses. A fine church tops it all. A restaurant a bit below the village caters for larger groups and is apparently a favourite among - exactly - tour groups. I tried that one 3 years ago, and it was ok, but hurried. This time I tried one of the tavernas at the village centre, the roundabout plaza which is also where the Pyrgos bus stops (Pyrgos-Fira & Pyrgos-Akrotiri). The restaurant is called Kallisti, check it out on my restaurant tip page.
The view from the peak is amazing! Dont miss it! Even in winter- then tha clouds are in your feet! Don`t make pictures of millitary base on the top!
We went with the car until we saw a sign that said : to Profitis Ilias - it was a nice foot treck that brought us up almost to the top - it is not very easy but it is fun and has amazing views around