Pyrgos Village, Santorini Island

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    Visit Pyrgos

    by wroclawiak Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Pyrgos itself belongs to the oldest settlements on the whole island. It's a jumble of old white houses and small alleys. It's very romantic place. Here you can find a place where you won't be disturbed and annoyed by anyone. I took pleasure in strolling through the alleys and having look at old white greek house yards. The labyrinth of alleys climbs to the a Venetian fortrees crowned by several churches. Clamber around the battlements and enjoy sweeping views over the entire island and gaze at the marvellous sunset.

    Directions: A lot of bus connections from Fira.

    View of Pyrgos from the road old houses in Pyrgos a church in Pyrgos white hosues - view from the fortress the sunset -view from the fortress
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    Pyrgos

    by cookncoffee Updated May 29, 2005

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    MUST go to Pyrgos and explore the ruins and beautiful houses. I could have spent a couple of days here.

    I felt as if I was on top of the world literally when we reached the ruin at the top. Such an amazing feeling!

    I was also lucky enough to get the best shot with limited time (shown) of the 3-tiered bells and church from the back of the little niche gift shop. I now speak to the shop owners via email. They were lovely. (Not sure if they are still there though). they also took me underneath the shop to show me the ruin they had done up.....was great to be able to see inside one of these beautiful greek island houses.

    You may even be lucky to see an old lady in mourning who stands about 3 foot! Be prepared to give her money to have a photo with her though!

    I didn't manage to get to here for sunset....would have been nice - but many say Oia is the best in the world ... I can see why....

    Address: Pyrgos - Everywhere!

    Directions: Just grab an island map and follow the signs to Pyrgos - very easy to find. We hired a car, was a great way to see the island and stop whenever you like.

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    Church in Pyrgos

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 28, 2004

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    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!!!

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    Blue Domed Churches

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 28, 2004

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    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.

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    Pyrgos

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 28, 2004

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    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.

    On the way up to the monastrey
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    Pyrgos Church

    by Saagar Written Sep 8, 2004

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    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 church by night
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    Pyrgos village

    by Saagar Written Sep 8, 2004

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    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.

    Directions: The highest village on Santorini, between Fira and Megalochori (toward Akrotiri).

    The central plaza of Pyrgos
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    Pyrgos and monastiry Profitis Illias

    by bdyakov Written Jan 29, 2008

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    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!

    Directions: The highest village on Santorini, between Fira and Megalochori (toward Akrotiri).

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    From Pyrgos to Profitis Ilias

    by mariaschmidt Written Aug 22, 2007

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    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

    Address: Go to Pyrgos and ask directions

    Directions: The highest village on Santorini, between Fira and Megalochori (toward Akrotiri).

    Our first stop on the way - and ancient church Me happy to be in Santorini  :-) The monastery on the top

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