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Private Tour: Santorini Sightseeing with Photo Stops on the Fira to Oia Hiking Trail
"Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and then meet your guide at your Santorini hotel. Take a seat inside your luxury air-conditioned car or minivan (depending on the size of your private group) and set off to explore the island’s southern coast. As you travel listen to your private guide’s enlightening commentary about Santorini and drink in stunning views of the caldera vine-clad hills and sugar cube houses.Make a brief photo stop at the lighthouse on the southern tip of the island before visiting a family-run store to sample homemade delicacies such as sundried tomatoes capers and goat cheese.Next get a glimpse of old-world Greece as you travel through Pyrgos village. Then
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day
"With a customized itinerary that is tailored to suit your needs and interests spend your chosen five or eight hours on Santorini visiting the cultural historical and natural landmarks that interest you the most. During your tour speak with your private driver-guide about the types of things you would like to see so that the logistics can be arranged.On the day of your tour meet your driver-guide at your Santorini hotel and then set off in a premium
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini
"Setting sail from the southern port of Vlychada and following the coastline you will reach the red beach in Akrotiri one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with a distinct red coloration caused by the rich in minerals and iron soil. Then head to the white rocky beach where a stop for swimming and snorkeling is made and highly recommended. After all no one can resist the crystal clear blue waters with the abounding underwater environment and reefs. Heading to the Venetian lighthouse you will sail below the Indian Rocks through caves and rock formations characteristic of the Aegean landscape. Entering the caldera of Santorini
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Pyrgos Village Tips (24)

Pyrgos - Churches

There are literally dozens of churches in Pyrgos of all shapes and sizes from small chapels to huges almost cathedral size affairs. I think our guidebooks put the number at 45 - you'd be hard pressed to find them all as some are almost invisble, blending into the surrounding houses and streets so that sometimes you just stumble upon one unexpectedly. 45 may seem like a lot of churches for such a small village, but then Santorini has I think about 365 altogether on what is really quite a small island.

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steventilly
Jun 17, 2006

ANIMAL SANCTUARY IN PYRGOS

The Santorini Animal Welfare Association (SAWA) has an animal sanctuary in the heart of the village of Pyrgos. If you find a sick or injured animal on the island you can bring them to the Animal Hospital they operate in Messaria. They have a Veterinarian who can help them. SAWA was started in March 1994 with 80 members and elected Margarita Valvis as their President. Members pay an annual fee to support their work, transport and feed sick animals. They now even have a chapter in Mainz Germany!
They have collection containers for donations outside of their gates in Pyrgos and at the Animal Hospital. Please donate generously!

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DAO
Jan 11, 2009

Pyrgos - Narrow Streets

There's a bit of a sprawling modern part to Pyrgos, the bit you arrive in first when you walk in, or where you get off the bus if you take the bus. To see "real" Pyrgos you have to venture up into the old village with its narrow whitewashed streets and alleyways, full of steps, tunnels and churches.
Some of the houses in the old village are derelict, some are most fabulously restored and many lie half way between these extremes.
The alleyways are so narrow and steep that no vehicles can manage them, not even the scooters that seem to get everywhere. The only thing you'll see in the old village is donkeys. This pair were bringing building materials for some of the restoration work going on in the vilage.
Most paths lead up hill (don't they always) and at the top is an old castle that contains a variety of architectural ruins and churches.

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steventilly
Jun 18, 2006

Pyrgos

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.

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Oct 28, 2004
 
 
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Pyrgos - Castle

There's not a lot left of Pyrgos castle, just the shells of its walls and ruins inside. There's also a collection of churches (or church-like buildings) inside, one of which houses an icon museum. It's an interesting place to spend a half hour or so and one of the best things is the fantastic views over the Santorini countryside that you get from the walls of the castle. You can see every side of the island and almost every town and village, with the exception of Perissa which is hidden by the large landmass between it and Kamari.

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Jun 17, 2006

Former capital

Pyrgos was one of five fortified towns built by the Venetians in the 15th century, and therefore one of the oldest villages on the island. It was built on the slope of the 566m-high Profitis Ilias hill, and was the capital of the island until the early 1800s. The village still preserves the structure and characteristics of the fortified Venetian town, and is formed by traditional Cycladic houses, Byzantine churches, and Medieval manors built around a Venetian castle. From the castle you'll have an incredible panoramic view of the whole island.

It is a very picturesque village worth seeing.

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Helga67
Jun 12, 2008

PYRGOS IN SANTORINI

Pyrgos is a traditional village built on the slopes of Mt. Profitis Ilias, in the center of Santorini Island.

One of the most impressive Santorini villages, with Byzantine churches, Medieval Manors and Venetian Castle.
The beaches of Kamari and Perissa are located just a few kilometers from Pyrgos village.

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greekcypriot
Aug 15, 2010

The old village

The old village of Pyrgos is clustered on the hill – a maze of narrow alleyways and walkways far too narrow for anything but a donkey and cart. There are numerous churches which tell of a deeply religious society at one time. Many of the churches are very tiny and easy to miss, I think maybe they were for private family prayer. There are excellent views from the remains of the castle at the top over the island but, as on the day we were there, it can get very windy.

Times are changing here but more slowly than the villages on the rim of the caldera such as Fira and Oia. Some of the old properties have been renovated, there was a souvenir shop and one place had been converted into a small hotel, but others remain run-down or derelict. The local resident on his sleepy donkey was making a few euros from encouraging tourists to take pictures of him !

Pyrgos is interesting as it shows what life must have been like before tourism, however, to me the old village still had an air of melancholy. I noticed one place that was probably a small holding once – it consisted of a modest farm building, an enclosed area presumably for animals and a little field of grass – but the place was long deserted except by the wind.

We stopped for a tasty lunch in the newer part of Pyrgos at Taberna Kallisti. If you would like more details have a look at Andrew’s pages, (alucas).

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Jan 15, 2008

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Pyrgos Village

Pyrgos lies in the middle of the island a few km south of Fira. It was roughly 30 minutes walk from our hotel to the village, which stands on the top of a hill and is visible from all around (see photo). This position also means that the views from the village are fantastic, taking in both coasts and the sprawl of sugar cubes that is Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli. It's an impressive sight, and possibly the best place to view the island from.

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Jun 17, 2006

Church in Pyrgos

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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kentishgirl
Oct 28, 2004

White labyrinth

Pyrgos was born in the Middle Ages and, in order to protect its people from enemies, it was build as a labyrinth of narrow streets. Most of the buildings don't have windows on the lower floors so that every street looks the same. In addition, some of them ends with a wall. No wonder that invaders got lost and ended up in a dead end where the inhabitants of Pyrgos could attack them almost whithout risks.
Now a modern village has grown outside the old one, but the labyrinth still makes its victims among tourists: we got lost several times!

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BurgerQueen
Feb 29, 2008

Wandering in the alleys.

This is a town that's worth a stop. Lose yourself in the streets and have a look at some of the colorful streets and buildings. It's not a hidden treasure but if you're an explorer like me, you'll enjoy an hour or two here.

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Q-Man
Oct 29, 2006

Things to Do Near Santorini Island

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Fira

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Mylopotas Beach

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