Cast high in the Santorini hills, Pyrgos in Santorini gazes seductively over vineyards, distant caldera villages and the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. It’s lofty position makes it the highest village of Santorini, the super model of the Greek islands.
What’s Special about Pyrgos, Santorini?
Away from the busy caldera towns, the vibe in Pyrgos is chilled, relaxing, and truly authentic. It really is a hidden oasis on this bustling island. The charming village of Pyrgos is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Profitis Ilias, the tallest point on the island of Santorini. There are wonderful restaurants tucked away in its cobbled streets and squares filled with bougainvillea. You can watch the iconic Santorini sunsets from Pyrgos, dine in fabulous Greek tavernas and slip into relax and recharge mode. Pyrgos is also well known for its beautiful luxury villas and cave houses, many with private mini plunge pools or heated jacuzzi. Check out this Pyrgos Villa for rates and availability.
Things to Do on Your Pyrgos Villa Holiday
When you choose to stay in Pyrgos, one of the highlights will be exploring the village. Wander through the pretty streets and up to the medieval castle of Pyrgos, the best preserved on the island. From the summit of the village, soak up breath-taking views across Santorini and out to surrounding Cycladic islands.
If you feel like some adventure, visit the lava islands in the sea-filled caldera. Take a catamaran or sailing boat; they close cruise past the volcano and stop for a therapeutic swim in the hot springs. You’ll also explore Santorini’s southern coastline stopping off or swimming and snorkelling in iconic locations such as Red Beach. Alternatively, hop on a boat from the old port in Fira and hike up the volcano.
You also have the chance to go wine-tasting since Pyrgos is surrounded by excellent wineries. One of the most popular wineries, Santo Winery is located on the caldera just minutes from the village. Here you can sample some of the island’s unique wines and soak up views across the sea-filled caldera all the way to Akrotiri and Oia, on the island’s northern tip.
If you’re interested in learning more about the prehistoric history of the island, then take time out to visit the prehistoric site of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. Also known as the Pompei of Greece, the Minoan city of Akrotiri was devastated by the volcanic eruption in 1627 BC, but the volcanic ash preserved frescoes, 3-storey buildings, and mosaics.
If you enjoy relaxing by the sea, then head over to south east coast and spend the day on the volcanic black sands of Kamari or Perivolos beaches. You’ll have a pick of great beach bars with comfy sun loungers and even beach service. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean and kick back on your lounger and soak up some Greek sunshine.
Explore stunning Oia and then head to neighbouring Ammoudi for seafood by the sea.
Other activities such as horse riding, sea kayaking and diving are also popular choices. Your accommodation will be able to organise these for you.