Amazing Things to do in Pyrgos – Santorini´s Underrated Gem

WHAT TO DO IN PYRGOS, SANTORINI

We all have stunning pictures of Oia and even Fira in our heads when we think about Santorini. But of course, there is more to Santorini than these two most famous villages. And today, let’s talk about a less famous, yet absolutely cute, place named Pyrgos Kallistisand the best things to do there. 

Pyrgos is the highest village on the island, one of the most beautiful areas in Santorini which makes it even more special. While I would not say it is a hidden gem necessarily, it is quite underrated even though it is an absolutely adorable village to visit and a top place to see in Greece.

Actually, it is so small and tiny that I cannot write much about it. Does it have many attractions? No, it surely does not have many sights. So, writing about the best things to do in Pyrgos and its best attraction is a bit hard because there is not much to write about.
 
In my shortest post ever, I will talk about some quick travel tips for Pyrgos – how to get to Pyrgos, where to stay and eat, what to do and see, and what else to know.
 

TRAVEL TIPS FOR PYRGOS KALLISTIS

Though there is not much text, there are many pictures to support my arguments about why to visit.
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HOW TO GET TO PYRGOS

The good news is: Whether you get around Santorini by car/taxi/ATV quad or bus – it is easy to get there from Fira, Oia, or other busy places. Unlike places like Fira or Oia, it is not directly located at the beach but rather inland.
 
It is just 8km from Fira and about 19km from Oia.
 
The bus even stops just at the foot of the pretty, pretty town. So, all you have to do is to reserve some time – at least a few hours – to stop by and visit Pyrgos.
 
I took the bus from Fira and spent a few hours in Pyrgos and then headed to Perissa afterward. And it could not have been an easier day trip.
  • The bus ticket is cheap (something like 2€ or so) and you get dropped off directly in Pyrgos (it takes about 20 minutes from Fira).

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN PYRGOS

Though I did not stay overnight, I had lunch and a coffee in Pyrgos, and here are my recommendations. 

For a coffee with a view, head to Penelope’s Ouzeri Pyrgos Santorini.

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The views were lovely. There is also an outdoor terrace next to Kasteli (fortress) named Franco´s Cafe.

For lunch, I went to a restaurant near the bus station – at Pyrgos Square – which also offers vegan dishes. Unfortunately, I did not write down the name of the place but there are only a few restaurants to choose from.

WHERE TO STAY IN PYRGOS

I did not stay overnight but while I was roaming Pyrgos, I spotted this very cute place that offers accommodation. This would probably be my first choice. With the permission of the owner, who just walked by, I took a couple of pictures.

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She, apparently, did not know that I was a blogger, but she smiled and said “feel free to post in on social media”. While I have not shared it on Instagram, I share it here as a tip on where to stay in Pyrgos.

FUN THINGS TO DO IN PYRGOS

And here are a few pictures to show you what I am talking about. So, from Pyrgos Square, head toward the fortress “Kasteli” (there is a sign and it is easy to find).

ROAM THE STREETS OF PYRGOS

Make sure to check out “all” streets. There are not many streets, but you might easily miss a few cute spots if you do not check out each street. Take your time!

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GO SHOPPING

I have stopped buying unnecessary items years ago. If you have to (or want to) buy souvenirs, I suggest buying them here rather than in the main villages, to support smaller businesses that do not see that many tourists.

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Castle of Pyrgos/Kasteli of Pyrgos

To get the best panoramic views, get to the castle of Pyrgos. Pyrgos is the highest village of Santorini – and the castle is on the highest point of Pyrgos – so, it is about the views!

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This castle and the walls are probably was built around 1580. It is well-preserved and you can stroll its alleyways without any entrance fee.

VISIT CHURCHES

No matter how small a village is, in Greece, you will always find a couple of churches. And this is also true for Pyrgos. And admittedly, the churches here are really unique. Look at this tiny church in this picture (Saint Dimitrios).

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Close to its entrance of the Kasteli lies the church of Agia Theodosia. And there are two churches inside the castle; the church of Koimisis of Theotokou (one of the oldest churches on the island) and the church of Eisodion of Theotokou (built at the highest point of the castle).

Visit the church itself but also make sure to walk around it for great views.

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ENJOY A DRINK WITH A VIEW

As mentioned previously, the drinks can come with a view. So, make sure to not only come here for a quick sightseeing tour but also plan in some time to take breaks and just soak in the views.

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As you can see, there is not that much to do in Pyrgos – however, it is a beautiful village that should be on your Santorini itinerary. So, whenever you plan a Greece trip – make sure to visit Pyrgos as well.

Check out my Greece itinerary.

Is Pyrgos Worth Going?

By now you probably have realized how much I enjoyed Pyrgos.

So, when you ask me if Pyrgos is worth it, my answer is straight: yes! Yes, visiting Pyrgos is worth it! 

Pyrgos is beautiful! Pyrgos is cute! Pyrgos is authentic! Pyrgos is less busy and crowded than Oia or Fira! Pyrgos is easily accessible – even with public transportation. 

Pyrgos is worth it!

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