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 and the best things to do there.
Pyrgos is the highest village on the island and thus even more special and it is one of the most beautiful areas in Santorini. While I would not say it is a hidden gem necessarily, it is quite underrated even though it is an absolutely cute village to visit and a top place to see in Greece.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR PYRGOS
HOW TO GET TO PYRGOS
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN PRYGOS
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.
The views were lovely. There is also an outdoor terrace next to Kastelli 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).
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.
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 as here as a tip on where to stay in Pyrgos. Check out prices for Valsamo Suites.
FUN THINGS TO DO IN PYRGOS
And here are a few pictures to show you what I am talking about. So, from Pyrgus Square, head toward “Kastelli” (there is a sign).
ROAM THE STREETS OF PYRGOS
Make sure to check out “all” streets. There are not many streets and you might easily miss a few cute spots if you do not check out each street.
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.
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).But of course, the main church is the Castelli of Pyrgos which sits on the top of a hill – visit the church itself but also make sure to walk around the church for great views.
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.
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.