Choosing where to stay in Santorini is often a cause for confusion. Pyrgos Village is a hidden gem of Santorini that is often not mentioned in the main tourist guides and travel blogs.
Pyrgos is the Most Beautiful and Authentic Santorini Village
Pyrgos is a picture-perfect village. If you’re looking for an idyllic place to stay on Santorini, then Pyrgos will not disappoint. The highest village on the island, Pyrgos provides superb panoramas and stunning sunsets. Its winding medieval streets and blue-domed churches lead up to the oldest castle on the island, the Kastelli. Unlike other towns in Santorini, tourist development has been subtle and in keeping with the village’s identity. Protected by the Archaeological Society, Pyrgos retains much of the character of this former capital of Santorini. There’s a perfect mix of locals and visitors and this makes Pyrgos an authentic destination in Santorini.
No Crowds Here
Santorini is undoubtedly a stunning island and very Instagrammable. The problem with certain parts of the island is that they can be over-run with visitors. Pyrgos village on the other hand never feels crowded. Even in the height of summer, this laid-back village has a relaxed and recharge vibe to it.
Pyrgos is a Foodie’s Paradise
Considering Pyrgos isn’t on the normal tourist trail, it does have an amazing selection of places to eat and drink. Friendly tavernas line the narrow, cobbled streets, some with roof top terraces and killer sunset views. Also attracting the local Greeks, you won’t find tourist traps here. The quality of restaurants and Greek tavernas is excellent and the prices better than the busier towns of Fira and Oia. Sample some of the island’s specialties, like fava (a split pea puree) and the delicious tomato balls. Head for the main square and sit under the shade of pine trees and tuck into a Greek meze or sharing plate equivalent to the Spanish tapas. For cocktails, make a bee line to the castle area and bag a table in Franco’s.
Minutes’ from the Iconic Santorini Caldera
Pyrgos is not on the caldera edge but inland, a short 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from those classic plunging sea-and-cliff views.
Pyrgos is surrounded by vineyards and excellent wineries
Santorini is famous for its wine and Pyrgos is slap bang in the middle of many great wineries. The most popular is called Santo Wines. You can choose to sample a variety of wines and soak up the magnificent view of the Santorini caldera.
The volcanic beaches of Santorini are within easy reach
If you want to visit the unique volcanic beaches of Santorini, then Pyrgos is just a 10-to-15-minute drive away from some of the best beaches on the island. Perissa and Kamari are popular choices and come with all the usual beach amenities you’d expect including some excellent beach bars. If you prefer more virgin beaches, then the lunar landscape beach of Vluchada is well worth a visit.
Great value places to stay
Being just inland from the caldera means that you get more for your Euro here, as far as accommodation is concerned. Expect larger accommodations, many with private sun terraces and heated jacuzzi pools. Check out this luxury Pyrgos Villa in the heart of Pyrgos village.