Pyrgos in Santorini
Pyrgos in Santorini is a unique village on this amazing island. You will find it in the center of Santorini, about 5km away from Fira and 15km away from Oia. There are few interesting aspects of this village and you will discover theme in this article. You can also check our hotels in Santorini, members of Onar Hotels Collection.
First of all, Pyrgos is the second capital of Santorini. The first capital was the castle situated on Skaros Rock in Imerovigli. Sometime in the 17th century, people abandoned this castle and settled in Pyrgos. Its name (Pyrgos=tower) was probably inspired by its location. Pyrgos is the highest, regarding elevation village of Santorini and therefore it offers 360 degree view. Additionally, when there is good visibility, you will be able to see other islands. On top of the hill where Pyrgos is built, you will see impressive castle. In these facilities all the administrative services were hosted during the time when the village was the capital of Santorini. Probably the most impressive structure, unfortunately destroyed today, was the defence system from pirates and other invaders. Local inhabitants used to slide hot oil down in order to protect themselves. Additionally, just above the castle, you will find Isodion Theotokou Church on top of the hill. This is the place you must visit in order to enjoy stunning view of Santorini.
Pyrgos in Santorini hosts one of the most impressive Easter traditions of Cyclades. Inhabitants of the village light up small fires in lamps and cans and place them on edges of alleys. Therefore, as you can imagine, the outcome is spectacular. Due to the beauty of Pyrgos during night with fires glowing, many people visit Santorini during Easter. You can find many videos of this event on You Tube. This tradition is organized on Good Friday.
This beautiful village play an important role in Santorini’ wine tradition. More than two wineries that feature awarded wine collections have their origin in Pyrgos. Additionally, the village is surrounded by endless vineyards. Therefore, many wine tours have as their destination this location. In Pyrgos village you will find typical aspects of santorinian village as well. Beautiful alleys with Canava-like houses, restaurants and shops as well as museum called “Santorini of the Past”. Yet it is so much more than a folklore museum. You can combine your exploration in Pyrgos with a visit to neighbour village, Exo Gonia.We hope that the above information were useful and inspirational to those of you who would like to visit Pyrgos.
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