Pyrgos Santorini Hidden Gem Panoramic Views

If you visit the island of Santorini during Orthodox Easter time, everyone will tell you to make sure to visit the village of Pyrgos on Good Friday (in Greek: Megali Paraskevi). Pyrgos means “Tower” in Greek and is a hidden gem on the island.

It is the highest village on the whole island so it provides a panoramic view to both sides of the island.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

In the Easter period, they have a custom where they set thousands of little fires all over the castle area and church.

The view (at night time) is spectacular and Pyrgos in Santorini is just 7km outside Thira (capital of Santorini) if you stay there.

However, Pyrgos in Santorini, is a nice village to visit outside the Easter season, even for a walk.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

As you enter the village you will find some pretty nice taverns with relatively good food. 

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

However, the main attraction is the tower and church at the top, along with all the small alleys on your way there.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

There is also a very nice small coffee/wine house where you can enjoy a refreshment at the roof, along with gazing at the surrounding view. It is called Franco.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

Below is the view from the terrace of Franco’s. Nice place for a break, right?

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

Seems most people visit Pyrgos in order to take photos at the rooftops of the church and through the tower.

Here we are seeking a way to the roof.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views
Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

In various alleys of Pyrgos Santorini, there is a small variety of tourist shops with local products and artifacts.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views
Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

We walked all these alleys to experience the local architecture, which seems to vary from one of the caldera villages of Santorini.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

When you visit Pyrgos village, make sure to do it during day time, as the light is perfect in Santorini. We had a bit of cloudy weather, as you see.

Santorini Pyrgos Village Standing Proud with Panoramic Views

So, we had a nice time there but the village of Pyrgos wouldn’t be our village of preference (when it comes to accommodation).

However, it is a nice place not very far from the popular villages and worth to visit.

Make sure to read more of our articles about the things to do in Santorini.

Enjoy!

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