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Have you visited the charming town of Pyrgos?

Pyrgos Kasteli

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Pyrgos is a quaint, charming town that offers stunning scenery, as the former capital of Santorini and the best-preserved medieval settlement on the island.

One of the best things to do in Pyrgos Santorini is simply walk the ancient streets of town. The steps from the main square weave their way up towards the castle in between shops and local restaurants! 

The town is a great place to get to know the locals and see what everyday island life is really like, without the clamor of crowds of tourists. There are also opportunities to capture beautiful images along the tiny, winding footpaths that lead to side streets and cul-de-sacs housing scenic cafes, restaurants, and churches.

Must-see: The historic Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary (1660), one of Santorini’s largest and most important places of worship. 

Additionally, in Pyrgos you can come across some remarkable wineries, such as Venetsanos Winery, where you can visit the vineyards, learn about the history and production of the famed Santorini wine and, mainly, taste the surprisingly savory wine. 

Pyrgos Kasteli


Santorini Museum of the Past, the Cultural Village: also called the Cultural Village, the Santorini Museum of the Past allows you to step back in time. It’s more like a cultural living museum showing folk costumes, photographs and typical house interiors.

Highlight: If you feel inclined to visit Pyrgos, get your climbing shoes on. This is the only way to explore the Pyrgos Kasteli, the best preserved of the five Venetian castles that once adorned the island. Tip: don’t worry about getting lost; all paths will lead you to the top where the views are fantastic. 

Quick info:

6 km from airport 

6 km from port 

5 km from capital 

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