Pyrgos was built on the top of a hill and was until the early 1800, the capital of the island. The village is composed of traditional houses built around the Venetian Castle and the small streets follow the shape of the hill. Climing from the square up to the castle of Pyrgos, the stone houses crowd more densely together and the labyrinth of narrow vaulted lanes becomes more tortuous. The village has many churches, around 33, but the most famous is the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, where a small collection of ethnographic material and old icons are exhibits. Pyrgos is a lovely place, winter and summer alike. Although it is one of the prettiest places of the island, Pyrgos has only recently won a place on the tourist map. It has become known largely because of the splendid Easter celebrations instituted a few years ago by its deputy mayor. The day before the Plam Sunday, the whole place is fragrant with the scent of the rosemary that decorates the 17 metre cross. The whole island turns out the procession of the Epitaphios on Good Friday when the village decked with tin lanterns so that glows like a jewel in the night. Pyrgos is a place that certainly worth a visit and dedicate enough time to the most fabulous panoramic view of the island.
Places near Pyrgos
Megalochori (or Megalohori, Megaloxori) is the first village we meet if we arrive at Santorini by boat, after climbing Athinios port caldera. It is located between Pyrgos, Emporio and Akrotiri at a distance of less than 10 km from Fira. It is made of hundreds of small white painted houses built the one upon the other and it is characterised by its beautiful churches. It combines traditional architecture with vaulted houses and calderimia (stone-cobbled narrow pathways) and a lively community with a fairly large permanent population. Megalochori attracts a fair number of tourist, choose it as a handy base for exploring the island: it is not faraway from Fira, and within easy distance of Akrotiri and the beaches of Perissa, Perivolos, Agios Georgios and Vlihada of the South coast.