Santorini “The Old Way”: The Hilltop Village of Pyrgos

After catching a high speed ferry to Santorini and disembarking at the old port, I wanted to start exploring right away. Pyrgos is a hilltop village in the center of Santorini with stunning panoramic views of the island. It’s also one of the least developed villages on the island, preserving its traditional charm. From the main square at the base of the hill, steep footpaths lead upwards through the densely clustered stone houses and neo-classical ruins. These labyrinthine streets are only navigable on foot or by donkey. With no traffic, you can really experience the medieval authenticity of the place – despite its gradually emerging status as a tourism village. Pyrgos path3 flora and sarah path us walking pyrg 2 domes dome flag view Grab your sunnies and hike to the top of the hill, strewn with the ruins of an ancient Venetian castle (Kasteli). The sunsets from up here are sensational. path2 funny face leaning wall church inside church inside church two Just beyond the front steps from this lovely church is the terrace of Franco’s Bar –  softly playing a mix of sultry wartime jazz and classical music. It is the perfect place to sip a gin fizz in the warm breeze and watch the sky change colors. francos patio francos church francos drink Sunset3 domeflag dusk sunset2 sunsetview sunset Pyrgos is a little spot of unspoiled ground where you can experience Santorini “the old way.” And with gobs of historic charm, and heavenly views like these, I hope it never changes.


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4 thoughts on “Santorini “The Old Way”: The Hilltop Village of Pyrgos

  1. Cathy

    Oh goodness Sarah! You are living out a dream that most of us have. We have thoroughly enjoyed viewing all these photos and marvel at your well descriptive synopsis, of each town. It brings tears to my eyes, as I reminisce on the time mom took all ” her girls” to Greece and how much she wanted to do it again! 😦

    By the way, Eddie is quite the photographer! As I said before, can’t wait until you return to the states and I meet your love.

    Love and miss you! Aunt Cathy

    Sent from my iPad

    1. godsavethescene Post author

      Wow, Cath – I now see why this country is so special to you! It is truly spectacular. You must have so many wonderful memories from your times with Yaya dear. I will be posting about Fira and Oia soon – so stay tuned 🙂

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