Pyrgos can found at the highest
point of Santorini, with panoramic views of the whole island
all the way to the village of Oia. This hillside village was
declared a protected settlement in 1995.
Pyrgos is a typical Fortress Settlement of the Cyclades.
On the hilltop you can find ruins of Kasteli Castle, one of
the five 'kastelia' on the island. It became the capital of
Santorini after the abandonment of Skaros Castle in the mid
18th century, and before Fira, which is the capital of Santorini
today. There is a memorial plaque near the entrance to the
castle, commemorating those who died in the Second World War.
Traditional architecture, remains of neo-classical mansions,
narrow winding paths leading up the hillside, small white
houses, galleries, vineyards, churches, breathtaking sunsets
... Pyrgos is truly magical.
If you make your way up from the main square towards the
mansion of Zannos Melathron and up, you will discover one
or two wonderful hillside cafes from which you can sip on
a glass of wine and breathe in the sunsets and the panoramic