Santorini is my favorite island. I have been there three times, but all over ten years ago. Last year I felt I had missed the magical breeze and the breathtaking caldera scenery. A few days before I organized the trip, a friend told me about a village, called Pyrgos, a picturesque little paradise. I love the hamlets and the tranquility so I decided in the first few days of my trip that I would go there. I was fortunate enough to stay in a brand new cave house and it made my experience even more beautiful!
Pyrgos, with its Venetian architectural castle, Kastelli, dominates the hill of the prophet Elias. It is the highest village in Santorini, about ten kilometers south-east of Fira, and it was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Cars can only access the main square (you there you will find the famous Selini restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Greece and Europe which moved in 2010 from Fira to Pyrgos) then the village extends to the alleys.
My walks in the village on the first day made me feel a sense of peace and quiet, reinforced by the pastel colors of the sunset and the sounds coming from the lounge music of the romantic restaurants and the church bells. We had a meal on a lovely terrace at a restaurant called Cava Alta, especially for the view and the special risotto I saw on their menu. A good decision, in terms of food and a great atmosphere.
After the meal, our footsteps took us to Franco’s café-bar, or maybe classical melodies dragged us there. Here we were able to admire the incredible view, classical music and unique Santorini wine. It allowed me to relax even more until it was time to return to the hot tub in the cave house for the grand finale of the day.
If you are lost in the picturesque alleys of Pyrgos, visit the Santo Wines, Santorini cooperative cellar, to taste the award-winning wines, overlooking the volcano. The visit to Santo Wines includes 7 different service packages ranging from a simple visit of the cellar building to the visit of the winemaking stages and a trial of 3 wines at 15 €, plus a guided tour with a documentary on the history of the island’s winemaking and the unique characteristics of Santorini’s volcanic vineyards. You will also be able to taste 18 special wines accompanied by platters of traditional flavors with Greek cheese, olives, Santorini tomato paste, Fava and rusks at 55 €.
Pyrgos is pure magic! A stroll through the streets at sunset is just breathtaking and a sensation you want to experience over and over again. That’s why I would like to be able to visit this place again on Easter, where a very impressive custom takes place. I discovered that on Easter Friday, shortly before the release of the epitaph of the central church of the Inquisition of the Virgin Mary, the inhabitants lit chimneys in tunnel lamps throughout the village… A decor magic on a magic island.
All pictures by Polina Paraskevopoulou (Copyright)
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