At the highest point of the island and only 8 kms from Fira, is situated Pyrgos. Ideal for those seeking history and culture.


At the highest point of the island and only 8 kms from Fira, is situated Pyrgos. The imposing castle, Kasteli, the once medieval fort of the island, impresses every visitor. It is located in the middle of the village, since people, after the end of pirate invasions, started to build their houses outside the castle walls. So, instead of the castle surrounding the village, we see the opposite. It is worth visiting the monastery of Prophet Elia and Theotoki, the church of Virgin Mary, the most ancient medieval structure in the island.

Who Goes to Pyrgos?

Pyrgos holidays are ideal for those seeking history and culture mixed in with a enjoyable beach holiday.

Destination Profile

For a magical holiday look no further than Pygos, at the highest point of Santorini, where  panoramic views over the island will remain etched in your memory for ever.

Stay in a small and exclusive ultra-deluxe hotel hand-picked by Olympic Holidays for  discerning guests who want to absorb the Greek culture and lifestyle.

To discover the island’s immense history guests can wander along narrow lanes to the castle and churches, stop off at galleries and call in to traditional hillside cafes for a taste of the real Greece.


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Things To Do

Fira: An abundance of bars, shops, cafes and tavernas, some offering views of the Caldera. Beautiful cobbled streets, mixing old with new. Some night clubs to dance the night away.

Oia: Hosts the most fantastic view on Santorini. Spectacular sunsets. Beautiful white washed and blue domed houses. This is the most picturesque village in Greece so ensure you do not forget your camera.

Pyrgos: Large village retaining its medieval features. Highest point on the island.

Walking: Recommended throughout the island. Push bikes can be rented too.

Things To See

Hot Springs: Possible to visit by boat and a fantastic way to relax on your holiday. Here you can soak up the therapeutic mud and enjoy a leisurely swim. Located at Palea Kameni, next to Nea Kameni (old burnt one), which is the volcano.

Ancient Thira: The site of Ancient Thira is situated on the rocky headland of Mesa Vouno, 370 metres above sea level on the southeast coast. This site was re-colonised after the great eruption.

Akrotiri: An ancient Minoan city, located in the village of the same name, where excavations in Santorini still continue to this day. There is also a castle (Goulas) which is now ruined (after the Turkish invasion in 1617).

Fira Architecture: The capital with the spectacular architecture of its dazzling white houses. The volcano lies exactly opposite, still emitting puffs of steam. The town is situated 27.5 metres above sea level.

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