Pyrgos is a town in central Thira, the largest island of the Santorini archipelago, and home to one of 5 Venetian castles that were built on the island to defend it against invaders.
In this article, the greater Pyrgos agglomeration is considered which includes Episkopi Gonias and Exo Gonia.
- See also: Santorini#Get_in
During Orthodox Easter, Pyrgos becomes a destination for pilgrims from all over Santorini, and the town is lit by thousands of candles placed on walls, roofs, and pretty much any reasonably flat surface.
- 1 Pyrgos Castle. The ruins of a Venetian castle erected for defensive purposes that once served as the administrative centre for the island.
- 2 Art Space, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 11:00 - 22:00 daily. Historic wine cellar converted into a museum and arts gallery.
- 3 Profeta Elías Monastery (Ιερά Μόνη Προφήτου Ηλία Θήρας), ☏ . Monastery on the hike from Imerovigli to Kamari. It is a prominent landmark on the island, but more often than not closed. Some of the architecture can be admired from outside the monastery walls, fortunately. It's rather off the beaten track, and not worth making a detour for.
- 4 Panaghia Episcope. A well preserved Byzantine church dated 1115.
- 5 Museum of Icons and Relics. appointment only. A small folklore museum with a collection of beautiful and valuable icons, sculptures, relics, vestments, books and other objects related to the liturgy and the church.
- 6 Radar station. A half spherical radar dome on top of a tower on the highest point of the island, that serves as a landmark for navigation and hikers in the area. It can be seen from almost everywhere on the Santorini archipelago in good weather conditions. The radar installation itself can't be visited.
Climb the mountain! There are both road and foot paths to the top. See the view from the monastery. It is quite spectacular. The monastery itself is usually closed, but on rare occasions, you can visit. If on foot, you can take a path down the other side of the mountain to Kamari or Perissa, and see Ancient Thira along the way. Note that the path is not marked -- heading up, it comes off of the left side of the road, very close to the top.
There are plenty of souvenir shops within the perimeter of the Venetian castle, and also several art galleries. Water, snacks, and supplies can be purchased in 2 mini markets near the bus stop.
- Selene Restaurant, ☏ . Offers Greek and Santorini cuisine in accordance with the current gastronomical trends, based on experimentation and the use of local products. Open for lunch & dinner from the beginning of April until the end of October.
- Senor Zorba's, ☏ , email@example.com. Mexican restaurant, excellent margaritas. Go to the lookout outside Senor Zorba's to enjoy your breakfast enjoying the view of the caldera from a cliff-top. Across the road from Senor Zorba's is an incredible bakery. Sweet and savoury pastries and breads are available.
- 1 Rymidi, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. noon - midnight daily. Mediterranean grill restaurant.
- 2 Anemos, ☏ , email@example.com. 10:00 - midnight daily. Meat and sea food restaurant.
- 3 Aroma Avlis, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Restaurant and wine bar.
- 4 Anemoloos, ☏ , email@example.com. Sea food and sandwiches.
- 5 Metaxy Mas (Μεταξύ Μας), Έξω Γωνιά, ☏ . 16:00 - 23:00 daily. Casual Greek restaurant.
- 1 Santo Winery, ☏ , fax: . Wine tasting with outdoor terrace that offers a magnificent view over the caldera. Guided tours must be reserved in advance.
- 2 Argyros Estate, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. The largest winery on Thira by area, with over 120 ha of vineyards carefully managed to produce top wines since 1903. The winery has been a family business of the Argyros family for 4 generations.
- 3 Santorini Brewing Company, ☏ , email@example.com. M-Sa 12:00 - 17:00. Beer brewery open to visits after reservation online. Free.
- 4 Artemis Karamolegos Winery, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Wine tasting and shop.
- 5 Brusco Wine Coffee Deli, ☏ , email@example.com. noon - midnight daily. Cafe and wine bar.