Sky-high village with a traditional feel
The tiny, historic village of Pyrgos sits cupped in Santorini's eastern coast, crowning one of the highest points of the island. Its panoramic views stretch over to the picturesque village of Oia - as you'd imagine, the sunsets from here are jaw-drop stuff.
A classic Cyclades settlement, the village clusters around the ruins of Kasteli Castle, with traditional architecture and whitewashed houses working their way down the hillside. Little winding lanes thread their way through, with crumbling churches and a handful of cafes lining the way. A stay in Pyrgos is like stepping back in time; stroll through its narrow lanes, dine at tiny tavernas and stop at local wineries for a glass of local white.
There's a few bits for history buffs to get their teeth into, too. Don't miss the monastery and its accompanying museum, which hosts a 'Vanishing Santorini' exhibition that looks into the island's past.
The flight to Santorini is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Santorini airport to Pyrgos is approximately 15 minutes.
Like most Greek islands, Santorini’s long summer months stretch from April through to September or October. The dry, sunny spring months are warm enough for beach-going and sightseeing, and average highs top 30°C in July and August.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.