Why you Need to Visit Pyrgos Kallistis in Santorini
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Pyrgos Kallistis is a village that can be found in the center of the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece. Since it’s located at the island’s highest point, that means there are plenty of things to do that involve gazing at the magnificent view! The streets are are narrow, and there is also a maze of walls and secret passageways that hail from its Medieval history. If you spend some time here, you will find that there are a variety of things to do that appeal to all ages and interests. Here’s an overview:
Visit the Hatzidakis Winery
The Hatzidakis Winery is located outside the village and the building for the winery itself is a bit tucked away amidst the private vineyards. The vibe here is that the winery, and the wines themselves, are down to earth and accessible – the wines appeal to a variety of different pallets and seem to go perfectly with the food. They are a small batch winery that creates premium, modern wines that everyone will enjoy. While there, you won’t want to miss the chance to try their famous Vinsanto dessert wine. You’ll also want to take in the incredible views of the surrounding area.
Enjoy the Santo Winery
The Santo Winery is known for its sophistication and technological advancement, and as a result, it can get busy! Over 80,000 tourists visit this facility every year. This modernized winery contains advanced methods of wine production that are quite environmentally friendly. Upon entry, visitors will see that Santo Winery is built on five different levels, a tactic they employed to promote energy conservation. You can learn how to make wine here and gain special insights into their process. Besides tasting their wines, this winery also boasts some great views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Visit the Ruins of Kasteli Castle
Do you love to step into the pages of history? If so, then the ruins of Kasteli Castle is a place you absolutely must visit! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, however, because the castle is only accessible on foot. However, it lies at the highest point of Pyrgos Kallistis, so the hike will be well worth your time. The Kasteli Castle was one of five castles constructed by the Venetians during the late 15th century. It was once the city’s administrative center. This castle was built for the purpose of protecting its citizens from invasions, so interestingly enough, there is only one entrance to the Kasteli Castle.
Visit the Profitis Ilias Monastery
Profitis Ilias Monastery is located near the village of Pyrgos Kallistis. This monastery was built in dedication to the prophet Elijah.Built in 1711, the monastery was first known as a facility that possessed significant wealth. The monastery even had a private ship that was used to conduct private business affairs. Today, things are much different. Visitors can check out the assortment of icons and relics in the monastery’s museum. In addition to viewing wooden sculptures and embroidery displays from the 17th and 18th centuries, tourists can enjoy the museum’s shoe-making and wine-making displays.
As you can see, the village of Pyrgos Kallistis on the island of Santorini has plenty to do! Spend your days sightseeing and then take in a great meal at one of the restaurants or tavernas.
This post was written by Greek Boston