Village altitude 400 m
Village land area 0,12 km2
Region averege altitude 390 m, mountainous
Region land area 11,71 km2
Population 2011: 424, 2001: 562, 1981: 724, 1961: 1.253, & 1940: 1.750 inhabitants.
Area per person 273 m² per person.
Economy relies mainly on agriculture (olives trees, beekeeping and viticulture).
Pirgos village (Greek: Πύργος) is located in cool and pleasant surroundings, next to the river Amphilissus, at the center of the island, and at south-west foothills of “Ambelos” mountain (or Karvounis). The distances are: 16 km from Pythagorio town, 30 Km from Samos town, 20 Km from Karlovasi town and 17 Km from Marathokampos village.
Formerly, the village enjoyed great economic prosperity due to the large agricultural production but also the pivotal position since it is located in the center of southern Samos and is also serving the surrounding villages.
It is one of the largest villages in Samos island, with great agricultural production, mainly honey, oil, good quality wine and timber. Although lush forests used to surround the village, most were unfortunately destroyed by fire in 2000, still fortunatelly nature regenerates quickly, because of the fertile soil and abondance of water.
Due to the many running waters in the area of the village, there were many watermills, of which some have been included in a renovation project, one of them located within the village but unfortunately it still lays in ruins.
The village has charming architecture, with many picturesque stone-floored houses, with “sachnisi” (enclosed balcony, built with light materials) and external stairs, festooned with flowers, unfortunately many of them now abandoned.
The name was given to the village from it’s first inhabitant who came from the village Pyrgos located in the Peloponnese.top
- At Agios Georgios square, during the period of the second world war, an underground refuge existed there, so now there’s a war memorial erected at the spot.
- The imposing unfinished stone building that you see in the square, belongs to the former parish church of Agios Georgios, which was destroyed by fire a long time ago. Inside there is church built in 1971 for the preservation of the area’s sanctity.
- Outside the village, after 3 km to the west (on the road to Karlovasi town), there is a small shipyard building small wooden boats. 1 km further you will find the spot named “Kutsi”, a small forest of plane trees and several runing springs. Shortly after there’s a interesting store with herbs and honey products.