Samos island is in the Eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It’s geographically located between the parallels 37.49° and 37.37° to the North and the meridians 26.33° and 27.04° to the East. Samos is under a mile (1500 metres) from the coast of Asia Minor at its closest point. The nearest islands include Ikaria, Chios, Fourni and Patmos.
Samos is an Island steeped in history, culture and some of the most beautiful scenery Greece as to offer. Being the 8th largest Greek Isle, Samos has an area of 477km², boasts two cities and a variety of boutique tourist destinations from the delightful marina resort of Pythagorio to the picturesque Kokkari. With flights available direct from the UK, getting there has never been easier.
Samos benefits from the typical Greek climate, consisting of an abundance of sunshine offset by minimal rainfall. The table below illustrates the difference in average temperature, rainfall and hours of sunshine between Samos and London.
The landscape of Samos is breathtaking. There are two major mountains on the island, Kerkis standing at 1443 metres (taller than Ben Nevis!) and Ambelos measuring 1160 metres.
The capital, Vathy (or Vathi), is built on the lush slopes that surround the island’s deepest bay. Vathy has retained its individual appearance, with its attractive neoclassical houses and old mansions with colourfully painted facades. Although Samos has several fine archaeological sites, the island is most notable for its excellent beaches and plentiful opportunities for hiking, cycling, and windsurfing.
Not only is there an international airport on the island which receives flights from all over Europe, there are also two ferry terminals. Tourism on the island increased by 21% in 2006 and 40% of all tourism is from Greek Nationals, ensuring a strong local demand. At present, there is one five star resort on the Island: http://www.doryssa-bay.gr. We have commissioned Christie & Co. to produce a feasibility study into five star tourism on the island. The report that was produced strongly indicates that there is a need for further upmarket tourism on the island. Tour operators offering package holidays to Samos include Thomson, Tui, First Choice and Cosmos.
Located on the south coast of the island, Samos International Airport currently handles over 500,000 travellers per year. In the summer season, from May through to October, direct flights are available from both Manchester and Gatwick. Throughout the winter months flights can be taken from any major airport to Athens and then a connecting flight to Samos Island. This figure is expected to rise by 20% per year. There is an abundance of reasonably priced local car hire firms on the island as well as numerous organised excursions.
The beautiful location of Halcyon Hills languishes along the calm south eastern coast of Samos. Sheltered from the more choppy northern waters, the Halcyon Hills beaches benefit from a unique microclimate created by the coast of Turkey in the distance and the gentle slope of the hills behind the resort.
While the location of Halcyon Hills affords a measure of privacy; the local amenities are all within ten to fifteen minutes away. The charming fishing village of Klima is just a casual walk away.
As the site is built on a slope, all properties will have stunning sea views over the bay of Klima to Asia Minor. The concept behind the overall construction is to emulate the village tradition of the island. Therefore, the resort is split into hubs which encompass a range of property types. The varying design of the properties is intended to heighten the sense of community living while creating a pleasing and interesting aesthetic.
The resort of Halcyon Hills is located just 15km from the main airport and is within a ten minute drive to the capital of Samos. The site languishes on the south eastern coast of the island, between the villages of Posidonio and Psilli Ammos. The Halcyon Hills resort is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and provides stunning views of Turkey looking out over the Eptastadio channel.