Bay View Resort is a select development of villas, penthouses, bungalows, and townhouses, located in the Lassithi Prefecture, at the undiscovered eastern end of the Greek island of Crete, the most south-easterly corner of Europe. The area has a long history dating back to prehistorical times, and the remains of Minoan, Cretan, Aegean, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman settlements echo the tides of civilisation that have swept this land. Natural treasures include a scattering of uninhabited off-shore islands; the crystal-clear blue waters of the south-eastern Mediterranean; long sandy beaches, secluded coves, and rocky headlands; and a mountainous hinterland where occasional rivers cut deep gorges and irrigate lush green plateaux. The whole area is punctuated by traditional Cretan villages, where the visitor can experience a warmth and hospitality unmatched in Europe. Long hot summers and short mild winters make this an exceptional destination for relaxation, and the whole area has a special beauty that reflects serenity and tranquility. Some of the best places on Crete can be found here, including Markry-Gialos, where Candia Developments is regenerating rare undiscovered land in a location that combines outstanding lifestyle with dynamic potential growth.
Living at the sunniest coast of Europe
Makrigialos (official spelling: Makrigialos is located in the south east part of Crete, and has one of the finest climates in Europe. It is not without reason that Makrigialos is called the “Sunny site of Crete”. It has the highest amount of sunshine hours, and the summer season lasts longer then any other region on the island or indeed elsewhere in Europe. It is an area of extraordinary beauty, with miles of unspoiled pristine sandy beaches, perfect Mediterranean climate, clear turquoise blue seas, imposing mountains, wonderful villages, picturesque scenery, and rolling hills. Makrigialos is free from mass tourism and noisy crowds, secluded in beautiful mountains, with extensive sandy beaches overlooking the southern Mediterranean Sea. The whole area is an excellent example of one of the few places in Europe where you can find majestic mountains that drop down to the sea, within a few kilometers of several wonderful sandy beaches. The region of Makrigialos is an outstanding example of Cretan beauty and hospitality, with all the amenities of modern life, but retaining the traditional feel of Cretan village life, providing a very warm and friendly welcome to visitors that is unmatched elsewhere in Europe.
East Crete has the privilege of remaining largely undiscovered. Very few developments have been established, and existing projects are small in size. The east is a varied rural tableau of small pine forests, endless olive groves, elegant grapevines, fertile plateaux and valleys, and impressive palm trees. These features nestle amongst high granite mountains and sit alongside colourful rocky coastal cliffs and beaches that range from fpebble to golden and white sand. Property prices and general living costs remain lower than anywhere else on the island.
The two main towns of the region are Sitia, 35km to the north, and Ierapetra, 25km to the west. Both are in close and easy proximity to Bayview, and each provides commercial, administrative, and healthcare facilities. The expansion of the existing Sitia National airport to handle international flights will provide direct flights via European destinations from 2011, and Sitia airport is expected to be a prime destination for all major airlines. At the same time, Sitia harbour is under expansion to accommodate international cruise ships, and is also due for completion in 2011.
Championship Golf and Leisure Facilities
Final construction permits were approved in October 2009 for Phase 1 of the Sitia Bay Golf Resort, which comprises a 200 room luxury hotel and spa, set in 280 hectares with 2.5km of sea front. The resort will be a 10 minute drive from Sitia airport and 35 minutes from Bay View. It will boast an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Championship Golf Course and club house, together with a Beach and Country Club, and other premier leisure facilities.
Makrigialos Investment Opportunity
Nearly 35% of the Makrigialos area is under the European NATURA program, where extremely rigid building regulations are in force for any form of development. This control becomes increasingly restrictive each year, and will ensure the future protection of the local landscape. The increasing restrictions on construction are excellent news for any investor with property here, where prices in Makrigialos are around 15% lower than the north of Crete. Once the entire infrastructure is in place, along with the Championship Golf Course, prices in Makrigialos and surrounding areas will rise significantly. The area of Makrigialos is a growing holiday destination choice for European property investment, with an all year round climate to match the strong investment opportunities not apparent elsewhere in Europe.
Lagada - Makrigialos is where Candia Developments are creating a Contemporary Mediterranean Village of a bespoke, tailor-made design, where all the latest technological and lifestyle amenities are being applied, providing excellent living and entertaining space for use throughout the year. The development is located in a gently rising 6-acre amphitheater in the heart of the Cretan countryside, just 300 meters from the crystal clear waters of the southern Mediterranean Sea, where Lagada beach offers a beautiful, peaceful, sand/pebble beach. All remaining properties on Phase 2 have excellent direct views of the mountains, beach and sea. The architectural design of the resort is focused on creating interactive indoor and outdoor spaces. Direct access is available to every corner of the property, and full advantage is taken of the landscape and environmental characteristics of the surrounding scenery. The build process is marked by the use of approved ecological methodologies.
Bayview 1 consists of 50 properties, ranging in size from 40m2 to 80m2, and all properties were delivered for full occupancy in June 2009. The complex has proved a huge success, and was embraced warmly by owners and rental visitors alike throughout the summer and fall of 2009.
Bayview 2 consists of 35 properties, all with excellent sea views and stunning mountain views. This complex is currently under construction, and completion is due in November/December 2010. The development consists of...
Bayview 3 & 4 will consist of 110 individual properties in varying styles and sizes, which are currently at the architectural design stage.
All properties are sold with freehold title, unrestricted sea and mountain views, and with communal facilities to include...
Lagada Ridge Villas
The timeless beauty of the Makrigialos Mediterranean coast is the backdrop for the Lagada Ridge Villas. Overlooking the Bay View Village project, with breathtaking views of the countryside and the Lagada coastline, these properties combine location, leisure, luxury, and privacy. Lagada Ridge will blend traditional allure and modern luxury to capture both the tranquility of rural Crete and the pleasures of contemporary life. This luxury villa project offers the utmost in privacy and style, upon which Candia Developments reputation for high standards is based. Shaped to the contours of the Lagada Ridge, this is a development that truly respects and enhances the natural environment and landscape.
Value for money
A short walk to the beach, close to all usual facilities, these quality apartments, townhouses, and luxurious villas represent excellent value for money in an area that is likely to experience significant capital growth. Candia Developments provides an ‘on-site’ Property Management Service (CPMS), that enables owners to enjoy specially designed services at very commercial rates. The aim of CPMS is to maintain and improve the home, preserving its initial development while safeguarding the buyer’s interests. All properties will be kept in prime condition, maintaining and increasing their value, and leaving owners and their guests free to enjoy the leisurely Mediterranean island lifestyle.
Peace and quiet
Numerous small deserted coves and a wide variety of sea shores, from rocky and wild to calm and sandy, crystal clear waters, brilliant hues of blue, deserted islands, little havens for nature lovers and explorers of the sea world. Within a range of several kilometers from Bayview there is all that visitors to Crete would expect to see. Exotic sandy beaches, the beach of Vai which features the largest natural palm forest in Europe, many miles of tropical seashore at Xerokambos and the richest and most intact sea biotope in the Aegean, north from the island of Psyra where there are fine corals.
The real Crete
A journey around the Makrigialos area is a journey of rare beauty, inexplicable contradictions, and magnificent cultural treasures. People who wish to experience the real Crete will find here the roots of a unique culture and presence that has survived in this region thanks to the bounty of a magnificent nature, the creative mixing of great civilizations, and a geographical isolation and independence.