The capital of the Kassandra peninsula, Kassandreia is located inland only about 3 kilometres away from Siviri and traditionally this is where people living and working in the town went to the beach for their summer holidays. Siviri is predominantly a tourist resort, situated on the west coast of Kassandra approximately the half way down the peninsula a little before Fourka. The orientation is facing to the sunset in the west, which is often a spectacular sight to be seen!
Over the years, owing to the rise in tourism and with an extension to the central building plan in this area, which enabled the town to grow, Siviri is probably the most developed, organised and certainly a very popular town on this side of the peninsula. From Thessaloniki airport the distance is only about 80 kilometres and with the new smooth dual carriageway, which takes you all the way to Kassandreia it is reachable without traffic in just 45-50 minutes. This very easy access makes this resort very attractive to buyers and investors, especially people who live in Thessaloniki because it is not far to go for a weekend or even a day trip out of the city, so there is always a high demand for properties in this specific area.
Although Siviri can be very busy in the summer, over the winter it is a very quiet place and only has about 250 permanent residents. Most of the shops shut up from the autumn except for a couple of long established restaurants and a big supermarket on the main road at the entrance to the town. During the summer a lot more shops open including a fresh bakery, mini-markets, gift shops and of course restaurants and café-bars. The beach of Siviri is always excellent although a little narrow. It is naturally shaped like a bay with big rocks at each end, shallow and sandy waters.
Another big advantage to Siviri is the fact that Kassandreia, the central town of the whole Kassandra peninsula is so close and there they have a huge weekly open market every Tuesday, various kinds of doctors, numerous pharmacies, ambulance station, an urgent care hospital, municipality offices, banks, specialist shops such as garden centres, stationary, electrical appliances, kitchen and bathroom materials, a gym and lest we not forget to mention the well known German supermarket. Furthermore all these shops and services operate all year round.
One of the main tourist attractions in Siviri is of course the open-air amphitheatre where many famous Greek and foreign artists perform live every summer, at this stunning, unique location in the middle of the pine forest. Also, there are restaurants in Siviri on the beach with a very good reputation locally, which attract many visitors to the area and are open everyday even in the winter.
Within the central building plan of Siviri there are mostly one and two bedroom apartments but also a few small complexes with two bedroom maisonettes. Occasionally there are new projects in Siviri but they tend to sell fast. Outside of the town there are larger properties, detached, with private gardens, some with pools and generally more spacious options including a complex with 24 hour private security, in a very quiet, discreet location hidden by the forest with spectacular sea views.
There is also an area belonging to Siviri called Elani, where there are a couple of big organised housing estates, an old and another more recently built, which are situated in an area of natural beauty within the pine forest and with fantastic views. The property types there include two bedroom maisonettes and large detached houses, many having luxury standard features such as swimming pools.
When turning down off the main road and heading out towards “Elani”, the first properties you pass are actually on the later, more recently constructed complex, which is closer to Siviri. These are bigger and mostly detached, clad in an attractive local stone. The older of the developments is further along and has access to a fantastic sandy beach in front of the “Elani Bay Resort” Hotel, which also has a quality beach bar and restaurant open to local residents. They are a more traditional construction, with quaint white washed walls, stone floors and wooden windows.
Siviri is in general a much sought after area and naturally this buyer demand inflates the property prices. In Elani for example, a simple, 40 year old two bedroom maisonette for sale in a good condition but without a sea view can start from around 1300€ per m². Prices of apartments for sale in Siviri within walking distance of the sea also usually exceed 1300€ per m².