Tired of your daily routine? The cost of living? Dullness? Lack of space? Or even the general bad mood? What if you took the step of expatriating abroad?
For many years now, Dubai, South Asia or Portugal have been on the rise, for many reasons. But Crete, with all its advantages, is not to be outdone!
Are you interested in living in Crete? Discover with us not only why it is very interesting to live there, both financially and from a lifestyle point of view, but also what are the possibilities for you to make this dream possible and accessible.
Why you should live in Crete?
Crete is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Greece. It is an ideal place for expatriates, especially because of the local population’s command of the English language. Investors and people looking for a second home will also be seduced by the island’s advantageous tax conditions.
The tax conditions in Crete are very interesting for foreign pensioners. Indeed, they pay only 7% tax for the first 15 years after moving to the island, a rate lower than that of Portugal, already considered a tax haven for retirees. Moreover, the cost of living in Crete is generally between 15% and 25% lower than in France.
The cities of Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon are particularly popular with expatriates, but other parts of the island also offer great opportunities. Most houses in Crete are around 100m² and often have a plot of land, a pool and a garage. The average cost of such a property is around 260 000€.
Crete is also an incredible natural heritage to discover and appropriate (humbly): the incredible beaches of Elafonissi, Preveli or Balos Beach, its mountains, its villages…
All in all, Crete is an ideal place for expatriates looking for a sunny, pleasant and economical place to live. The pleasant climate, rich culture and friendly people make it an ideal choice for people wishing to settle abroad.
Living in Crete: rent or buy easily on the spot
To rent an apartment in Crete, you can start by searching online listings on sites like Airbnb or local vacation rental sites.
You can also contact local real estate agencies to tell them about your search criteria and see if they have any offers for you. Thus, thanks to Rentola for example, you can find on their site rentals and even real estate to buy in Crete, in the main cities of the island: Chania, Heraklion, Rethymnon…
For those who want to take the plunge, perhaps, especially if you do not know Crete yet, you will want to discover the Cretans for a few months, thanks to a rental.