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Rhodes, Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Rhodes, Greece: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Rhodes?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Rhodes, they said:

"Rhodes, is a popular destination for expats due to its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and warm climate. Before moving to Rhodes, it's important to understand the local culture, lifestyle, and legal requirements. Greek is the official language of Rhodes, so learning some basic Greek phrases can be beneficial. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations. The cost of living in Rhodes is generally lower than in many Western European countries, but it can vary depending on the area. The island's economy is heavily reliant on tourism, which means that job opportunities may be seasonal and primarily in the service industry. Rhodes has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to prepare for the intense summer heat, especially if you're from a cooler climate. Greek cuisine is a highlight of living in Rhodes. The local diet is healthy and delicious, with a focus on fresh vegetables, fish, and olive oil. Healthcare in Greece is of a good standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Some medicines that are prescription-only in other countries can be bought over the counter in Greece. Public transportation in Rhodes is reliable and affordable, with a network of buses connecting different parts of the island. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring more remote areas. The Greek people are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards foreigners. However, they also appreciate it when expats respect their customs and traditions. When it comes to accommodation, it's possible to find both furnished and unfurnished options. Renting is a common choice for expats, and it's advisable to secure a rental agreement before moving. Finally, it's important to understand the legal requirements for moving to Greece. This includes obtaining the correct visa, registering with the local authorities, and understanding the tax implications. It's recommended to seek advice from a legal professional to ensure all requirements are met," remarked one expat who made the move to Rhodes.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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