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Mykonos, 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 Mykonos, Greece: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Mykonos?

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

"Mykonos is a popular destination for expats due to its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich history. Before moving to Mykonos, it's important to understand the cost of living, which can be quite high, especially during the peak tourist season. The official language is Greek, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. However, learning some basic Greek phrases can be beneficial and appreciated by locals. The island has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's also known for its strong winds, especially in the summer. The healthcare system in Greece is generally good, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. There are several pharmacies on the island, but for serious medical issues, you may need to travel to a larger city. Public transportation is limited to a bus system, and taxis can be scarce and expensive. Many residents choose to rent or buy a scooter or car for getting around the island. The cuisine in Mykonos is typically Mediterranean, with a focus on fresh seafood, vegetables, and olive oil. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes, but eating out can be expensive. The island is generally safe, but like any tourist destination, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against pickpocketing and other petty crimes. The Greek culture is very social and family-oriented, and locals are known for their hospitality. However, they also appreciate respect for their customs and traditions. The process of renting or buying property can be complex, so it's recommended to hire a local real estate agent. Finally, it's important to understand the Greek tax system, as Greece has a worldwide taxation policy, which means that tax residents are obliged to pay tax on their global income," wrote one member in Mykonos.

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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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