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

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What do I need to know before moving to Crete?

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

"Before moving to Crete, Greece, expats should know that the official language is Greek, and while English is widely spoken, learning some basic Greek phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living is generally lower than in many European countries, but it can vary depending on the area. The healthcare system in Greece is good, with a mix of public and private healthcare services available, but it's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance. Expats should be aware that the pace of life in Crete is slower than in many other places, and this can extend to administrative processes, which can be time-consuming. The island has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. It's important to note that Crete is prone to earthquakes, although most are minor and cause little damage. The cuisine in Crete is based on the Mediterranean diet, which is considered one of the healthiest in the world. The island is also known for its wine and olive oil production. Expats should be aware that Greek culture places a strong emphasis on family and socializing, and it's common for meals and gatherings to extend late into the night. Driving in Crete can be challenging due to the mountainous terrain and the driving habits of the locals, so it's advisable to familiarize yourself with the local driving laws and conditions. Public transportation is available but can be unreliable, especially in more remote areas. Finally, expats should know that Greece has a high rate of smoking, and smoking is still allowed in many public places. It's also worth noting that while Greece is part of the EU, it has retained its own currency, the Euro, and credit cards are widely accepted, but cash is still used for many transactions, especially in smaller establishments," commented one expat who made the move to crete.

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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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