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

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What do I need to know before moving to Rethymno?

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

"Rethymno is a city on the island of Crete, known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, and vibrant nightlife. Before moving to Rethymno, expats should be aware that the official language is Greek, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas. It's beneficial to learn some basic Greek phrases to help with day-to-day interactions. The cost of living in Rethymno is generally lower than in many European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully, especially if you plan to eat out often or participate in many tourist activities. The local cuisine is Mediterranean, with a focus on fresh, local ingredients like seafood, olive oil, and vegetables. The climate in Rethymno is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to prepare for the heat in the summer, as temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. The healthcare system in Greece is a mix of public and private providers. While public healthcare is available to all residents, many expats choose to use private healthcare for more specialized treatment. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any medical costs. Public transportation in Rethymno is reliable and affordable, with regular bus services running throughout the city and to other parts of Crete. However, many residents choose to rent or buy a car for more flexibility. Rethymno is generally a safe city, but like any tourist destination, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty crime. The city is rich in history and culture, with many museums, historical sites, and festivals throughout the year. Expats should take the time to explore and immerse themselves in the local culture. Finally, it's important to note that Greece has a slower pace of life compared to many Western countries. This can be a big adjustment for some expats, but many find it to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of living in Rethymno," wrote a member in Rethymno.

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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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