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

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What do I need to know before moving to Heraklion?

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

"Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is a vibrant city with a rich history and a modern lifestyle. Before moving to Heraklion, 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 cities, but it's still advisable to have a stable income or savings. The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. It's important to note that many buildings in Heraklion don't have central heating, so winters can feel colder indoors. The healthcare system in Greece is of a good standard, but expats are advised to have comprehensive health insurance. Heraklion is a safe city, but like any other place, it's advisable to take standard precautions, especially in crowded tourist areas. The city is well-connected by public transport, but owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the island. Greek cuisine is a highlight of living in Heraklion, with plenty of fresh seafood, olive oil, and locally produced wines. The city is rich in culture and history, with numerous museums, historical sites, and festivals throughout the year. However, it's worth noting that Greeks have a relaxed approach to time, often referred to as 'Greek time', which can take some getting used to. Finally, Greeks are known for their hospitality, so expats can expect a warm welcome in Heraklion," explained one expat living in Heraklion, Greece.

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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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