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

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What do I need to know before moving to Igoumenitsa?

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

"Igoumenitsa is a beautiful coastal city known for its stunning beaches and vibrant culture. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several things. Firstly, the official language is Greek, and while English is spoken in many places, it would be beneficial to learn some basic Greek phrases. This will not only help in daily life but also in integrating into the local community. The cost of living in Igoumenitsa is generally lower than in many other European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully. Housing, groceries, and utilities are relatively affordable, but imported goods can be expensive. The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to prepare for this, especially if you're coming from a cooler climate. Public transportation in Igoumenitsa is reliable, but many locals prefer to use cars or motorcycles. If you plan to drive, you should familiarize yourself with the local traffic laws. Greek cuisine is a highlight of living in Igoumenitsa. The city is known for its fresh seafood, locally grown olives, and delicious pastries. However, if you have specific dietary requirements, it may be harder to find suitable options. Healthcare in Greece is generally of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. It's also worth noting that many doctors and medical staff speak English. The pace of life in Igoumenitsa is slower than in many other cities. This laid-back lifestyle can be a big adjustment for some expats, but it's also one of the things that many people love about living in Greece. Finally, Greeks are known for their hospitality and friendliness. Making an effort to get to know your neighbors and participate in local events can greatly enhance your experience of living in Igoumenitsa," said one expat who made the move to Igoumenitsa.

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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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