Chora Sfakion, on the south coast
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Part of the appeal of the Greek islands is how slowly things happen. For the tourist and second-home owner, this means miles of coastline unsullied by high-density development — just authentic fishing villages with family-run tavernas little changed across the decades.
Its laid-back hospitality and superb beaches helped Greece towards a record year for tourism in 2018, moving it far beyond its economic woes of 2010, when it was bailed out by the International Monetary Fund. Now, 65% of property sales in Greece are made by foreign investors, according to Engel & Völkers estate agency.
At the World Travel Market industry event last year, talk was of turning Greece into a 365-day-a-year destination, something that should further boost its appeal to second-home buyers.