Crete: the best places for expats to live on Greece’s biggest Island


Chora Sfakion, on the south coast
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Crete: the best places for expats to live on Greece’s biggest Island

Greece’s largest island is also its sunniest, with 340 blue-sky days a year, and new resorts upping its luxe offerings, says Liz Rowlinson…

Liz Rowlinson
The Sunday Times

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.

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