Its history dates back 4,000 years… its beaches are superb… the Mediterranean water is crystal clear, and the sun shines for 300 days a year…
This is the island of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, where the Minoans ruled eons ago and every invading and ruling culture has left its mark since.
Crete has miles of beautiful beaches and sunny skies, but it’s also got mountains, record-breaking gorges, timeless villages, and delicious Mediterranean food and wine. Its main cities offer all the usual modern conveniences of a Western society, with good internet, an excellent bus service, two international airports, a cruise ship port, and all kinds of shops to choose from.
Plus, it offers non-European citizens the chance to buy property—for a minimum of 250,000 euros—and in return qualify for a residency visa. And there’s plenty of property to choose from, from dilapidated or reformed old-town villas to shepherd huts in the hills.
Report author Lucy Culpepper adds, “I think just about anyone who visits Crete, and specifically Chania, would be delighted with the island life here, especially if you love being outdoors, enjoy learning about ancient history, and like a laid-back style of European living.”