Crete is considered a cultural crossroad with a rich history and numerous archeological treasures. The island has many admirers as it combines the breathtaking beauties of a Mediterranean island with the comforts of a modern place.
It is the largest island of Greece, counts a population of 624,000 residents and hosts more than a million international visitors every year. No wonder why it is difficult to find a young Cretan that does not speak English.
Although it is one of the "hottest" destinations in Greece, the cost of buying properties is relatively lower than other Mediterranean countries. Nonetheless, the cost of buying is not the only factor that determines where one should buy a property.
What a prospective byers should know is that:
- Crete is considered to be one of the safest places in Europe with official criminality rates dropping year after year.
- The structure of health care system in Crete is advanced and has two of the most advanced research hospitals in Greece. At the same time, you will find modern health services and hospitals to all 4 main cities and numerous private and public small clinics.
- The cost of life is lower than most of European countries while at the same time you have the chance to consume fresh organic products that are cultivated in the Cretan land.
- At the moment, there is an international school running in Heraklion City by the European Union, as well as a number of private and public schools for learning Greek.
- If you are a nature's lover you will enjoy the diversity of the scenery: mountainous landscapes, coasts with many beautiful beaches and rocky coves.
- Its climate is ideal for those who like sunny days with long, hot summers lasting around 6 months and short mild winters with an average of 325 days of sunshine each year.
- The island's infrastructure offers: three airports with daily international flights to all destinations, four harbors in Heraklion, Chania, Rethimnon, Agios Nikolaos to the rest of the country as well to several international destinations
- Newly built highways connect Crete's major towns and cities while a frequent and reliable public transport system gives access to even the most remote villages.
- Last but not least, you will enjoy the world renowned Cretan Cuisine and have the chance to choose from a variety of clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and bars, depending on your mood.