May 26, 2017 by Lucy Culpepper
Old World Property Bargains And Easy European Residency
Its history dates back 4,000 years, its beaches are superb, the Mediterranean water is crystal clear, the healthy Mediterranean Diet originates here, and the sun shines for 300 days a year.
This is the island of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, a little bigger than the state of Delaware.
Crete is divided into four “regional units”: Chania (pronounced and sometimes written “Hania”), Rethymo, Heraklion (sometimes called Iraklio), and Lasithi.
Along with the sun, sea, history, and food, two other things make Crete particularly interesting: The low, low cost of living and the affordable European residency program.
Island life is slower and more relaxed than mainland living (hoorah for that!), but Crete also has all the usual trappings of Western society—things like good internet, excellent bus service, two international airports, a cruise port, and all kinds of shops. Do not, however, expect big freeways or mega, out-of-town malls; they do not exist.
Most importantly, though, for anyone interested in European residency, Greece, and therefore Crete, offers non-European citizens the chance to buy property and in return qualify for a permanent residency visa, granting visa-free access to the whole
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