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        Hello everyone,

        I’m thinking of relocating to Crete at some point, although I’ve just read an article in the Sunday times about the hardships the island is suffering due to the pandemic

        A word about myself. I’m a young 69, British, born in London and educated at Winchester and Cambridge where I got a degree in English Literature. For some time now, I’ve lived in Hamburg where I run a language school. Thanks to Brexit I also have German passport so residence in Greece shouldn’t be a problem.

        A combination of factors has made me feel that I’d like to begin a new life elsewhere: the break-up of a 15 year relationship with a younger girlfriend, the effect the pandemic has had on my business here – as well as the fact that I was tired of doing it anyway!

        As regards resources, I have a small pension but nothing much else as Corona has eroded my savings so I would have to find some way of making a living as well as somewhere to live. I would prefer not to teach again (it’s something I did for 25 years) but would do so in the right circumstances. What I’d really like to do would be to get involved in some way with archaeology – but I could also imagine helping to run a small business, working in a bookshop – anything that’s interesting and fun. I also enjoy manual work and I love animals and nature.

        I’ve visited Crete at least 20 times and feel very much at home there. Lentas, Sougia, Kato Zakros, Falassarna, Rethymonon and Chania are all areas where I’ve spent some time.

        I’m particularly interested in the Minoan culture. At the moment I’m reading a book on the decipherment of the Linear B script. But, of course, everywhere you go on Crete there’s evidence of its rich history – Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish, too.

        I realise that living in a place is very different from spending one’s holidays there. Other than the normal pleasantries I speak very little Greek, but I do speak German, French and a bit of Spanish and Portuguese.

        I have just finished a novel and I would hope to have enough time to develop my writing

        I realise all this must sound a bit vague but I’m wring it on the off chance that someone reading this might have some ideas or need someone to help with some project or have contacts with people who might be able to help. It’s worth a try at least!

        If you have any ideas or would like to know more please contact me at my email address:

        Emails will reach me directly.


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            Potential Life in Crete These Days for an Anglo German Retiree

            Hello Muffin (Charles)

            Welcome to the forum.

            Not too much I can advise you except based on my experiences recently, with the Greek bureaucracy, I think you will need to lean on the German side in your Anglo German papers you may have, not just your Deutsche Passport. I mention this because the EU countries are applying seriously the way they handle Brits, post-Brexit. That is because UK is now outside ‘the club’ and is regarded as a ‘third country’. You may be asked to give German supporting documents rather than the British ones if you apply for a residence permit?

            Some random thoughts of Living in Crete today

            Yes, life is very tough on Crete, even before “το lockdown”, it was getting very difficult.

            Sorry to say, foreigners need to come to Greece with their practical hats on, and not their wishful thinking. For instance, retirees (over 65) cannot work.
            The government bureaucrats take this seriously. This is unsurprising with the huge unemployment rate.

            Reality now on Crete:

            • – rents are cheap and hugely negotiable. I know several older Germans who come to Crete each summer and  rent clean and basic hotel accommodation on the fringes of resort areas under E600 a month. Private home rentals between 200-400 euros per month.  Just remember if you come as a retiree to Greece and stay over 3 months you need to apply for a residence permit.
            • – You will find supermarket shopping to be continuing good value, if you stick to basics comparing to Hamburg.
            • – Your health cover (EHIC) needs to be up to date. Here is another thought: If on a German passport you may find you need to prove the German issued version of the EHIC, as a possible requirement.

            Anyway,  bottom line as always, check with your German friends and relatives who stay in Greece what are the requirements for getting residence permit these days. It just seems that the easy-going Greeks, are now tightening up on all regulations. Just my impression.

            Wish you well in seeking a happier life in Crete. You say you know the place well, then I think it would be a good idea to lean on your friends and contacts who are on the island to give their input and for you to be self sufficient when you do come.

            There are several german language forums for their community in Crete either on FB or elsewhere.

            Random thoughts and ideas for your potential retirement life in Crete these Days wearing your Anglo German hat.

            Hope that helps


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                Many thanks, Gerald. Sobering stuff! Will bear all that in mind.

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