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Why we recommend Crete

The romantic Venetian town of Chania and the magical island of Crete – perfect destination for holidays, fun and relaxation, but also a great place for permanent residency and commercial investments!

It is an established fact that over the last years amount of tourists visiting region of Chania, Crete has increased greatly, making this wonderful Venetian town and its surroundings one of the top destinations in Greece amongst such popular places as Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. People are coming here to spend great time and to visit spectacular sights like bay of Balos, pink-sand beaches of Elafonissi or trek down the Samaria gorge, the biggest in Europe. They love to explore the old town of Chania with its lovely Venetian architecture. They pamper themselves with great Mediterranean and Cretan cuisine. There are so many things to do here!Naturally, the demand for all types of touristic accommodation has increased greatly. Big or small, apartments or hotels, luxury resorts or villas – they all get their share of customers.
This, of course, creates new opportunities for investments of various kinds.Hellenic Homes offers to their potential buyers and investors full scale of services, starting from business plan studies and all kinds of analysis before actually constructing something, up to full building process itself and, even more important, maintenance and operation of the new facility afterwards.

Another very important possibility is receiving permanent Greek residency permission as soon as a real estate property of minimum value of 250.000 EUR has been purchased. It opens doors for free travelling around almost every country in Europe and this refers not only to the new owner, but also his or her spouse, parents, children.

Hellenic Homes has ready offers for this procedure and our team of lawyers will accomplish the procedure of obtaining residency permission on behalf of the client. Besides, this can be also considered as investment! Start earning money from touristic operations, actually performed by our management company. New property owners from as far as China are investing their money into a house or villa and safely return home, knowing that their new asset is running smoothly and generating profit for them, simultaneously enjoying privilege of easy travelling around Europe with the help of their residency permission.

Sky is the limit and opportunities are almost endless. Hellenic Homes is here to help you!

Why we recommend Crete

It is an established fact that over the last years amount of tourists visiting region of Chania, Crete has increased greatly, making this wonderful Venetian town and its surroundings one of the top destinations in Greece amongst such popular places as Athens, Santorini and Mykonos.

People are coming here to spend great time and to visit spectacular sights like bay of Balos, pink-sand beaches of Elafonissi or trek down the Samaria gorge, the biggest in Europe

Strong local culture

Crete’s strong local culture is instrumental in the daily lives of the people of Crete. Cretan music, traditional dances, Cretan food, Christenings, weddings, festivals, religious celebrations and holidays are just a part of this integral and deeply intimate cultural heritage.
Famous Cretan hospitality is very much still alive; locals are friendly and offer directions and tips freely, neighbors frequently bring over fresh eggs, vegetables and fruits from their plots or even a meal or dessert they have prepared.

Breathtaking landscape

Being the largest island of Greece at 8261 square kilometers Crete is often referred to as ‘Megalonisos’ (big island). It is in fact the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.
Crete, which lies south of the Aegean Sea, in the center of the East Mediterranean basin (where Europe, Asia and Africa meet), is a long and narrow island with east-west orientation (260 km long and widest part at 60 km).
This island has been blessed with an extraordinary fusion of landscapes some of which include snow-capped mountains, gorges, ….

Hospitality

Zeus, the ruler of all Gods, born in the Diktaean cave and raised up in Idi Mountain on Crete, was also buried in his birthplace. Being born, raised and buried on Crete, Zeus is said to be resurrected each, live on and reign. He is a God who dies each year and is reborn even stronger, much in the same way that nature brings everything back to life in spring.

In Ancient Greece, hospitality was a virtue where care for ‘xenoi’ (strangers such as messengers from a distant land) was a divine requirement.

Mild Winters

Crete enjoys a Mediterranean climate, where weather can be characterized by mild winters and hot, dry summers. Warm weather is enjoyed for nine months of the year from April to November and winter months are just December to March.

The coastal areas have a dry summer and mild winter. Good weather prevails throughout the season while it can rain sporadically from December through to March. Snowfall along the coast is a rarity.

Healthy diet

In search of the ideal diet which would improve one’s health, ward off illness and optimize our functioning, the Cretan diet has been pin pointed as being just the right one to follow. The term ‘diet’ of course is used not as a diet to follow in order to lose or gain weight but rather a lifestyle which encapsulates the way in which we achieve well-being. This lifestyle, a deeply cultural act, includes foods, drinks and activities.

Several studies on the traditional Cretan diet have shown that the population of Crete enjoys the longest life span and have the lowest percentage of death caused by heart attacks and of various kinds of cancer.

Must - see places

1. Elafonisi beach
Located close to the southwest corner of Crete, Elafonisi is in fact an island taking its name from the Greek words ‘elafi’ and ‘nisi’ meaning ‘deer island’.

The beach and island are quite tropical in style with fine white sand and clear turquoise waters. In fine weather you can in fact walk to the island through the shallow water. This beach is a destination in itself for travellers and locals alike.

Useful info

Airports: Crete is serviced by two International airports (Chania and Heraklion).

Chania International Airport (CHQ) is 14km east of Chania.
Busses depart regularly from Chania airport to Chania center (journey time approximately 30 minutes). Taxis are readily available.
Both short term and long term parking is available.
Tel: +30 28210 83800
Website: http://www.chania-airport.com
Heraklion International Airport (HER) is 5km east of Heraklion.

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