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Brits in Crete :: A Guide to Living in Crete, Greece for British and Irish Ex-pats. Exploring the reality of Life on Crete, from finding a job, purchase a home, retire, how to handle the Greek bureaucracy plus day-to-dy information. The

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Come on Over!

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 06:57:31 +0000


Aha Greece! So you dreaming of living in Crete and become a Brit in
Let me say here and now, we live in the European Union. That means something in Greece. Come on over...
If you are a UK or Irish national, or from any of the other 25 EU states, you have the right to be living in Crete or living anywhere in Greece for that matter that is not off limits - such as a military zone or restricted area. Despite the economic downturn, Crete is still an attractive hotspot for Brit Ex-Pats! For anyone wishing to be buying a property in Crete, there is no better time than now with endless choice. For new property developments, "A Place in the Sun Live" Overseas Property Exhibition in March in ExCel London or in September in Birmingham are great places to start your homework. But hey, if you are not thinking on purchasing a property overseas, still keep reading and plan for visiting Crete with view to the home rental market.


Expat Kids Schooling

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Living as a Brit or Irish Ex-pat in Crete - Greece

Experiences of Schooling in Crete

Let us start with a British Dad's experiences of his kid's schooling:

"Firstly let me make it clear, and this is not just my opinion, if you plan on moving to Crete with children older than six and younger than eighteen (or school leaving age) be prepared to have problems with them adjusting to the first language of teaching which is, understandably, Greek. The locals will say it's okay, throw kids in at the deep end. They will learn. In my experience however, they will "drown" under the language pressure. Greek to most is not an easy language to learn and even with private greek lessons, British or Irish kids whose first language is English are likely to struggle to learn in a Greek school. If you really want to come to Crete with children of school age another alternative is to opt for Online learning or Home Education. Also you need to take into account are the cultural differences. Greek children are polite and well mannered in the main, however your child may well find it difficult to make friends as the Greek Culture is very family orientated and friends are normally considered to be people you meet outside of the home. Think of your child. Being alone in a school where the language is not understood and friends are few and far between. It could be a possible recipe for disaster."



Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Day-to-Day Life

And Shopping in Greece

For Brit and Irish Ex-pats 


1. Revised Greece Residency Rules 
- Experiences of Brits and Irish Ex-pats in Greece. 

2. Latest News on Cost of Living - Contributions from Members in the Brits in Crete Forum. - Living Costs Study, Latest (updated regularly).


What is the Cost of Living on Crete like?

First and foremost, the cost of day-to-day living in Crete for ex-pats is 'cheaper', not 'cheap' compared to almost anywhere else in Western Europe. Secondly, the daily lifestyle can be quite different to the way of life in the UK and Eire caused by the basic cultural difference: the Cretan concept and use of "time". Along with the rest of Greece outside of Athens, today means "maybe tomorrow"; tomorrow can be "a week to 10 days", and ten days is often a polite way of saying "never". Yet when a Greek wants something it can be very fast indeed.


Non UK Sky TV

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Alternative to SKY Satellite TV

"Non-UK" (Across Europe + Greece + Crete)



Brits in Crete (BIC) web portal no longer can offer a Sky TV subscription for programming in Crete. The original offer included the other Greek Islands and Continental Europe using the non-UK version of a ‘Viewing Card’ with the option to purchase Sky standard, Sky+ and Sky HD ‘box & viewing card’ deals for those who are starting out from scratch. The informal advice we offer here is to use a UK address, then apply for the Sky TV service you want with a viewing card and a SKY HD Box and take the kit with you when you are go to Crete. Use the BritsinCrete Forum to ask questions and do a search in the forum to find out how you can get help from other Brits already outside UK and what others are saying about Sky TV in Greece! Note: From November 2011, many British TV channels have been moved to the new Astra 1N satellite. This makes reception of many of the Sky TV and Freeview channels more difficult in Greece and Cyprus due to a smaller coverage area in the Astra 1N satellite's footprint.

The Next Best Thing is to Get UK Channels on Your own Device in Greece and Elsewhere

What we suggest now is that you sign up to one of the great value packages at and you can be watching live UK TV within minutes on your PC, Mac or flat screen TV, and your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Windows phone, Android or Symbian device, Palm OS, Blackberry or laptop. You can even watch the British TV service of UKTVC2C by using a set-top box straight into your television, no matter where you are located.

All you need is a broadband connection and you'll be watching your favourite UK TV shows such as Coronation Street, Dr Who, Eastenders or Top Gear from the comfort of your living room. Sports enthusiasts can finally get to see their favourite teams in action via great value satellite packages from UKTVC2C. Live Premier League Football, Rugby and Formula 1 car racing is available, plus all major UK free to air and satellite TV stations.

You can find alternatives, of firms offering satellite or PC viewing of UK TV channels wherever you are. We have joined up with uktv2c.

How to Order uktv2c Packages

You’ll find prices and ‘how to order’ via a dedicated uktv2c page and payment is a simple click away via a secure payment page once you have chosen your package.

Happy viewing!


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Winter Living in Crete

Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Living as an Ex-pat in Crete - Greece 

Wintertime Weather and Household Living Costs



Crete's weather - It's Great! You already know that, otherwise you wouldn't be considering to relocate to Crete in the first place but be prepared for log fires and or central heating in winter.



Sat, 27 Aug 2011 23:00:00 +0000

Crete Resume or CV:

Getting the Best Job of Work in Greece


Finding Work With or without a resume or CV, finding employment vacancies and securing a job in Crete or other parts of Greece is not too difficult.

This page assumes that you are a British or Irish Ex-pat or another EU national with the right to work in Greece under Article 12 of the E.U. Constitution. You need to complete certain formalities set by the local bureaucrats. Below we list important short cuts to knowing what is required to satisfy government officials in Greece with your CV and bone fide qualifications even for summer jobs: