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Buying a house in Greece

Compared to other Southern European countries, Greece offers by far the best value for money. The location and size of the property are often much more favorable, and even mass construction is not allowed in Greece, so both the landscape and the atmosphere have never lost their authenticity.

The regulations have also been reinforced in Greece; as of 2011, every property sold must be ‘legalized’, so nothing illegal can be (re)built. This way you can be sure that there will be no defects in your home. Finally, as part of our services, Elxis will also perform a full check on this.

The different regions in Greece to buy a house:

Buying a house in the Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is one of the most popular regions for tourism on the mainland of Greece. It is close to Athens, which in itself offers a wide range of attractions, but also good accessibility. Furthermore, the Peloponnese has been the center of action and events since ancient times, so it possesses many important archaeological sites, such as Olympia, Epidaurus, and Mycenae. As it is surrounded by coastline, it consequently also has the most beautiful beaches and waters. Some of the most famous places in the Peloponnese are Nafplion, Gythio, Monemvasia, and Pylos.

Buying a house on the Aegean Islands

When we talk about the Aegean islands we are talking about a huge number of islands that span from the coast with Turkey to far south across the Mediterranean Sea. The most famous islands are the Sporades archipelago (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros), the Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos and Paros), the Dodecanese (a.o. Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos, Kalymnos, Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Telendos, Nisyros, Symi, Halki(Chalki), and Kastelorizo), and the Saronic Islands (Poros, Salamis, Aegina and Agkistri, as well as Hydra and Spetses). Also Thassos, Samothraki, Limnos, Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria and Evia are Aegean islands. In the south of the Aegean Sea you will also find the largest island of Greece, Crete. Below we highlight a few of the above mentioned islands.

Buying a house on Rhodes

Rhodes’ rich past has earned it the nickname “Knight’s Island”. Everywhere you see proof of this in the form of historical buildings and monuments. Especially the old Rhodes town will make you feel as though you have travelled back in time.  The atmosphere there is truly unique, almost a medieval fairy tale. The landscape of Rhodes is also breathtaking, think of the green butterfly valley, and even the shopping, going out and dining in Rhodes is of a different level.

Buying a house on Samos

This island is the birthplace of Hera, the wife of Zeus, and her temple is one of the archaeological treasures of the island. The world famous mathematician Pythagoras was also born on the island; the cave where he stayed is accessible and has, at 320 steps high, a spectacular view. Samos is also known for its wine reputation; the sweet wine from the Muscat Blanc a Petit Grain grape is exceptional. Samos city (also called Vathy) has beautiful old houses, and the island has a wide range of different beaches. The island also has a lush green environment that is perfect for adventurers. Finally, the location of Samos is ideal for island hopping.

Buying a house on Chios

There are two things Chios is known for, although that is not the only thing the island has to offer. The first riches of the island are the mastic trees; the resin they produce (called ‘tears of the gods’) has a healing effect and is also delicious to eat and drink. In addition, the 20 medieval mastic villages are incredible works of art which are not to be missed. With their black and white geometric designs, and surrounded by labyrinthine narrow alleys, they radiate a mysterious feeling. Furthermore, the island has beautiful public, but also great more hidden beaches to discover. Finally, the local cuisine has delicious natural and authentic flavours, beautiful cheeses, fruits, liqueurs and wine. The island will continue to amaze you.

Buying a house on Crete

Crete is an island of infinite mystery and a feast for all the senses. The largest island of Greece has a rich history of resistance and victory, various cultural influences, world famous cuisine, unforgettable hospitality and a wealth of music and tradition. The enormous coastline offers magnificent beaches and for the adventurers, this island is a real treasure. The island is easy to reach by boat and plane, and it is always a few degrees warmer than the rest of the country due to its southern location.

Buying a house in Athens

The birthplace of democracy, science and art, as well as the Greek capital and economic center of the country. It is a city of so much historical value and cultural grandeur, yet at the same time so lively, modern and charming. This charismatic city, located on the peninsula of Attica, is a tempting place for both Greeks and tourists. It offers a wide range of archaeological gems, beautiful beaches, hip neighbourhoods with cozy cafes, and is a great starting point for exploring the region. It is also extremely easy to reach by plane and boat.

Buying a house in Central Greece

This region has beautiful valleys for fresh summer walks and ski slopes. There are also beautiful cities, charming villages, delicious cuisine and of course the authentic Greek hospitality. Yet there are three truly indispensable destinations in this region. The first is the archaeological site of Delphi, which has been an important and magical place with beautiful scenery since ancient times. Equally breathtaking is Meteora; an impressive area of large mountain peaks with on top a series of monasteries, some of which are open to the public and the view will always stay with you! Finally, the beautiful Pelion peninsula is a must-see with its delightful mountain villages connected to the beaches by enchanting cobbled paths. The mainland of Greece is certainly not inferior to its beautiful islands!

Buying a house in Paleros or Pogonia

Also on the Ionian coast, you can acquire a beautiful villa in both Pogonia and Paleros. Pogonia is a small traditional village, situated on a beautiful bay from where you will reach several tavernas and cafes, a small supermarket and a bakery. On the beach you can find water sports facilities and across the bay you will reach Paleros, the largest seaside resort in the region. Here you will find two marinas as well as the trendy beach bar / restaurant Paleros Yacht Club, medical facilities, ATMs, large supermarkets and many tavernas, bars and cafes. Also for car, bike and boat rentals you can go here, and there is a diving school and a campground. The cities of Preveza and Lefkas city are less than 30 minutes drive from these locations. The international airport of Aktio – Preveza (6 flights a week from Amsterdam e.g.) is also less than half an hour’s drive away, while the ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa, where all ferries arrive from Italy, are 1.5 hours away.

Buying a house in Northern Greece

This region is the most diverse in terms of cultural diversity and landscape. Mighty civilizations have left their traces here, think of the Macedonians of Alexander the Great, the Romans, and Byzantines. This area is also home to the country’s second largest city of Greece, Thessaloniki, where this mixture is beautifully displayed. It is a magical place that exudes history and character, with beautiful views and Unesco heritage, but also offers the cosiest cafes and restaurants. One of the most famous beach areas is Chalkidiki, which remains very popular especially during the summer. Vergina is also very worthwhile, among other things because of the presence of the tomb of King Philip the Second, the father of Alexander the Great. In addition, Kavala is a characteristic coastal town, 1.5 hours drive from Thessaloniki, from where you can also take a boat to the island of Thassos.

Buying a house on the Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands are located in the Ionian Sea, west of the Greek mainland and for a small part off the Albanian coast. They were also called ‘Heptanisa’, which in Greek means ‘seven islands’. This was derived from the seven main islands of the archipelago, namely Corfu, Lefkas, Ithaka (also called Ithaki), Kefalonia, Paxi (also called Paxos), Zakynthos and Kythira. Below we’ll highlight a few more.

Buying a house on Lefkas

Lefkas has so much to offer, it is literally a pearl in the Ionian Sea. The sparkling beaches, which are in the top 10 in the world, are hardly done justice on a photograph. Furthermore, driving across the island, through the most beautiful authentic villages, past delicious taverns and great vantage points, is a real pleasure. Lefkas is a sailing paradise, the proof of which lies in the harbour of Nydri. From there you can also easily make the crossing to Skorpios, the island of Aristotle Onassis. Other wind and water sports are also very popular or the island. Furthermore, it is a great base for exploring the Greek mainland, as the two are connected by a bridge. Waterfalls, olive groves, and delicious food; Lefkas is truly one-of-a-kind!

Buying a house on Corfu

Corfu, also called Kerkyra, Corfu or ‘grande dame’ of the Ionian Sea, is a large island located on the west coast of Greece, about 100 km from Italy. Although the island is densely populated, it is still beautifully green with impressive wooded mountains. Furthermore, it has picturesque villages and beautiful beaches, but one of the absolute highlights is Corfu-town. This piece of Unesco world heritage enchants with its beautiful neoclassical influences. Palaces, forts, cathedrals and mansions of the Venetians, English, Russians and Greeks make it an open-air museum, where you can enjoy a journey through time. Moreover, there is something else Corfu is known for; the local cuisine! The Ionian flavors come together in the local specialties pastitsada, sofrito and bourdeto, and you can also enjoy a delicious glass of kumquat liqueur.

Buying a house on Zakynthos

This southernmost Ionian island was also called ‘the flower of the east’ or ‘Zante’ by the Venetians. For an unforgettable experience, Zakynthos is definitely the right place, as it is one of the most exotic islands in Greece! Visit its spectacular beaches, where the protected Caretta Caretta turtles lay their eggs. Especially the white sand of Sekania is very popular for this. Furthermore, you can visit the world famous ‘shipwrecked beach’ (Navagio Beach) with its huge white rocks and clear blue water. Also some vineyards are centuries old and produce up to 60 different types of grapes. If you’re curious about the most beautiful part of the city, go to Bokhali, which offers a beautiful view over the harbor, full of photogenic alleys with old houses and traditional cafes, crowned with a Venetian castle; you shouldn’t miss it. Zakynthos also has a great nightlife and you can scuba dive. In other words: Zakynthos will continue to surprise you!

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