Unique Reads: Great Books about Moving to Crete

Are you thinking about moving to Crete? Lot has been written about moving to the island! Books by people who have left everything behind to start a new, and often adventurous, life on Crete. These are some of my favorite books about moving to Crete. They’re stories full of expectations, funny moments, hilarious misunderstandings, musings, and deep introspection that you shouldn’t miss reading if moving to Crete is a solid project, a bashful idea, or a lifelong dream.

The best books about moving to Crete


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    Reading about moving and living in Crete, Greece

    Chania in winter.

    Have you ever been on holiday in Crete? If you’ve never been to the island and you‘re planning to visit soon, then you’ll find tons of useful information on this blog. From things to do in Chania, to where to sleep in Agios Nikolaos… To which Airbnb is better located in the Rethymnon area.

    You’ll also find guides to the beaches, the archaeological sites, the monasteries, and the prettiest villages on the island. Instead. if you’ve been to Crete already, and especially, if you’ve visited more than once, don’t tell me you’ve never thought about moving to Crete. I won’t believe you!

    Many of those who visit the island over and over dream about retiring on Crete. They love to imagine how it would be to spend their lives in this Mediterranean paradise. How they would enjoy the great weather (even in winter!), the fantastic food, and the friendly character of the locals.

    It might not be the right time to move to Crete for you yet. Or maybe you’ve still haven’t made up your mind… Or it could be simply a dream that you don’t really consider seriously.

    It doesn’t matter where you’re standing, I’m certain that some of these books will offer a different insight about moving to Crete. They will entertain you, puzzle you, and even open a whole new world that, so far, you’ve only imagined. Here are some of the best books about moving to Crete, take a look!

    Are you a step ahead and planning to move now to Crete?
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    A Small House in Crete

    Geoff Dendle

    A brave story about buying a small holiday home in a Cretan village and taking on a project of renovating a place lacking water supply, drains, and even electricity. The book paints a colorful portrait of a transition from regular holidaymakers to homeowners, including a gradual and extra amusing immersion in Greek everyday life.

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    Still Life in Crete

    Anthony Cox

    Although it does not technically deal with the logistics of moving to Crete, the book is a vivid portrait of local life and habits. It’s a perfect gift for those dreaming about retiring to Crete and it’s great for those who want to see the island in deep

    Face up the challenge of the author’s unduly early retirement on Crete where he discovers an unspoiled corner he manages to make his own.

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    Uniquely Crete: Life Redefined on a Greek Island

    Melanie A. Crane

    Life Redefined on a Greek Island is probably one of the funniest and most enchanting books about moving to Crete I’ve ever read. And it’s definitely one of my favorites!

    The story takes place in the same place where I live which makes it closer to my experience… besides, that the author depicts the oddities and perks of her adventure with extreme wit and a special eye to observe and take in how life really goes about on the island.

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    Pomegranate Years

    Sara Kafatou

    Defined as “A Journal of Aging, Art, Love, and Loss on a Greek Island”, Pomegranate Years, an intimate account of three years lived on the island of Crete. The book documents a turbulent, stressful time of economic and political crisis in Greece. 

    During the author’s long walks in the Cretan mountains, she not only discovers hidden aspects of the island but develops a rich sense of belonging. The book is about how to live well at any age, but especially as one grows older and a beloved life draws almost imperceptibly nearer to its end.

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    For Now, This is Forever: Crete

    Elena Baum

    Written by the German author, Elena Baum, For now, this is forever is a complex book about moving to Crete, it’s beautifully written and it makes you think about your own life journey. 

    In this book, the author discusses her own time spent on the beautiful island and also tells us what a new love can be all about.

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    Second Wind: Journey to a New Life in Crete

    Philip Mann

    Discover the life and the adventures of two English townies slowly finding themselves wooed by more and more remote Greece. Exploring coincidences and sometimes unnerving omens, the book covers the positives and negatives of both the move and new life and hopefully explains some of the subtle seductions of the islands, especially Crete.

    Super inspiring reading for anyone thinking of starting a life abroad, this is an entertaining book about moving to the island of Crete and facing all odds. 

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    Do you want to explore the island before making your big move?
    >>Check this article about driving in Crete<<

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    Travel plans for Crete?
    These resources will help you organize the trip!

    Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete or check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids. To visit Crete’s heavenly beaches, check my guide to the best beaches. Discover what region is best to stay in or check what to do in Crete.

    Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

    Make sure you’ve got everything for a hassle-free trip!

    I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I’m driving around, I pack my Michelin map and my Nikon.

    When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

    For accommodation, I personally use Booking.com and Airbnb.
    Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

    Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

    Get in touch and let me know!

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    Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!

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