Unique Reads: Great Books about Moving to Crete to Get Inspired (And to Make Up Your Mind!)

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.

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Best books about moving to Crete

Essentials for your Adventures in Crete!

Getting to Crete: Nothing like sailing from one island to the other. Check Ferryhopper to book your ferry tickets in advance.

Where to stay on the island: It’s always wise to compare, check Booking.com for the best accommodation deals.

Top-rated tours in Crete: If you’re a fan of our beaches, then don’t miss this Cruise to Balos or a Day Trip to Elafonisi. If you came to the island seeking adventure, then hike the Samaria Gorge. Finally, for those interested in Crete’s past and history, don’t miss a visit to Knossos Palace.

Want to see Crete better? Explore it on wheels! Personally, use Discover Cars to go where my old jalopy won’t take me.

Show me the money! No, really, need cash? Wise is the best online money transfer service with a debit card accepted all over Greece.

Always have with you: A daypack for excursions, the Lonely Planet Guide, or my West Crete digital guide!

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Where to Stay in Crete

If you’re coming to Crete to enjoy your summer holidays, discover the beaches, the museums, and all the thrilling things to do on the island, the first thing to do is to start with accommodation. Head here to check all the places to stay in Crete. In this section, instead, I discuss home rentals.

Instead, if you don’t have time to read all the guides, and want to check my favorite places to stay, take a look at this quick selection. Small budget ranges between €20 for a bed in a shared room in a hostel to €45 for a small flat. Mid-range hotels go from €50 to €80 per night. Better places can be booked for more than €100 a night.

Small budget: You can spend the night in Crete without breaking the bank. When the budget is tight, I recommend either So Young Hostel (Heraklion), Cocoon City Hostel (Chania), Matthias Hotel Apartments (Rethymnon), and Villa Galini (Agios Nikolaos).

Mid-range accommodation: Spend a little more and enjoy a stay in Capsis Astoria Heraklion (Heraklion), Porto Antico (Chania), Archipelagos Hotel (Rethymnon), or Hotel Port 7 (Agios Nikolaos).

Boutique places: For a more luxurious stay, check Galaxy Iraklio Hotel (Heraklion), Hotel OFF (Chania), Avli Lounge (Rethymnon), or Minos Beach Art Hotel (Agios Nikolaos).

The Best Books About Moving to Crete

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.

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!

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Check these Great Books About Moving to Crete

These are some of my favorite ones…

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?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

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 Vacation!

I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I drive, I pack my Nikon D7200 and a good travel guide: Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.

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. 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!

Read more:

Over 35 fun facts about Crete
Great movies about Crete
Where to stay in Crete
Airbnbs in Agios Nikolaos
Unique things to do in Crete in Winter

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About the author of this blog:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and drunk more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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