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

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Are you thinking about moving to Crete? A 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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The Best Books About Moving to Crete

Best books about moving to Crete

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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 still haven’t made up your mind… Or it could be simply a dream that you don’t 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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These are some of my favorite ones…

A Small House in Crete

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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

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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

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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 one of my favorites!

The story takes place in the same place where I live which makes it closer to my experience… besides, 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 in Crete.

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Pomegranate Years

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Sara Kafatou

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

During the author’s long walks in the Cretan mountains, she discovers hidden aspects of the island and 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

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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

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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 unnerving omens, the book covers the positives and negatives of the move and new life and 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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About me:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the Crete. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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