What should you prepare for your viewing trip to Greece?
A viewing trip to Greece will be vital to the success of your move. Here we discuss all you need to know to help you plan accordingly. Firstly, answer the questions below – and make sure any property matches those answers. Then, read through the insider tips by downloading our free Viewing Trip Guide.
Define your criteria:
1. How important is access out of season?
In winter, ferry services to outlying islands offer a much reduced timetable. They are also sometimes subject to cancellation due to bad weather. Consequently, if you might need to get to the UK in a hurry, that can be an issue.
If your budget stretches to it though, daily flights to Athens are available from many islands. Additionally, Greece is in the process of upgrading many of its regional airports, having signed a deal with a German airline operator, Fraport. Rurally, the Peloponnese or the Argo-Saronic and Cyclades islands are the easiest to get to and from in winter.
If you’re looking for a permanent home – or somewhere to winter over in – this is a key consideration for your viewing trip to Greece.
2. What is the maximum time travelling time in summer and winter?
Even the closer islands such as the Ionians can be tricky to reach in winter. Greece has been gradually extending its tourist season earlier and later into the “shoulder months” of April and October, as tourists switch from North African countries hit by political unrest. Some, such as Santorini and Mykonos, are making a serious effort to open all year.
3. Are guaranteed warm winters a must?
On some islands you get frost and even the most southerly islands such as Crete can get a blanket of snow in winter in higher areas. As such, take a close look at the climate on your chosen island. Beware also the strong winds when choosing where on an island you wish to buy. You’ll often find one side of an island is much less windy than the other, since many are hilly or mountainous.
4. Is rental income essential?
Many buyers plan on financing their purchase via rentals or accommodation sharing websites such as Airbnb. It’s certainly an option, but beware tough tourism and tax laws in certain areas. The Greeks certainly take tourism seriously. Above all, they won’t let you get away with offering substandard accommodation on their best islands.
Rental income can also be invaluable in financing your purchase, but beware tough tourism and tax laws.
5. Will you live like an expat or as a local?
Many of us imagine that we want to embed ourselves completely in the local community. however, many then find that without a fellow Brit to compare notes with they soon feel lonely and isolated. That certainly won’t be the fault of the Greeks, who are an exceptionally kind, welcoming and sociable people. The language barrier is a problem in rural areas and Greek culture and customs can seem very unfamiliar. If you have any doubts, learn some Greek before you go.
The Viewing Trip Guide is designed above to support you through the process of a successful property viewing trip, with tips and information on the most important steps to take. The guide will help you to: