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One-year extension for the small-sized plots outside the city plans, to ensure the possibility of building.

Significant development has recently taken place in the matter of building off-plan plots with an area of less than 4,000 square meters.

The new legal framework for the plots outside the city plans impacts several plots' possibility to build; the properties of interest are those with surfaces: 750, 1,200, 2,000, and up to 4,000 sqm.

Specifically, according to a press release by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (click here to see it), a one-year extension is given to plots outside the city plans that their size and access are not in compliance with the standard requirements and for which a building permit will not have been issued until 9 Dec 22.

With the legislative regulation that will be issued in the next period, the said fields will have the possibility to be built only if, until 9 Dec 22, the interested owners choose to take one of the following actions:

  • Apply for the issuance of a pre-approval building permit. In this case, all supporting documents and studies defined by law must be submitted together with the application.
  • Apply for issuing a certificate of land zoning terms and conditions. For the application to be complete, the following supporting documents must be submitted by a competent engineer:
  1. topographical plan and
  2. recent certificate of ownership (contract, property registration certificate to the cadastral or the land registry office).

In this case, the use of the land zoning terms certificate will only be possible until September 30, 2023, and until then, either a request for a building permit or pre-approval must be submitted.

Suppose the submission of a pre-approval application is chosen; in that case, nobody, public service, or collective body approval is required due to the location of the project, its nature, its use, or any unique characteristics.

Likewise, it is not required to submit the approvals of agencies, services, or collective bodies to obtain the land zoning terms certificate.

The above procedures are simple, but they can be implemented by those owners who have done preparatory work with their property documentation, mainly as regards the topographical plan as per current specifications.

Those who decide to start the effort now will probably miss the irrevocable date of 9 Dec 22.

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Cultural events in Chania.

Chania is known not only as a popular tourist destination but also as a place of great cultural identity with a permanent presence in cultural events.

 The cultural identity of Chania is the soul of a living society that, through cultural events, keeps the memories of the past, celebrates the present, and envisions the future.

In Chania, there are many events for all ages organized by the Municipality of Chania, the regional municipal theater of Crete, and the AMKE "Cultural Society of Crete." Many private organizations also have a strong presence in the area, such as the artistic society YOUCA, the theater stage SkinoPlokoi, which organizes and hosts theatrical performances, music concerts, dance events, film screenings, painting and photography exhibitions, and many more artistic and cultural events. Several collectives based in Chania support the spread of culture with their actions. The above organizations enable artists from all over the world to exhibit their works, usually in one of the great spaces of the old town or the Venetian port or the castles and monuments of the wider area, marrying the culture of today with the historical heritage of the city.

Every year the artistic and cultural proposals increase in density and duration, confirming the significant participation and intense pulse of the world's enormous need for moments of collective joy and common euphoria.

Of course, it is worth mentioning the famous Cretan feasts organized in every prefecture corner; other times as an opportunity to celebrate seasonal products such as the 'Honey Festival' in Afrata, the 'Graviera Festival' in Anopoli, the 'Chestnut Festival' in Elos, the 'Sfakiani Pie Festival' in Chora Sfakion, and many more local product festivals, and sometimes as religious festivals on saints' holidays with morning service in the churches of the same name and big feasts in the evening with rich traditional dishes, songs, and dances.

In this way, the cultural clubs open the doors of the village and invite the whole world to visit them, to get to know the place and its people, taste all the products produced by the locals, dance, sing and become one with the Cretan's tradition and culture.

More information on the cultural events in Chania can be found on the website

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The challenge of building renovation.

Plenty of wonderful old houses and cottages, built in an excellent traditional architectural style, are scattered in the Cretan countryside and the urban environment.

So, the dilemma of "renovation vs. rebuilding" arises quite often.

Several owners and potential buyers are wondering whether to spruce up an existing stone house or tear it down and start over. It's a complicated task to weigh the financial and practical implications of renovating over rebuilding. The answer to this quandary is a big decision that requires careful consideration.

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Hike the magnificent trails in Chania.

Chania is a beautiful place! But you won't know the region well if you have not visited the impressive inland and the imposing high mountains. Ιf you have not hiked the natural scenic trails, revealing the incredible mountainous terrain and unique coastal landscape. Would you ever think that there are extensive and dense forests on this island, so south? The stunning beaches, with crystal clear waters, are only a part of the beautiful natural environment of this place.

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Real estate market price trends for 2021 in Chania and the outlook for the new year.

Real estate market price trends for 2021 in Chania and the outlook for the new year.

After two tough years since the outbreak of the pandemic, a period of uncertainty and instability for the real estate market, we are entering a new period with many signs of recovery and optimism.

Abstracting the information from Spitogatos real estate platform, we have worth noting data for the price trends in the market of Chania.

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Is tap water in Chania safe to drink?

Crete is a self-sufficient place in potable water. Freshwater is coming straight from the White Mountains and Psiloritis, two nature blessed mountain formations, assuring the water adequacy for the whole region.

The west part of the island is relatively wetter than the east side, and the mountains get more rainfalls over the year. The drinking water sources for the north side of Chania prefecture are groundwater, lakes, and natural springs at the foothills of the White Mountains. In the southern parts of Chania, drinking water originates from local groundwater wells.

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The traditional village of Aradena Sfakion

In the Cretan countryside, wandering away from the big urban centers of the island always reserves pleasant surprises and unique experiences.

On the southern slopes of the White Mountains, we discover one of the few remaining ruined settlements of Sfakia, the village of Aradena. A settlement with a long history, whose name is associated with the Cretan vendetta.

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The recent architectural heritage of Chania.

The beautiful and impressive buildings that one discovers wandering through the picturesque alleys of the old town and in the enchanting corners of the Venetian port of Chania were created during the long history of Chania starting from the Minoan era.

Constructions of similar interest and significant architectural value can be found outside the Venetian walls of the city, in areas that developed when the wind of freedom began to blow in Crete.

It is the period towards the end of the 19th century during which Crete, after long struggles and innumerable revolutions, acquires a semi-autonomous state within the Ottoman Empire. Thus, the "Cretan State" is created, which has its own parliament, flag, currency, and capital, the city of Chania.

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Is the Chania region in Crete a good place to retire to?

Is the Chania region in Crete a good place to retire to?

Chania, the last decades, is a place where many retirees choose to go and start a new life. Its natural beauties, including stunning sea and beaches, fascinating mountains, and exciting countryside nature, will charm even the most tired retiree.

Nowadays, Chania has transformed into a melting pot of various nationalities and ethnicities of people who have migrated to the Crete island seeking a permanent or semi-permanent place of residence.

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Pet owners and home rentals, the current situation in Greece

Pet owners and home rentals, the current situation in Greece

Over the last few years, it is hard to find a residence for a long-term rental. The sharp decrease in the construction pace during the recent economic crisis and the significant upsurge of the short-term rentals, especially in tourist areas and big urban centers, are some of the reasons for this unpleasant situation. An analysis of this development has already been interpreted in one of our articles.

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