5 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To Greece

Greece is one of those locations that most people would readily move to. The archaeological wonders, culture and abundant natural beauty are just some of the attractions of the country that proudly bears the weighty title of the ‘cradle of western civilization’. Greece or the Hellenic Republic, as it is officially known, offers residents a peaceful lifestyle, excellent weather and interesting job opportunities. All those moving here must browse through the following useful web resources.

Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/
The official website of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a section on visas that will be helpful for expats. Apart from providing detailed information about visas that Greeks travelling overseas would require, it also features information on the visa requirements for foreigners who wish to visit Greece.Since Greece is part of the Schengen region, there is a differentiation of the types of Schengen visas issued, the Schengen institutional framework and also procedural issues involved in issuance of Schengen visas.

Skywalker
http://skywalkers.gr
Skywalker is the first job site that was launched in the country and therefore is the website that ushered the Greek employment market into the website era. It is a popular site attracting thousands of visitors every day, from different parts of Greece. It is also widely used by students and Greeks residing overseas. Skywalker is a member of The Network, the largest e-recruiting net globally and therefore also helps visitors to secure job opportunities and placements outside of the country. The job ads are featured on the website for four consecutive weeks, which makes it convenient for visitors. The site also makes use of social media in order to reach out to people and the biggest advantage is that access to the website for job seekers is free of charge.

My Greek Property
http://www.tospitimou.gr
Powered by the Greek-based Internet service tospitimou.gr, My Greek Property is helpful for those seeking accommodation as well as those interesting in selling. To realtors, there is the opportunity of promoting their properties to potential buyers using various types of account management tools. Expats looking to rent or buy homes will be able to enter their requirements and find properties that meet them. If you are unable to find the property that exactly meets your needs, you can also post a Property Request and realtors can get in touch with you. Since there is no charge, user can access all the content on the site and use the services without even having to go through a registration process.

Big fat Greek blog
http://bigfatgreekodyssey.com
This one is a blog started by Marjory McGinn and Jim Bruce, a couple of British journalists who decided to embark on an interesting adventure after years of working at newspaper offices. They relocated to a village in the Mani region in the southern Peloponnese and started a blog with the aim of providing an honest look into the ups and downs of life in rural Greece. Together with their dog, they coast the waves of everyday life, whether it is bearing the brunt of the heat waves, encountering scorpions and other interesting creatures as well as attempting to become familiar with the expat community in the area, while understanding traditional Greek life.

Comments and feedback from readers are always welcome on this blog and this serves to enrich the store of insights and information available to readers.

Living in Greece
http://livingingreece.gr
Living in Greece was started as a way to present both practical information and direct experiences from people’s own lives to the community of different nationalities living in Greece. It also has its target readership Greeks living abroad, Philhellenes or those who admire anything Greek and anyone who dreams of travelling or living in Greece someday. This site manages to inform and entertain readers without subjecting them to the influence of advertising and sponsorship, something that definitely helps the browsing experience.

Living in Greece was created to compel the government, European Union and consular websites to start presenting information that is more accurate and transparent to the public, since many of those that were present online were either only in Greek or carried outdated information. Some of the valuable resources on the site include a city map for locating metro stations.