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Fire prevention measures to keep your home safe.

As climate change continues and communities grow outside of cities, wildfires become a nightmare for everyone every summer.

Many green spaces in Greece are particularly prone to the threat of wildfires. Dry conditions, extremely high temperatures, and strong winds are the perfect recipe for the spread of wildfires that sweep across vast areas every summer.

These terrible conditions can turn a minor mishap into a raging blaze. But remember, these dangerous events are mainly preventable.

Fire prevention is more important than you may realize.

If you want to avoid becoming part of the wildfire loss statistics, follow these general fire prevention measures to keep your home safe:

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A decision of the Greek Supreme Court (StE) causes turmoil in the off-plan property development.

One more obstacle is added to the ability to construct buildings on off-plan plots. This time, the obstacle to the residential exploitation of this category of properties comes from a decision of the Greek Supreme Court (StE).

Specifically, according to decision 176/2023 of the Plenary Session of the StE, it was judged that in the off-plan area, and even within the Residential Control Zone (ZOE), the existence of a facade in a communal space (street) is required in addition to the minimum area to construct a property. With the above decision, the annulment of a building permit for a specific property was ratified, which did not have access to a registered communal road.

Naturally, the above decision caused enormous upheaval in the real estate market for this category of properties, with a "freeze" on their purchases and sales, the postponement of a significant number of investments, which are subject to the development law, and the probable delay in the approval of building permits by the competent building offices, until the issue is resolved with the issuance of clarifying circulars by the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

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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.

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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.

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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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