This island in Greece wants you to live there so much that they’ll pay you to stay.
We all want to get away from it, from time to time. Scrolling through Instagram, it’s hard not to see the bluer-than-blue sea in people’s posts and think “I would give a kidney to be there right now”.
The truth is, when you go to places like that, you actually get bored very quickly. There’s like two restaurants, one bar that turns into a club every other Thursday and a bunch of locals who, probably rightly, don’t care for tourists.
Still though, the islands in Greece are very scenic, and even the strongest willed amongst us can be seduced by their charm without even realising.
So why not bite the bullet and just bloody live there?
In for a penny, etc. Live on a Greek island. F*ck it. Why not? They’ll even pay you.
That’s right. The island of Antikythera, just between Crete and Kythira, has a diddly little population of 25, rising to 40 in the summer.
For obvious reasons, the local governments want this number to rise and since all of the young natives are moving to more bustling parts of the world, they’re primarily after young families to move to it.
€500-a-month is up for grabs there, as per the Greek Orthodox Church, and they’ll continue to pay that for a lovely three years. That’s €18,000 (£16,141.77). They’ll also give you a plot of land to build a house or a business on for free. Not bad for just existing.
The president of the local Antikythera council, Andreas Charchalakis, told Greek website iefimerida that fishermen, stock-farmers, builders, and bakers could flourish there.
“We are looking for many families to ‘revive’ our island.
These are professions which can guarantee a decent income for those who will come to our island.“
Home comforts are scarce there, with few supermarkets and the like, with shops mainly selling what grows on the island, and there isn’t even an ATM.
There is internet connection though, and obviously there’s electricity. Swings and roundabouts.
Greek families are given priority, but all nationalities are ultimately welcome. You can find out more here.
Images via Antikythira Direct/Getty