The Mediterranean attracts a large number of settlers from all over the world, and the islands are the most preferred. The subtropical Mediterranean climate and unique local culture is a magnet for those seeking a better life in Southern Europe. Usually the people who settle down along the Mediterranean coast come from colder northern countries such as Britain, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands and the countries of Scandinavia.
1. Corfu. They often call Corfu “the most British of all the Greek islands” and this is not an accident. Nearly half of the population of Corfu consists of immigrants from other parts of Europe, and the most numerous are the settlers from the UK.
In some parts of the island foreigners even prevail. Typical example is the northern area, which is home to the biggest part of the British settlers.
2. Cyprus. Cyprus is one of the most international islands in Europe, and the main reason is the extremely warm climate.
The fact that the beaches are crowded with visitors at least from early April to late November makes the island a magnet for foreign settlers. Some people call Cyprus “Little England”, but this is a bit subjective, because this is the home of different communities of foreigners.
Over the last few years, the number of Russian settlers has increased seriously, and today the Russian community is one of the largest on the island. Sunny, warm and safe, Cyprus has everything Russians need.
3. Mallorca. The largest Balearic island has always been known as the number one destination for German travelers and people looking for a real estate abroad.
Among Germans it has become a tradition to buy villas and apartments at this gorgeous paradise in the Western Mediterranean. Therefore Mallorca is often called “the most German Mediterranean island”.
4. Crete. The largest Greek island is becoming a popular destination in the United States. Many Americans find that the lovely Greek island strikingly reminds the rural areas of California and especially the Napa Valley.
Over the last few years it has became a tradition Americans to buy and restore rural properties on the gorgeous Mediterranean island. Moreover, the climate on the island is almost the same as the climate in Southern California.
5. Ibiza. The most party place in Europe and probably in the world is the beautiful Balearic island of Ibiza. This place attracts millions of people from all over the world.
Some of them just come to rest here for a week or two, while others want to stay here at least a few months in the summer season or to make this island their home for permanently.
As soon as you arrive in Ibiza, you can feel the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the island. It will takes just a few hours to realize how many different languages are spoken on the island and how amazingly colourful the ethnic composition of Ibiza is.