Originally Posted by dorsetknob
Thanks Scoobie you make a fair point. Yes we are of "normal" retiring age and have to consider things like health care, from what you say maybe one of the bigger islands or possibly the mainland might be better for hospitals etc. Would you say that health care is generally of a good standard and easy to access? Could you give a rough idea of normal living expences, I know it's difficult as we all have such varied lifestyles, but we tend to like the simple things of life. As well as the occasional little treats. Basically we are hungry for any information you might have. if we can narrow our search down to a few preffered areas, we can come over for an extended holiday early in the new year to look for suitable properties. We would certainly lease somewhere for the first year, while renting out our house over here.
Thanks again Dorsetknob.
Hi , the area that Elen suggested sounds great and for the mainland, Nafplio is wonderful but as Elen said the prices are more expensive there. The cost of rentals depends on what you want, apartment or house? Basically around 400 euros upwards. Electricity has gone up somewhat but still cheaper than the Uk and the Gas bottles for heaters or cooking are around 16 euros a bottle. Water is cheap also. To eat out living here you can do cheaply with the local small tavernas. Shopping is also cheaper than the Uk from what i have been told.
I think the medical care is better than the Uk, it is easy to book a doctor and also easy to see specialists at the hospitals, a little chaotic but definately easier than getting to see a specialist in the Uk. If you get internet connection then sign up to SKYPE for a few euros a month you can call all over Europe for free, a great invention. I think the best thing is to search on line at the cost to buy and rent with estate agents, you will get a clear idea of the price differences around Greece. For sure spend a holiday here to investigate fully if it is the right place for you. Also consider the winter months, as i know people who live in the North where it is much colder so the cost of heater goes up greatly then. Crete has good facilities, Corfu where you can get a ferry to Italy all year,all the larger islands really. On the mainland you can also look around Kalamata on the West and the resorts south of it like Kardamilli and Stoupa. remember if you buy here always worth putting in a much lower offer than is stated as they are nearly always flexible.