Originally Posted by scoobie
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.
Thanks for all the information and suggestions Scoobie. It all helps us focus on the detail of what we want to do. We have a few months before we can begin to finalise our plans, although on a wet and windy day like we have today, it can't come soon enough. All your help is invaluable, please post again if you think of anything else that might be of interest to us.
Kind regards Dorsetknob.