Originally Posted by dorsetknob
My wife and I are approaching retirement and are looking for somewhere that our pensions will stretch further than in the UK. We've always liked the Greek Islands, so are trying to get as much unbiased practical information as we can.
Especially from anyone who has made a similar move. We are thinking of renting initially, so some idea of long term rental rates would be a help. Plus a guide to the cost of living. Health care issues. Suggestions of the most suitable islands/areas. And any more relevant information that anyone has would be greatly appreciated.
We have already semi-retired to Greece and we chose the beautiful Pelion area. We initially bought a beautiful traditional brick cottage in a mountain village, but realised very quickly that this wasn't working for us - too quiet, not enough variety when eating out etc. So we sold up and bought a piece of land by the coast just at the bottom of the original village and had a house built for us. We have spent the past 8 years living/visiting Pelion and we still think we chose wisely. The nearest large town is Volos where you can buy almost anything you would want, and there is also a large and new hospital. We live in the coastal village of Milina which is very pretty and even in mid-winter most places stay open and residents live here year-round. Hope this is helpful