Sinkingslowly wrote:....I have been trying to research the comparative Cost of Living particularly with the current Brexit blip/death spiral (choose one :? ) affecting Sterling.
The exchange rate has been worse. In December 2008 £1.00 would get you less than €1.04 -
the mid market rate was 1 : 1.039 GBP : Euro. When we first arrived here it was at about 1.64€.
From what I read about the currency markets (quite a lot) I get the feeling that the rate would be at about its current level with or without Brexit.
For eating out, prices, of course, vary from place to place and with what you choose to eat. Places around us are much of a muchness with a couple of tavernas being 5%-10% above the average. With two starters, salad, two mains, house wine and the usual "free" desserts/raki, typically, we pay between €32-€38. You don't need to spend that much. We had a very satisfying and tasty lunch a few days ago at a place just outside Iraklio, similar meals but a couple of beers instead of wine - €24.50 + modest tip. If we want coffee after a meal we always go to a café (in 15+ years here I seen Cretans drink coffee in a taverna just twice). In any case, the coffee's usually better and there's a wider choice of nightcaps in the cafés.
For everyday living we tend to use the small local shops for food etc., the local SINKA every six or so weeks for bulky stuff like laundry liquids, big bottles of shampoo etc. We very rarely go to any of the bigger supermarkets like A & B, Lidl, Marinopoulos. Years ago went to Halkiadakis a few times as it was the only place then to stock mature Cheddar (or any cheddar come to that).