It's been a long story but I'll be as brief as possible. We were in love with Greece, first as an idea then only within the last 20 years or so as a reality for holidays. We had holidays on Rhodes, Halki, Crete and Halkidiki and eventually in Marathi on the north side of Souda bay.
In 2003 we put our names down for a small apartment in Almerida and had our first holiday there in 2004, followed by many more. When we both retired in 2006 we decided to live here, but the apartment wasn't really big enough so we bought a big maisonette off plan in Kalives - excellent house - moved in in Feb 2007. Had a round the world trip in 2007-8 and when we came back we realised that we missed having a garden so looked for a plot with the help of every agent in Kalives and a few others too.
Found one, too quickly for comfort, planned a house, chose a builder and borrowed some money to build intending to sell the maisonnette. Perfect timing - the market crashed and, though we managed to sell the small apartment which made life easier, we still possess the Maisonette and a bank loan. Luckily we have a long term rental on that!
So life has been exciting and a bit worrying at times. However we now have a wonderful bespoke house with its own pool, around 60 olive trees and a burgeoning garden. Having visited for twenty years and lived here for five, we find it very difficult to envisage going home to Scotland, especially with the crap weather there.
We have put down roots, we have many good friends both northern European and Greek - also some Greeks returning from their emigree lives in the South Africa, US and Canada.
Our children are in Scotland, New Zealand and America, so there is no imperative to "return" for family reasons - which would we choose? However they all give us a great excuse to travel the world, ostensibly to visit them.
We are both fitter, eat better, are happier (sometimes quite euphoric!) and busier than we would expect to be in the UK and we love living by Kalives which is a vibrant centre of business with many shops and businesses, much the same in winter as in summer except for cooler weather and fewer tavernas.
Hope this is helpful.
By the way, this isn't heaven; there are bad bits too, but we prefer not to dwell on them - it's a near heaven as anyone should reasonably expect!!