I am not retired at all but I will as John, try to help you. My answers are connected to my own personnal experience...
Is it possible to lease a flat or must you rent month by month.
We are renting a small house with a normal renting contract (lease for one years). But we also found people renting flat month by month with increased price in the summer.
What is the cost of living...bottomline?
Depends where you live and what you buy Chania is very expensive. South of the island is very cheap. Restaurants, bars pubs are cheap. Clothes and shopping (furtinutes, ...) not so cheap. I would rather say expensive. But the daily life : eating, going to the supermarket, buying a bread, is not expensive at all.
If you lease a flat, is it possible to sub-let during the summer months(a time when I plan to head to cooler climates)?
Depends with the owner. Need to be discussed with him.
Is Internet access as available as it seems?
In the north of the island no prob at all. Surrunding every big cities, you can get DSL connection. In the south, DSL is coming. Actually, the three providers offers 256, 512 and 1024 DSL connections. Those are still slow in comparison of US or France and so. But it works quite well. Despites, ADSL is really expensive !!!! Greece has within Europe, the most expensive prices for phone and Internet
Is a car necessary? Would a scooter do?
Depends again how you live. We do not have a car... but we live 10 km far away from chania and we can take a bus. If you live in the south or in the moutains, for sure, you need a car
How hot and how cold does it really get?
Not so hot here. The average temperature for the summer is 30° day... and night
What are the essentials one should bring?
... open-mind and happiness
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