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Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert. Matthew writes for two sections of Spain Buddy: Moving to Spain and Spanish Football as well as providing Reviews


  1. Anne Smith
    December 28, 2016 @ 12:59 am

    We moved to Albox 4 months ago after retiring what can I say it’s the best move we ever made someone told us to give it 2 years it took 2 weeks after unpacking we were settled. we bought in the Spanish area we wanted to live with the Spanish people and we have been made very welcome. We have had a great Christmas being invited into our neighbours home on Christmas eve to spend it with her family and Christmas day dancing in the street with them. Boxing day we invited all our neighbours into our home and gave them food. We love our life here and retirement has been easy after working all our lives and bringing up 5 children we were dreading being not useful anymore we don’t have a spare minute every day is something different. Looking forward to a long life here.


    • ValTimmins
      August 10, 2019 @ 7:40 pm

      Hi Anne,

      I have just read your review on Albox . We are currently looking to move into the area from SW France.
      Having lived there for a few years now are you still happy in Albox.

      I did read somewhere that there are some illegal build properties built there, and would not like to move if that was the case, have you heard anything about these illegal builds.

      Many thanks


      • Elle Draper
        August 12, 2019 @ 1:32 pm

        Hi Val. Sorry for the delay in reply – I didn’t have the website login with me over the weekend to reply sooner.

        We no longer live in the Albox area. We left after four years and now live in a small, very Spanish town, about an hour or so drive away:

        We loved our little cortijo there near Albox. Amazing views… blissfully quiet… and Albox had almost everything you’d need from a small town. We just wanted to move somewhere more Spanish, and back into the heart of a town rather than out in the countryside like we had there.

        If you’re seeking somewhere that looks really Spanish but has a large number of Brits living there too (as a support structure) then Albox should tick your boxes. There are still issues with illegal builds – so please do be very careful before buying anywhere. Older properties, or those within the town itself “should” be fine.


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