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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. John Brindley
    March 2, 2017 @ 8:04 pm

    As a Lanzarote resident who has been to ten of the islands, La Gomera is my favourite to visit. Go in May, when the fields and roadsides on the higher slopes are a riot of wildflowers, and the Laurisilva forests at the highest points have beautiful footpaths beneath tunnels of trees dripping with mosses.


  2. Angela Alberti
    June 25, 2018 @ 9:37 pm

    Matteue,just in front „my birth and obviously my parents are Irish ☘️ The English UK ??and I am more than happy ?for BritX !So now back to seriös European ? i Have lived most of my life in Germany ?I have traveled the world,in jounger years Australia As a Mom and over 30 months and…in India ?later Japan,China etc Through a girlfriend we l?To LaGomera „the smell and vibrations of the Atlantic Fauna Cool plesent people Thank god/alle/budda That they stayed so unique…..I adore this very pritty creative island ?Englisch ?Thanking you für your diversity on paradise island ???????


  3. darren hatton
    January 9, 2021 @ 3:41 am

    hello to u all im lookin to get prices please for building materals near to Alajero as im trying to work costs out for a property on the island before i put a bid in thanks for eney advice darren


  4. Gary Adriaenssens
    October 6, 2021 @ 10:28 am

    How much would you need monthly in La Gomera living from a pension from Belgium? I will retire next year and looking for some warmer modest options in Europe. Don’t need much since I’m a single person and not a big spender in anything!. Lots of thanks for info. & feedback.


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