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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


    August 19, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    why would there be any dislikes? If you do proper planning of your housing and contract an English local / lawyer things can’t go wrong


    • Elle Draper
      August 19, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      Hello there.
      Something can always go wrong… not necessarily connected to legalities. Sometimes people have expectations of an area when they move there, but it fails to deliver. Just because somewhere is a great holiday destination, it does not necessarily follow that it is perfect for someone to live in. Or you may end up with awful neighbours. Everybody is different, and wants different things from a home. Like you say, it is better to spend more time on proper planning before you move to ensure you are fully prepared, than to end up stuck in an area unable to sell or move… becoming increasingly unhappy. However, enthusiasm can sometimes speed things along a bit more quickly.
      Elle x


  2. Danielle Lloyd
    December 10, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    Will be staying one month in Malaga to research area for relocation possibly by Nov 2015. Have never been , understand that there are many areas to stay and live and would so appreciate recommendation on where to start. Will not have a car so I must be close to bus/train/walk. Would prefer a quiet area.. not city center. I also would like to enroll in a language immersion class while there. I speak very little Spanish and would very much like to learn.
    Thanks for your assistance.


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