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.


  1. Daniela Nicklin
    July 22, 2015 @ 10:43 pm


    I’m Daniela from Chile but I have lived in Englad for the last seven years with my English husband. We love Spain and our dream is to leave England and start enjoying the Spanish life. We did think to do it a while ago but then we realised that the economy there wasn’t good enough in order to get a good job. I was wondering if you know of any good website or any tips about jobs for English speakers (my husband doesn’t speak Spanish) I’m bilingual though and I work in a school as a Learning support assistant. I would appreciate any information you could share with us and thanks for all the useful information you’ve got on your website.

    Muchas gracias

    July 23, 2015 @ 2:14 am

    In you short article about moving to Calahonda you totally missed one of its biggest, best, and most recent attraction, namely the new amazing beach walkway going all the way to La Cala, and eventually from Estapona to Nerja!!

  3. Matthew Hirtes
    July 24, 2015 @ 12:43 am

    Thanks for your tip, Philip! Look out for Louise enjoying a paseo along this promenade.

  4. Matthew Hirtes
    July 24, 2015 @ 12:45 am

    Hi Daniela, Many thanks for getting in touch. It really depends on which area you’re looking to relocate to. If it’s Sitio de Calahonda, for example, Louise Brace is your go-to girl. If it’s the Canary Islands, say, Matthew Hirtes is your go-to guy. Although Alan Gandy and Elle Draper are the Lanzarote experts.

  5. Angela
    February 20, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

    How is the medical care there? Do the doctors speak English?
    Do you need a car to get around?

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