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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. louise brace (@louise_brace)
    September 13, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Actually there are bank repos in Marbella, loads, you wouldn’t get a property for 100k if it wasn’t a bank repo. And there are loads more schools, the public schools are really good. My daughter goes to a public school and it is like an international college, her friends are Spanish, Swedish, Germany, French, it’s an amazing environment for them to grow up.


    • Matthew Hirtes
      January 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Louise. Only just noticed your comment. Else, I would have replied earlier.


  2. Patrick Carroll
    March 31, 2022 @ 8:58 pm

    I have owned a holiday home in Puerto Banus for twenty five years. Of late, the problem with tiger mosquitos are such that I do not want to visit there anymore. Especially in what was my favourite months to visit namely August, September and October. I was reared in Africa and therefore was very accustomed to mosquitos. The type now being experienced around Marbella and in other regions of Spain I believe, leave infections which regularly need doctors attention.


    • JaveaMoneyExchange
      May 3, 2022 @ 11:12 am

      Patrick i relate so much. Around my area there are a lot of mosquito like flies that bite and the itches are twice as bad. Also if you are moving might you consider selling that house for a fair price and if it was reasonable for you? Lets carry on on whatsapp. +34 638 217 838


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