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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. Clare
    April 28, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

    OUr first home here in Andalucia, will never forget Albanchez, lovely people, Antonio with his donkey Old Rafa bless his heart with his two dogs

    wonderful place to start our life here in Andalucia


  2. Robin Marshall
    April 28, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

    what about weather? is it very cold in winter and very hot in summer?


    • Elle Draper
      April 28, 2016 @ 9:17 pm

      Hi Robin. yes the temperatures reach extremes… but no more than the UK. As long as you sort yourself out some heating you’ll be fine. During the daytime the sun is still warm.
      E x


  3. john
    April 28, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

    Sounds wonderful keep them coming l always enjoy reading about my favourite country my wife and I are looking to move out there in the next two years.


  4. Jason
    July 8, 2016 @ 3:37 am

    We fly out Tuesday to pick up our keys for our villa which we brought back in May to use as a holiday home at first then later on hopefully move out full time.loved Albanchez from the moment Me and my wife saw it,just what we were looking for,white washed village houses perched up on a hillside,perfect.
    Can anybody recommend a good builder as would like to have a pool put in our place.Thanks in advance to people who reply.


    • Elle Draper
      July 8, 2016 @ 10:10 am

      What a beautiful place to choose – Albanchez is stunning!!

      Have a chat to – they regularly come up as a recommended company in the area. We haven’t had a pool since moving to the mainland from Lanzarote so can’t speak from personal experience I’m afraid.

      Enjoy Albanchez – it’s a super choice!

      Elle x


  5. Jason
    July 10, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

    Thanks Elle for your reply,it’s must appreciated


  6. Beverley McCallan
    January 4, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

    Thinking of retiring to Albanchez after 25 years in Lanzarote. Looking at the villas on the outskirts of town they are about a third of the price of our similar villa here. Any catches. Bills and rates? Very isolated so any problems with burglers. Thanks in advance.


    • Elle Draper
      January 4, 2017 @ 6:50 pm

      Hi Beverley. We came from Lanzarote too! Six years there for us (Playa Blanca).

      Albanchez is gorgeous and there’s a good support network there to help you. As with Lanzarote though… keep things close to your chest and don’t easily trust – but then you know all of that.

      Bills and rates seem a little more expensive here (IGIC vs IVA) but the cost of living is much lower in our experience.

      Burglars – similar to Lanzarote really. Much less than Arrecife and the resorts… but probably about the same as the smaller villages.

      Good luck with the move!

      E xx


  7. Matthew
    September 28, 2017 @ 7:24 pm

    I love Albanchez and own a property in the sticks “over the hill” near Los Molinas, a stunning and scary drive!!!
    A lovely welcoming village with a superb pool and a few small bars.
    And the Ayuntamiento are very helpful.
    Can’t wait to move out full time with my family.


  8. Frenchy
    January 12, 2019 @ 11:01 am

    Any knowledge of winter weather and temperatures please


  9. Grace Bromley
    June 4, 2020 @ 11:11 pm

    Wondering about flies, mozzies or other pests please?
    Thanking you in advance!


    • Elle Draper
      June 10, 2020 @ 11:24 am

      Hi Grace. Flying bugs are always more of a problem in warmer climes.
      I would ask locally how close pig farms are to Albanchez because these can cause flies to be a major issue. They were a huge problem where we lived near Albox… but I’m unsure if Albanchez has the same issue. Check with someone other than anyone who is set to make money from your move there ;)
      As for mozzies – they’re not a huge deal. However, if a neighbour doesn’t keep their pool clean, you’ll suffer for it.
      Aside from that, you’ll be fine. Out in the Campo are mini scorpions, spiders and sometimes snakes – but they’re rarely a problem. Do keep a eye out for the furry catepillars in the spring… they’re really nasty especially for pets. But if you’re in the town itself, they won’t be a problem anyway.
      Albanchez is a gorgeous town – and if you choose it for your new home, I am sure you’ll be very happy there.
      E x


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