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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

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  1. Suffield
    July 4, 2023 @ 8:18 pm

    I would really recommend being very careful about moving to Álora if you are British. It’s all very nice on the surface: charming white village (pueblo blanco) which is actually not very attractive from the inside and has a big rubbish collection problem. But that’s not the issue. The issue is that it is a very inward-looking town and British people (of whom there are many) are looked down on and disliked. I suspect the vast majority don’t even notice that, but if you speak Spanish and have lived in other parts of Spain you will. It’s like a sort of constant low-level racism. No one will ever be rude to you directly but you are not welcome. Furthermore, there is very little to do. As I say, if you want to just drop out and do your own thing it’s fine and the surrounding countryside is beautiful if you can stand the heat in the summer, but if you are looking for an active, lively place with lots of activities that embraces incomers, Alora is not the place. Hope that’s helpful.


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