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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. Lianne
    February 9, 2016 @ 11:05 pm

    ”so expect to be able to eat chips with everything”

    I think you will find that its a Spanish Food Tradition not because the Brits are here. Find me anywhere were the majority of Spanish eateries serve anything different than Chips!

    ”The out-of-town Colegio Público Medio Almanzora II’s a state primary which was overcrowded, but thanks to a campaign by parents, now has a lower child-to-classroom ratio.”

    Get your facts right here!
    My 1st daughter was the 2nd British child to attend here in 2004, 2 teachers, teaching 8 years of infants & primary. There’s a ruling to how many children can attend a rural school each class year (18) and that has always been in place with extra teachers been brought in, the class numbers have never been over crowed. As numbers grew, prefab classrooms were brought in, we campaigned to have the extension built which is now in place, hence plenty of space and more individual attention to a child’s education. I would rather have my child in a class with a maximum of 18, than 30. I still have my 2nd daughter in 6th, she’s one of 6.

    ” A third option, Murcia-San Javier airport is also located on the A-7, although you can cut your journey time down to closer to 90 minutes by paying the tolls on the AP-7”

    Or via Alhama de Murcia, 1 hr 45 mins with no tolls to pay.

    ”Villas tend to be more traditional and white-washed the closer you get to the centre of Arboleas and more modern further away”

    Plenty of beautiful traditional Aldea’s away from the center, the Urbanizations built for the British are close to the main Arboleas Village with the exception of Limaria & Los Huiguerales and a few up the Arroyo.

    I agree with your up’s and Karen’s comments


  2. Sara
    August 25, 2016 @ 11:46 am

    Can anyone tell me how many Brits live in Arboleas full time .. The article suggests that there are more Brits then Spanish people . has the number of British peoples spoilt the Spanish feel?


    • Elle Draper
      August 25, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

      Yes Sara there are more Brits than Spanish in Arboleas now. The population is 33% Spanish with the rest coming from elsewhere (including Britain of course). I don’t have the exact population demographics. However, most of them are located in the surroundings urbanisations. The village itself remains very Spanish in feel.

      However, if you don’t want to hear a British voice each time you nip out for tapas… then Arboleas is not for you.


  3. Karen Hill
    February 28, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

    Hi we are thinking of moving to almanzora valley i.e. albox linear somontin we live in Tenerife at the moment and want to relocate can anyone give us any advice we are thinking of buying a cafe to work in which is the largest town ??

    Thanks Karen


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