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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. Alex
    September 25, 2016 @ 11:50 am

    I think comparing Arguineguín to a hole is a little harsh, even if you do use quotes. The coastal paths are about to be refurbished and the marina is getting a 20 million euro investment.

    From Arguineguín, you can walk to 5 different beaches. The black-sand beach slap-bang in the middle of Arguineguín is an excellent spot as it’s often empty and the water is calm and warm.

    It is a local town, but it gets lots of foreign visitors and has a lovely mix of local and international restaurants. In winter, its nickname is ‘South Oslo’.


  2. Matthew Hirtes
    September 25, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

    Clearly that’s not my view. That’s why the quote marks were used. The format for these guides hasn’t changed from the very first one. There is a Downs section. It needs to be filled. That sailor was handy. She was pretty scathing about the whole island in fact. A little like Karl Pilkington. It’s called having an opinion.


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