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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. Danny
    October 20, 2016 @ 11:16 pm

    I live in a cave house on the very outskirts of Baza.

    Whilst it is hot in the summer months there is little humidity and the winter cold spell tends to be relatively short.

    Many of us choose to live in cave houses in this region of Spain as the interior temperature is relatively constant year round, meaning no need for the expense of air conditioning in the summer and easy to heat with a wood burning stove in the winter.

    I write about cave life and the area in general at


  2. Peter Hickling
    March 11, 2019 @ 8:09 pm

    Are there any British expat builders in the Baza region?
    We have a property in Caniles which we have owned since December 2018 but as yet cant move in due to the spanish builders/architect dragging their heals.


    • Elle Draper
      March 13, 2019 @ 10:12 am

      Definitely plenty of Brits in that area – although I’m unsure about builders. Hopefully someone else will spot this and be able to help xx


  3. rob
    May 10, 2019 @ 12:37 pm

    I lived in el margen near baza from 2003 to 2018.
    Im a carpenter/ builder, working in spain is very hard (some small ups but plenty of downs), we loved living in the baza area but didnt enjoy working there, to many brits dont pay, and many brit builders dont have any clue on what they are doing (most are DIYs),


  4. George G
    July 3, 2021 @ 8:20 pm

    Hi all I’m writing this from the UK (July 2021).

    We are looking in buying a B&B or lets in Caniles?
    Can anyone give as any information or advise about the area and if we can make a living out there.
    I hope someone can help out.

    Thank you all



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