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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. Simon Allen
    January 14, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

    My wife and I will hopefully move to Cadiz later this year (2015) and we will visit Cadiz a few times in the meantime. Is there an expat resident with perhaps the time to give some insight to life in the city or perhaps meet there sometime?

    Many thanks in advance, Simon and Claudia


    • Elle Draper
      January 14, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

      Hi Simon and Claudia. Perhaps try contacting one of the three Cadiz based expats at the base of the article. Do mention where you saw them too so they don’t think you’re an odd-bod ;)
      Good luck with the move.
      Elle x


    • Tracy Dempsey (@TracyDempsey)
      July 12, 2015 @ 4:46 pm

      Hi Simon and Claudia,
      My partner and I are also planning to move to Cádiz, from Ireland, in early 2016; we’re visiting for a week this September. I just wanted to ask if you have moved already, and if so, how you’re finding it? Would love to hear your thoughts!

      Tracy & Conor


      • Donna Twydell
        June 24, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

        Hi Tracy and Conor,
        Did you move to Cadiz? i have been living in Ireland for 33 years and my daughter has recently moved to Seville. She is begging me to relocate to be nearer to her. I was originally looking at the Malaga province but she suggested Cadiz as being less of a drive from Seville. I would love to hear from you!
        Donna currently in West Cork


        • Tracy
          March 23, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

          Hi Donna,

          So sorry I’m only seeing this now – I didn’t have notifications turned on for replies! Please feel free to contact me directly through my website – soulambition dot com – and I’ll be happy to chat!



  2. Kip
    February 19, 2015 @ 6:40 am

    Hi my name is Kip and I am looking at traveling to Cadiz in the next few years to live for a year or more.

    I am a surfer and looking at the combination of surf in Cadiz and the Snow in Sierra Navada.

    Anyway I was wondering how bad the work front is and what is the average wage per week.




  3. Bernard vallely
    June 2, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    Hi, taking my car to Lanza, ferry booked from cadiz, my itv has run out and plan to renew in lanzarote, will I have prob getting on boat


    • Elle Draper
      June 3, 2015 @ 11:31 am

      Hi Bernard. You should be okay. The port authorities aren’t interested in stuff like that. But… they may flag it up to a copper mate over their morning coffee – so get it done back in Lanzarote as soon as you can.
      If you’re worried though – book the ITV appointment online and then print out the confirmation or a screen grab to prove you’re booked in before travelling. E x


  4. lucrecia pujol
    October 15, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

    My daughter and her husband (who is in the US Navy) are being transferred to Cadiz,
    and I want to know how safe it is.
    Have enjoyed reading all different info. on the city.
    Thank you


    • Alan Gandy
      October 17, 2015 @ 4:24 pm

      I would say far, far safer than your average US city as would be all/most cities in Spain.


  5. Jackie
    February 9, 2016 @ 3:36 am

    My husband and myself are thinking about moving to Cadiz or somewhere near that region next year as we are English but currently live in Australia and want to be nearer our family again
    Can anyone let me know what the cost of living is there and what it cost to rent a 2/3 bedroom house. also is the employment market good for English speaking only or should we learn Spanish ?

    Simon or Tracy have you moved there yet as I would be interested to know how the move went .

    Thank you.


  6. beth
    June 4, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    Hello.I an looking for a property in El Puerto Santa Maria and wondered if anyone could tell me the good area’s and ones to avoid.We do like City center life so happy to take inner city property .


    • Elle Draper
      June 5, 2016 @ 12:15 am

      We’ve only got one property for sale in El Puerto Santa Maria on our property section. I’m sure that if you dropped an enquiry through – they may be able to answer your questions about specific areas… and perhaps have other properties to show you.

      Or here’s a link to Cadiz province properties

      Happy househunting!
      Elle x


  7. Alasdair
    November 25, 2016 @ 2:06 am

    As I am reviewing opportunities to move to Cadiz, I am wondering how feasible it may be to be able to find a room or a 1 bed flat to rent by the month in Cadiz town (without having to sign a 6 month or 1 year rental contract). Any suggestions for rental agencies or landlords who may have properties to rent on such a basis?

    I work in tourism, so I am looking to set up as a tour operator and to do some English teaching or nanny work to pay the bills. I already work in all these capacities here in Oxford.


    • Elle Draper
      November 25, 2016 @ 11:46 am

      Hello Alasdair. You may find it difficult to rent by the month because here in Spain property is designated as short term or long term let and the two require different paperwork for the landlord to prepare and different property standard requirements. But I’m sure it’s not impossible. You’re better enquiring in Cad’z itself. I imagine you’ll need your best Spanish lingo for that one as it could by a little grey legally. Have a look at AirBnB though – there may be places on there that are already set up for both. Our Cadíz contacts are geared up for sales rather than rentals or we’d recommend a specific agency for you.

      If setting up as an operator, you’ll need to set up an SL (similar to Ltd in the UK). Chat to as they’ll be able to sort it remotely for you and help with the liability insurance etc. Or… you can just get your NIE number and then do it using other operators on a fee share basis. For English teaching, approach the language schools in Cadíz direct – a Google search will tell you if there are any.

      Good luck!


  8. Lynne Matthews
    March 30, 2018 @ 11:04 pm

    We r looking to move over .We wanted to rent outside the town as we have a dog and like open spaces. My partner is a builder groundsmen decorator so would be looking for work in that field. And I have run my own pubs. Any help and advice would be helpfull


  9. KZ Zimmerman
    August 5, 2018 @ 10:40 am

    I am moving to Spain in 2020 from Florida. Want to be near the southern coast.


  10. Sophia
    December 10, 2019 @ 4:40 pm

    Hey everybody in this rubrique :) did any of you eventually make it out to cadiz? Because i’m planning on doing so myself. I’m from switzerland, but my boyfriend is from cadiz and for me it’s no question: you can’t take a surferboy away from his beloved ocean.

    So to maintain our relationship the next step has to be moving to cadiz, sooner or later.

    I’m currently finishing my studies and would be able to move there in spring 2021, bit i’m planning on sending my summer there. ( june – august )

    Im sure i can organise a lote whilest spending summer there, but it’s still important for me to exchange with other expat residents about their experiences.

    I feel like the workingsituation / economicalsituation has improved since 2015, but still i’m scared i couldn’t be able to afford life there.

    Are people still able to save up money working there? Are you able to visit your original country and maybe go on vacation elsewhere too?

    thanks in advance for every constructive answer



  11. Jon
    July 10, 2020 @ 4:55 am

    Are there any English speaking Gestors in or near Cadiz?


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