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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. Julian Hook
    February 19, 2016 @ 6:38 am

    I wonder if the author has actually been to the Costa Calida? Murcia airport has still not opened and San Javier (MJV) is the closest just off the beach. I would describe San Javier as a typical working town with relatively few restaurants none of which serve ‘chicken curry and chilli’ although it is possible to get menu del dia at several Spanish restaurants there. San Javier is not in fact on the coast and you need to travel to Santiago de La Ribera about 2 miles away on the western shore of the Mar Menor, where you will find restaurants catering for every pocket, from fine dining to beach side cafes serving pizza and sandwiches, or to Los Alcazares south of Ribera which has an altogether more family resort atmosphere that is reflected in the type and menus of the restaurants there.

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