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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. Sue Sharpe
    March 14, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

    No mention of the ferry port?


  2. Maya
    March 14, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    There are no International schools in Denia, and Valenciano is mandated throughout the Comunidad in all schools


  3. Sandy
    March 23, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    My partner is moving to Denia as a chiropractor so I will be in denia the majority of the time from May this year any infoation esp finally how to advertise myself as a carer and full enhanced crb nbq 3 and 4 cater/cleaning/carer/shopper and my partner as fully qualified registered chiropractor


    • Joe
      June 4, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

      may I ask her name and where they will practice?


  4. Deborah mcloughlin
    August 2, 2016 @ 2:01 pm

    Moving to denia in October, would really appreciate any advice with where to go , jobs, medical an all those sort of things. Thanks Debbie


    • Elle Draper
      August 3, 2016 @ 10:44 am

      Most of these things are down to your personal taste or your experience Deborah – so without knowing you, those are very difficult questions to answer. Fort example – you may be a qualified beautician… so it would be pointless us sending you to a company looking for qualified nurses.

      For “medical,” you will be need to be registered to pay Social Security. If you get a job with a contract (find a job in the same way as the UK – checking local job boards etc) then they will pay that for you. If self-employed, you’ll pay upwards of €250 per month. That goes on age. So for example, I pay €256 per month and I’m 44.

      Good luck with the move!

      E x


      • Erwin Vanmassenhove
        February 11, 2017 @ 7:20 pm

        hi Elle, I have a son of 11 and am considering a move…. had my eyes on Altea then was looking here. Any suggestions in that region which would be best with a kid of almost 12? Looking for international schools (there are quite some) as well as places to live…. I would need like an appartement with shared pool or a house + an atelier somewhere nearby as well. Are there good hospitals and all that?


        • Elle Draper
          February 13, 2017 @ 11:27 am

          Hi Erwin. You’ll find everything you seek (and more) in Denia – it’s a well established and supportive community. Do learn Spanish though – you’ll get so much more out of your life here.
          With regard to specific areas… I’m afraid I can’t comment without having actually lived there myself. But do have a look on Facebook for Groups specific to Denia (I think “Denia Connect” is a good one) – have a good read in those… and then dive in with your questions. We have friends there and they’re a friendly bunch!
          E xx


  5. John Ross
    June 6, 2018 @ 8:46 pm

    Denia is very Spanish; in all my time here I haven’t seen a single “Bisto Gravy” sign outside a pub. The eating opportunities are enormously varied and include three Michelin places in the town or nearby; a 3*, a 2* and a 1*, and many just below that. There are several hundred others from small cafes to glossy modern places selling version of modern fusion food and many Tapas bars. The markets, indoor and street, are excellent in quality, price and variety.
    The surrounding countryside is very scenic and good for walking and cycling. There is a sizeable permanent expat community and as many more who come and go through the year. The U3A is very active.
    It is easy to travel to other parts of Spain by car or by the excellent railways, or by ferry to the Balearics, and there are two airports an hour away. The main hospital for the area is on the outskirts of the town.


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