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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. Craig Briggs
    October 18, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    My wife and I moved to Galicia in 2002. We live about 100km south of Santiago de Compostela. It’s true that compared to other parts of Spain we have quite a bit of rain. Chris Stewart, of Driving Over Lemons fame referred to this corner of Spain as, ‘Rain sodden Galicia’ but in the words of Mark Twain, ‘There are lies, damned lies and statistics’.

    Galicia is undoubtedly Spain’s green and pleasant land. Most of the annual rainfall falls between the months of November and April. Throughout much of spring and the whole of summer we experience clear blue skies, hot sunny days, and comfortably warm evenings.

    Of course I’m biased, having lived here for over 11 years, who wouldn’t be; but believe you me, Galicia is wonderful place to live, rain and all.


    • Elle Draper
      October 18, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

      Hi Craig!

      Galicia certainly looks beuatiful – and your book describes it beautifully.

      Thansk for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Elle x


      • Bob McGinness
        June 10, 2022 @ 9:52 pm

        Hi! Bob here:
        Interested in finding out if there’s an US &/or English speaking enclave in Santiago di Compostela.
        I am of meager means, retired basically a non dating widower, and very Catholic.
        I’d appreciate any feedback.
        I could @ some point do a bit better financially, but not so now.
        Thank you.
        I’m also looking keenly towards the Catholic aspect.
        Don’t have me inundated with emails. I ignore any and almost all, but would like info, being a non Spanish speaker.


    • Bea
      September 28, 2019 @ 3:42 pm


      I’m just curios to know if you speak Spanish and if not, is this a barrier to living in Galicia?


  2. Elaine Rau
    June 29, 2020 @ 6:35 pm

    Hello, My husband and I are considering renting a small, furnished house or apartment in or around Santiago in the spring or summer of 2021, for about 3 -4 months. I would actually like to stay for longer periods (6months) and will do this perhaps the following year. We’ve spent a lot of time in Ibiza over the last 50 years as we have family there but would like to get to know other parts of Spain. Ibiza was a lovely, small farm island…wonderful people, but as you know, it’s changed dramatically. We have also walked the Camino twice and will return this late fall…we hope! I have many questions about living short term in Santiago and certainly don’t expect you to answer all. But any comments, advice, recommendations you might have would be so very welcome. In a nutshell… we are in our late 70’s, excellent health. Skiing, hiking, running, etc. are the major part of our lives. We live on the western slope of Colorado, but most of our lives we lived in ski resorts. Husband loves to read a lot and meet new people. I love to love to hike and kayak. Thanks for any insights you would have! Regards, Elaine Rau,
    Grand Junction, CO, USA


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