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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. Jon Waterman
    October 3, 2018 @ 12:18 am

    I am a U.S. retiree who wants to live in Ovieto. Are there any English speaking Gestors, Realtors, Lawyers?


    • Elle Draper
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

      Realtors – more than likely… but do a Google search for “Estate agents” rather than “realtors” as UK English is used more in Spain than US English.

      For a lawyer – I found these guys. It’s just a search result though – not a personal recommendation:

      I had no luck finding an English speaking gestor – but widening your search to Santander may produce results.

      Good luck! x


  2. Mod
    December 20, 2019 @ 11:04 am

    Thank you for this article! We’re wondering whether you had any English speaking expat living in Oviedo contact you. We love Oviedo, but my husband speaks limited Spanish (taking classes), which makes us afraid of being isolated. I’m 46 and he’s 50. We’re wondering how other expats have thrived.


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