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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. robingraham
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    My town. This is a very good run down for anybody considering Tarifa as a potential home. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough but people should bear in mind that it doesn’t win on practicality on just about any score. Just about anywhere on the Costa del Sol would be much more convenient in terms of infrastructure, getting kids into school, shopping etc. Choosing Tarifa was a decision of ours that I would describe as romantic and a little stubborn. It’s a bit out of the way but incredibly beautiful.


    • Elle Draper
      January 7, 2014 @ 10:28 am

      I agree Robin. We all want different things from different areas which is why Spain is great – it has something for everyone. The infrastructure would always be very low on my personal list – just one of the reasons we live up a mountain and not on the Costa. But then we don’t have kids living with us, and work for ourselves. Tarifa sounds great – and we will definitely visit (fancy meeting up for food and wine Robin?), although I think the wind would put me off considering it as a future home.
      Thanks for taking the time to provide some inpout and also leave a comment, Robin – and congratulations again on winning the Blog of The Month
      Elle x


  2. robingraham
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    Uncanny, Elle – food and wine both happen to feature in my Top Five list of favourite things. There’s no need to go into the other three here. So yes, anytime you’re in town.


    • Elle Draper
      January 7, 2014 @ 10:41 am

      Well… without knowing what the other 3 are… I won’t be volunteering ;)
      Cheers Robin! x


  3. Matthew Hirtes
    January 8, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    Thanks, Robin. I couldn’t have written it without your input. We visited Tarifa when we went to see my brother who was working in Gibraltar at the time. I’m definitely keen on getting reacquainted.


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