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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. Anna Collins
    November 27, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    The best beaches in Spain in my opinion are in the Costa de la Luz, beautiful coastline and still much of it is unspoilt. I love this part of Andalucia.


  2. Matthew Hirtes
    December 1, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

    Thanks, Anna. You’re lucky to live so near.


    February 23, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

    My elderly mum and I are planning to move to Spain and are interested in Costa de la Luz however we would really want a good social network. Does anyone know which town or area is best for this? Also what is the public transport like there?

    Any help would be appreciated


    • Elle Draper
      February 24, 2017 @ 10:27 am

      Hi Janet. The local social network will be down to you – it’s what you make it, and without knowing your interests and personality then it’s a little difficult to advise. Obviously if you speak Spanish then that increases the potential.
      Public transport is better in the city than outlying areas… but if you Google “autobus cadiz” or whichever specific area you’re interested in, you should be able to view timetables.
      Good luck!
      E x


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