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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. Steve Phillips
    March 8, 2016 @ 4:24 pm

    Thanks Matthew, my wife and I have rented a villa in Vilamarxant and will be relocation full-time in June, 2016. You article is very helpful.


    • Hayley Harding
      August 9, 2020 @ 12:44 pm

      Hi! Have you moved to Vilamarxant area now?
      If so any feedback please as looking to buy in this area


  2. robert arnold
    July 30, 2017 @ 6:50 pm

    I am buying a property in Real Montroy, can anyone recommend a reliable English speaking lawyer experienced in conveyancing.


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