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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. John Maher
    November 9, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    Hi Matthew,
    I’m visiting Las Palmas in a couple of weeks.
    I know UD Las Palmas are not at home that weekend,
    but I’ve been instructed to collect some scarves/posters/etc for
    a bunch of chefs, big fans, that work at The White House GuestHouse, in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland.
    So…the question is, please,…do I have to go to the stadium to shop or can the gear be bought in town?


    • Matthew Hirtes
      November 9, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

      Hi John,

      The club shop is the best place to go to for the likes of posters and scarves. Whereas the sports shops in Triana and El Corte Inglés on Mesa y López sell replica kits.

      Hope this helps,



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