Going Local in Gran Canaria

Book Cover: Going Local in Gran Canaria
Editions:Paperback: £ 11.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781904881629
Pages: 244
Kindle: £ 4.99 GBP

How to turn a holiday destination into a home

Matthew Hirtes

Whether you’re visiting Gran Canaria courtesy of picking up a last-minute bargain or planning to relocate there, Going Local in Gran Canaria is the book for you.

Covering everything from places to see, property advice and career opportunities, Going Local  is much more than a travel guide. New residents will be delighted by its accessible, humorous style and the inside scoop on what's hot and what's not, coming from British journalist and resident of over ten years, Matthew Hirtes.

Reviews:Victoria Twead, author of Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools wrote:

An extraordinarily honest, detailed, colourfully-written guide that both informs and entertains. Highly recommended.

Andrea and Jack Montgomery – Going Native in Tenerife wrote:

With a rare depth of insight, Matthew weaves his personal experiences through an engaging narrative to show us a different face to Gran Canaria.

Louise Parkin, editor, Living Spain wrote:

Matthew Hirtes probably knows more about Gran Canaria than many who were born there. Going Local is an engaging and authoritative guide for visitors and new residents alike.

Author: Matthew Hirtes

When Matthew Hirtes told his then work colleagues as they lunched, looking outside at another grey Isleworth day, of his impending relocation to Gran Canaria, they predicted a life along the lines of a video of Wham’s "Club Tropicana" on repeat. However, Matthew has been too busy to sip cocktails by the pool, writing on everything from learning Spanish to taking surf lessons to covering lucha canaria (Canarian wrestling) fights for the likes of 'A Place in the Sun', 'Condé Nast Traveller', and 'The Independent'. Writing about hiking in the mountains, for example, re-emphasised for him how the island offers a true surf-and-turf experience with the possibility of sunning yourself on the beach in the morning and trekking in the afternoon...