About me: Hello, I'm the author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How to Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, a quirky travel guide for the more discerning visitor who wants to see beyond the resorts doubling as a handbook for new expats. I also cover Spain for the likes of Condé Nast Traveller and The Independent.
Waking up on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s AM There’s nothing like a walk along the Avenida Maritima to renew body and mind. The ocean breeze refreshes parts other places can’t reach. But if you’re cycling, you’ll enjoy a wind-assisted ride heading out. Before battling ... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:42:52
Playa del Ingles
Life’s not always a beach A few years back, I returned to the world of SEO in London for a period of time. To my new workmates, I was a disappointment. Hearing that I’d been living in the Canary Islands, they no doubt imagined the new boy would be a bronze-complexioned one. Except I was... Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:49:50
La Berlanga, Canarian Badlands Shooting the colourful landscape of La Berlanga for your visual pleasure, I half-expect Martin Sheen’s Kit to jump out at me, all guns blazing. For the autumnal hue of non-seasonal flora meeting blue, blue sky perfectly matches that of Terrence Malick’s ma... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:08:22
Nuthin’ but a G Thang The bus driver looks perplexed. So do I as I attempt to pay my 1,65? single to Santa Brigida. “Santa BriG-ida”, I enunciate slowly. Embarrassingly, despite living here nine years, I have to write the name down. “Ah, Santa BriHee-da,” he reads out ... Fri, 24 May 2013 07:57:33
Puerto Rico: Gran Canaria’s Little Britain The first time I visited Puerto Rico, I was working, interviewing Dr Paul Beresford-Jones and his wife, nurse Mary. They’d just relocated their British Medical Clinic from Las Palmas to this south-west resort. Despite their old premises lying n... Fri, 17 May 2013 05:40:15