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.
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
Cactualdea: the perfect pit stop I’m a man, not a machine. But when I’m hiking, I need a break every now and again. So that’s how I found myself in Cactualdea which, located off Tocodoman’s Carretera del Hoya, prompts many a vehicle to leave this main road otherwise known as... Wed, 08 May 2013 18:34:24
In my beautiful neighbourhood The other day I ran into a fellow expat. She asked me where I lived in the city and I replied, “Arenales”. The look I got in return was blanker than the cheque Jose Mourinho’s rumoured to be receiving on his expected return to manage Chelsea FC. Arena... Wed, 01 May 2013 15:05:23
Puerto de Mogan
The last resort West of Puerto de Mogan, there isn’t another holiday spot. It’s the end of the line. A line which starts 35 minutes by car i.e 34km to the east; in one of Gran Canaria’s original resorts, San Agustin. One that has only existed since 1988, the date when Puerto de Mo... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:11:04
Jardin de la Marquesa Global trotting Another Friday, another date with Global buses at San Telmo. This time I know where I’m going: Arucas’ Jardin de la Marquesa on the 206 via Bañaderos. Except the 206 I get on insists I’m off to Ba?aderos, clearly the bus’ computer system is English, and makes ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:36:55