Mr Gran Canaria Local
Hi, I’m Matthew Hirtes. I didn’t see myself as a travel writer until an in-flight mag sent me to the La Geria wine region in Lanzarote. Despite the same title having run a GC surfing article of mine. That fitted in with a past life of a sports journo, as deputy ed of the Official Chelsea mag. And so the seeds of Gran Canaria Local were sown.
At first, I was a sad expat, missing the southern comfort of the resorts by being in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where we still live. The first year I was a house hubby, looking after our then youngest son Alex. He’d been diagnosed with leukaemia at eight months old. Then when Alex began nursery, I started to write about my GC exploits.
The birth of Gran Canaria Local
I use my GC base to my advantage. As well as covering the surf of the Atlantic and the turf of La Geria, I’ve narrated hotel stays and trips to out-of-the-way beaches. And after the release of my sleeper hit of a travel-guide-meets-expat-bible Going Local in Gran Canaria, Radio 4 got in touch. Could John McCarthy interview me? As well as showing him a different Gran Canaria, I helped him to meet other Canarian characters.
My name could be Earl
Gran Canaria Local offers, amongst many, many other things, a pictorial introduction to my Gran Canaria. Brace yourself for a long-running series of Matthew Hirtes’ Random Photos of Gran Canaria. With even more entries than Earl Hickey‘s infamous list.
Call me maybe, email me definitely
To get in touch, drop us a line at grancanarialocal [AT] gmail [DOT] com. We love to help out with any queries. Also, travel editors can reach me here.