Considering moving to Gran Canaria? In the second of a new series, we meet natives and those who have gone local like us. The latest occupant of our hotseat’s Sara Lang.
Mr Gran Canaria Local and family have been living on the island since 2004. Since then they’ve met many other Gran Canaria residents both new and rather more established. Including another Brit who’s made her home here on the island in Sara Lang.
1. ¡Hola, Sara! Where are you based on Gran Canaria and what attracted you to this particular area?
I came to the island 11 years ago on holiday and thought: “This is where I want to grow old”. Two years ago, I returned to have a look where to relocate. I stayed in Puerto Rico at first but was lucky enough to find a duplex in Maspalomas within two days, which I took. The whole of GC, which I enjoy exploring, is “my island in the sun” but I feel most settled living within walking distance of the famous dunes.
2. What tips would you give people relocating to the island?
I would say prove you can be self-sufficient at least for a while. Health insurance is also important, and transport if you are thinking of living in the rural areas. I would also recommend at least trying to learn Spanish (as I am with mixed results!)
3. If you were to liken Gran Canaria to an ice cream, which one would you compare it to and why?
I’m not generally a fan of ice-cream, but I would say the “rocket lolly” as Gran Canaria’s heaven on a stick!
4. What are some of your favourite island hobbies?
I enjoy walking in the hilly interior of the island where you get the most spectacular views, and taking boat trips along the south-west coast to Anfi and Puerto de Mogán.
5. Finally, Sara, what do you do workwise on Gran Canaria?
I don’t work nine to five as I am retired, but my passion is writing and I’ve enjoyed penning articles about my new life in the sun for a village publication back in the UK. Also, I’m a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language, so might like to take that up again on a part-time basis at some stage.
Are you a GC native? Or have you gone local on the island like us? If so and you’d like to take part in this series, drop us a line.