San Mateo Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View This small town is great for those who enjoy walking and hiking and is an ideal base in which to explore the area.

Situated inland to the north of the island, San Mateo is the ideal destination for those seeking a quiet and relaxing holiday. This small town is great for those who enjoy walking and hiking and is an ideal base in which to explore the area.

The town comes alive at the weekends with its famous market of arts and crafts and locally grown produce attracting locals and visitors alike. One of the main attractions in the town is the church and its 17th century statue of the patron saint, San Mateo. There is also a agricultural and farming museum which is also worth a visit.

For those who wish to explore the island the capital, Las Palmas Gran Canaria is approx 25 km away.

San Mateo is situated approx 31 km from the airport.


Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider For me San Mateo is the one rural get-away that's got it all.

...pavement terraces of the cafeterias give this mountain town a real Bohemian atmosphere...

For a writer's retreat San Mateo would be my first choice of hideout. It's about as close to perfect as it's possible to get. No distracting beaches or inviting pools to drag an author away from the blank pages and an over abundance of high-altitude fresh air ideal for stimulating stagnant brain cells.

The pavement terraces of the cafeterias give this mountain town a real Bohemian atmosphere and seem to be an integral part of the social structure. For such a small place there's plenty of them to choose from.

El Mercado, next to the market entrance, is always buzzing with locals. The food is cheap and the waiter's bi-lingual. I love listening to the hubbub of voices putting the world to rights over chocolate and churros. A Canarian breakfast delicacy, churros are similar to a doughnut only better when dipped in the thicker than normal type of drinking chocolate they're served with.

Buffet Mallow serves Sancocho Canario at the weekends which is a real hearty soup-style treat in the winter, though its a bit too heavy and warming in the summer. You might fancy trying it when there's an autumn chill in the air. Top it off with a sprinkling of Gofio, ground maize flour, to be really authentic.

Food-wise, you won't go short in San Mateo. There are restaurants on every street serving all-types of food. In the middle of this mountain retreat there's even a Chinese, called Feliz Dia, with reasonable prices and very good food.

If you're on a do-it yourself and are cooking in, the Spar supermarket is huge, well-stocked and with exceptionally cheap prices compared to their southern counterparts. Don't forget the market for all your fresh, locally grown fruit and veg. What could be better than Canarian potatoes and bananas straight from the farm?

One of my favourite features of this town are the houses with slanted, tiled roofs and the chimneys. Not much of a novelty for a holiday-making Brit, but nice to see when you've lived in the south for twenty years and need to show the kids just exactly what it is Santa comes climbing down at Christmas.

San Mateo has everything apart from a drivable road to get in and out of it. Which goes in its favour for detaining the escape of those suffering from the dreaded writer's block. It's easier to think of something to scribe than drive down through twists and turns until inspiration strikes.

For me San Mateo is the one rural get-away that's got it all. Maybe it's time I thought about writing another book!
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