Vega de San Mateo is an interior town which makes it colder and wetter than the coastal areas. Make sure you bring a jumper as it can get quite chilly.
Here you will have to visit its Church on Calle Principal and
the more lively street of La Caldereta.
If like BBQ's and picnics you can buy some food in the farmers market and...
...head to one of its 3 recreational areas. In one of these you can
even go on a horse riding excursion.
In the town centre (on Calle Principal or Main Street) you will find the Church of San Mateo. And right around the Town Hall you will get to La Caldereta Street. If you walk down this traditional street you get to lovely viewpoint.
This area of La Caldereta is one of the most popular and lively places in San Mateo. Here you can appreciate traditional Canarian architecture.
If you want to learn more about the Canarian lifestyle in the past
you should visit the Ethnographical Museum Cantonera. It's a
300 year old farmhouse-museum!
Photo by Pepelopex
And if you are planning to come on the weekend you cannot miss its bustling farmers market as it one of the most popular on the island.
There are also a number of viewpoints we heavily recommend you drive up to. You can visit: Mirador de la Cruz which overlooks San Mateo, Mirador de la Montaña Cabrejas with views of Guiniguada Ravine and Las Palmas and finally Mirador de Los Pechos where you will be able to see the north, the south and Tenerife on a clear day!
San Mateo is known for its recreational areas. They are ideal for having family picnics and bbq's. There are 3 areas we especially enjoy going to
1. La Lechucilla and El Calero
If you like bbq's you can just pick-up some local products in San Mateo and come here. This picnic area (surrounded by old chestnut trees) is about 4km from the town itself. To get here just drive from the town centre down the GC-41, as if you were driving towards Valleseco and you will find it on the way.
2. Llanos de Ana Lopez
This is another of our favorite places as its got good bbq facilities. To get here from the town centre drive up the GC-15 to Cruz de Tejeda. Once here take the GC-150 towards Pico de las Nieves and it's about 5km away.
3. Montaña Cabreja Horse Riding Centre
On top of a nice picnic area here you can go on a number of horse riding excursions around this lush area. Remember this area is much wetter and greener that what you will see around the coastal area. It really is like being in two totally different continent.
On Saturday's and Sunday's you don't have to make bookings to go on
one of these excursions which last from 1 to 6 hours. To get here drive
up the GC-15 from Artenara toward Cruz de Tejeda. Then take the GC-154
towards Montaña Cabreja.
From Las Palmas take the northern motorway (GC-2) and then the GC-15. This road also takes you to Tejeda.
The 303 bus leaves every 30 minutes from Las Palmas. From the South of Gran Canaria you want to get to Telde first and then take the 13 bus. It leaves every 45 minutes from Telde.
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