Sant Mateu a rural village, unspoilt yet providing all the amenities if you choose not to leave the village. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Situated 20 minutes inland the apartments are named after the surrounding Olive Groves. The old town seamlessly integrates with the new builds of our time, projecting charm, modernisation and prosperity without losing any of its character. Surrounded with mountain views at a full 360 degrees, the fresh air will guarantee you the best nights sleep.
Restaurants and bars are in abundance for a village so small. You could dine in a different restaurant every night of your stay as each has its own speciality. El Portal has an outside BBQ and offers a children’s menu and play area. For an evening drink we recommend El Cubano, Ka Nostra or La Plaça Dolça in the plaza. For the more adventurous diner try Farga a beautiful walk up the mountain, (you may need to book).
5 minutes stroll from the properties hidden behind a white wall is an oasis. Once inside there’s a full length pool for the advanced swimmer and paddling pool for young children, both pools are surrounded by grass. If lazing by the pool taking in some sun is more you, then the (limited) reclining pool side chairs are available for free. Cold and hot snacks are also on sale. Daily tariff for the pool is €1/2.
Sant Mateu hosts a small market on Thursday mornings opposite L Hostel de Cabrit, selling, clothes, fruits, vegetables, plants and toys. A bigger market is also held on Thursday mornings in Vinaros opposite the beach in El Fortí.
Take in a slow walk to the Ermita de la Virgen de los Ángeles and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views for miles around. Pause for a moment in the monumental historical church, then pop next door for refreshments or a meal in the family run Farga Restaurant. Retaining as much history as possible with the restoration Farga Restaurant is a definite treat. A meal including wine and coffee from €25.
Places Of Interest
Morella pronounced Moraya 1hour drive further up the mountain from Sant Mateu by car or local bus. A very pretty village proudly displaying its history.
Saltapins is an adventure park offering zip wire and rope ladder walks through a canopy of pine trees in an assault course set in forestry. End the day with a picnic. For more info: www.saltapins.com. Prices ranges between €9 and €20.
Heading in the opposite direction back down the mountain towards Vinaros you can take your pick of beaches to visit. El Forti in Vinaros is the nearest. Heading south 10 minutes away is Benicarlo head further south will lead you to Peniscola, Alcocebrre, Torreblanca, and Benicasm 40 minutes drive away. Head north Alcala de Xivert and Castellon de la Plana and many more leading up to Barcelona.
Peniscola is a must on the list for a beach day, great place by day and night in the summer months.
There is also karting in Vinaros for adults and children. Drive to Hyper Simply and follow the signs €7 for children €10 for adults
Panoramica Golf Course was designed by Bernard Langer and opened in 1995. It is a 72-par championship course. The Spanish Ladies Open will be held here again.
Whether your up with the sunrise or dining with the sun setting each day and night can bring a new experience but remember this is not Benidorm, many businesses including the local Spar supermarket Spar close for siesta from 1:30pm till 4pm. Banking hours 9-2pm. There are atm's in Sant Mateu and other key places.
Fiesta’s in Sant Mateu run throughout the year, the largest is 19th-30th August this one also hosts the Bull Run. Not to everyone’s taste but there are lots of other entertainment during this time reflecting traditional Spanish values such as pageants and concerts,programmes on sale at the Tourist Information Office.
Visit the Sant Mateu tourist office for more information CALLE HISTORIADOR BETÍ,1312170