Start planning a getaway to inland province of Castellón and get ready to be blown away by the beautiful historic sites concentrated in one small town.
Sant Mateu is a picturesque Medieval town surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. The perfect destination for a getaway full of historic sites and beautiful views.
What to see in Sant Mateu
The best place to start your exploration of the town is in the historic centre, a beautiful collection of predominantly Medieval buildings and sites. As you wander idly around, keep your eyes open for the horno medieval, the community oven, Palacio Borrull, Callejón de los Judíos, Palacio de la Cort Nova, Plaza Mayor and Fuente del Ángel.
Before too long you will find yourself standing in front of the great Archpriest church with its octagonal bell tower and glittering collection of gold pieces dating back to the Medieval period. You should also take the time to visit the remains of the 14th century town walls and visit Les Presons, the Medieval dungeons.
If you fancy seeing some more religious sites, you could make your way to Les Llàstimes bell tower, Convento de las Monjas church and San Pedro, a church that has undergone various reforms since the 13th century. Torre Cantacorbs is one of the old gates into the walled town and Palacio de Villores is a Medieval building with a spectacular Renaissance façade.
Keen walkers will be pleased to hear that Sant Mateu is a great trailhead for a number of routes. Follow trails to La Mare de Déu dels Àngels chapel, Sant Cristòfol chapel and Molí Vell, and enjoy the pretty scenery of Racó del Frare.
Sant Mateu is a great gastronomic destination. The recipe for its dulces de almendras, an almond dessert, has changed very little since Medieval times and is a great way to end a meal. You should also try the tasty olive oil, olleta de Sant Mateu stew, meat, rice dishes and cheeses.
Like many destinations in the Region of Valencia, Sant Mateu hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. Fiestas de Sant Antoni, Holy Week and Fiestas de Sant Mateu in August are all excellent excuses for a visit. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your getaway today.
Visit the town of Sant Mateu during Feria Medieval for a special weekend away. You’ll love everything that’s in store for you.