Surroundings of Sant Mateu

Visiting la Tinença de Benifassà Nature Reserve and enjoying its picturesque villages and its magnificient landscapes either travelling around the mountain roads by car or walking through the paths which cross it. Going on Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there is the chance to visit the Santa Maria de Benifassà Monastery. (42 Km from Sant Mateu to Ulldecona Reservoir and 52 Km to Pobla de Benifassà).

In els Ports region, visiting Morella and travelling around its wonderful collection of historical monuments. From Morella, we can complete our trip walking around the streets of Forcall and Mirambel (the latter in Teruel province) or visiting La Virgen de la Balma Sanctuary in Zorita. (40 Km from Sant Mateu to Morella, 50 Km to Forcall, 65 Km to Mirambel and 60 Km to La Balma Sanctuary).

Enjoying the visit to small towns in Alt Maestrat and els Ports region, such as Catí, Benassal, Culla, Ares and Villafranca del Cid. In the surrounding area, in the province of Teruel, we can depart for la Iglesuela del Cid and Cantavieja. (23 Km from Sant Mateu to Catí, 45 Km to Benassal, 55 Km to Culla, 53 Km to Ares, 65 Km to Villafranca del Cid, 74 Km to la Iglesuela del Cid and 83 Km to Cantavieja).

Enjoying the Maestrat Mining Museum facilities visiting the Victoria-Esperanza Mine located in the municipal area of Culla and la Torre d’en Besora. Open: from March to December on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. It is obligatory to book the tickets. More information and ticket booking: Tel. 651 177 071 or www.parcminerdelmaestrat.es (46 Km from Sant Mateu).

Discovering and knowing about the cave paintings of this region, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, visiting La Valltorta Museum in Tírig and the Remigia Cave in the municipal area of Ares del Maestre. (14 Km from Sant Mateu to La Valltorta Museum and 45 Km to the Remigia Cave – La Montalbana Farmhouse.

LA VALLTORTA MUSEUM (Tírig) (Tel. 964 336 010). Museum Timetable: from Tuesday to Sunday, from October to April: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. From May to September: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday: Guided tours to the caves: Mas d’en Josep: 10 a.m., Cova dels Cavalls: 12 a.m. and Cova del Civil: 4:30 p.m. (from October to April) and 6 p.m. (from May to September). 25th December, 1st and 6th January closed. La Valltorta Museum: free. Guided tours to the caves: free.

Remigia cave (Ares del Maestre): Tour starts from La Montalbana Farmhouse. Timetable: saturday and sunday, 11.30 h a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

Close to Sant Mateu, in the Baix Maestrat region, we cannot forget to visit the Virgen de la Fuente de la Salud Sanctuary in Traiguera, and to walk around the city centre and admire the ruins of the castle in Cervera del Maestre and in Peñíscola, a seaside city, admire its picturesque city centre and visit the Templar castle. (12 Km from Sant Mateu to Cervera del Maestre, 16 Km to Traiguera and 39 Km to Peñíscola).

In the south of the province, we can visit Vilafamés, Onda, Saint Joseph’s Underground River located in la Vall d’Uixó and the monumental city of Segorbe. (53 Km from Sant Mateu to Vilafamés, 78 Km to Onda, 93 Km to la Vall d’Uixó and 121 Km to Segorbe)

In the neighbouring province of Tarragona we can know about the extraordinary historical and artistic heritage in the episcopal city of Tortosa. In addition, we can go to Delta de l’Ebre from Amposta or Deltebre, enjoy a sea walk by boat and comtemplate the wealth and variety of flora, fauna and landscapes in this very important Nature Reserve. (60 Km from Sant Mateu to Tortosa and 78 Km to Deltebre).