Get know Sant Mateu

Sant Mateu, historic capital of the Maestrat, is located in the north of the province of Castellón, 65 km away from the capital.

Visiting Sant Mateu is travelling to the Middle Ages, to past-time memories that appear every step we take in its historic-artistic site, declared Site of Cultural Interest by the Generalitat Valenciana in September 2002.

The capital of the Maestrat shone on its own merit during the 14th and 15th centuries in wich the exportation of wool to Florence transformed Sant Mateu into a very important commercial, livestock, artisanal and artistic centre.

This splendour is reflected in the spectacular historic-artistic heritage that we can enjoy when visiting Sant Mateu: enjoying the Archpriestak Church (13th – 15th centuries), majestic as a cathedral; walking through the Main Square and the historical center, full of attractions, and imagining that we bump into a Grand Master of the Order de Montesa and its knights, into the cathar Belibaste, into the Pope Luna, Saint Vicente Ferrer or the “recently – runaway devil from the medieval dungeons”.

Past times representend in monuments, museums and the historical centre are complemented by more than 50 km of approved tracks and by the gastronomy, which settles its attraction power in the products of the land, among wich an outstanding one is the extra virgin olive oil from the millenary olive trees of the native variety “Farga”

Sant Mateu and its inhabitants are waiting for you with open arms. Looking to the future, they feel proud of their past, countersing of their identity as a people.

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