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Property in San MateoVineyards and red earth
This charming miniature village in the north-west of the island has been linked to wine cultivation since ancient times. Grape vines flourish in the fertile red farmland surrounding the village. Today a handful of vineyards have settled near San Mateo, producing a variety of good wines. In December the village holds a wine festival, inviting hundreds of visitors to sample the island’s typical wines and cured meats, and to celebrate and dance to live music.
San Mateo, a place to relax and enjoy yourself
The village itself consists of the whitewashed church, built for the devout in the 18th century, the obligatory bars, and a handful of houses. Particularly popular with both locals and foreign residents is the restaurant Can Cires, where you can accompany delicious quiches, fresh salads and other international delights with a fine wine. Just a few kilometres from the town centre is the spectacular Cala Aubarca, a protected nature reserve with steep, impressive cliffs and a wild, archaic, untouched feel. To date, this area has been kept free from excessive development. If you don’t mind dealing with the rough descent – and in summer, the extremely sweaty climb back up again – you will enjoy a secluded beach experience in a romantic cove. The views of the sea and the uninterrupted horizon are unique.