Things to do

In "La Vega de San Mateo", you will find several protected areas, such as "Camaretas" and "Hoya de Gamonal" that you should definitely visit. Important are also "Los Pozos de las Nieves" (the highest point of the island) and the glen’s route "La Mina" (water runs all year-round through this glen and you can find traces of laurel forest vegetation and of original water mills). In the centre of the town a visit of the agricultural market is a must (here small farmers sale directly their products, but only on Saturdays and Sundays). The local church, the "Molino de gofio" (typical, Canarian corn flour) and the ethnographic museum "Cho Limones" where you can see traditional objects and tools belonging to rural areas, are also worth seeing.



Botanical Garden

The Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden is the largest in Spain and has over 27 hectares for the rich endemic flora of Gran Canaria.

The Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden, founded in 1952, is the largest garden of Spain. In the early fifties the Swedish botanist Eric Ragnor Sventenius proposed building it to the President of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria. The garden is named in honor of José Viera y Clavijo, canary eighteenth century naturalist, friend of the eminent botanist Cavanilles, and pioneer of the science of nature in the archipelago.

The idea was to build a place to showcase all the botanical wealth of the island, and in turn preserve and protect the Canarian endemic flora. It is mainly dedicated to endemic flowers and plants of the seven islands of the Canary archipelago. It is located in the municipality of Tafira Alta.



  • Carretera Central Km 7
  • Tafira Alta 35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Phone 34 928 219 580, fax 34 928 219 581
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Every day from 8:00 to 18:00 (until 18:30 in summer)

Puntos de interés / Point of Interest

Gift Voucher for Hotel Rural Las Calas (minimum 5 days before arrival).

Hotel Rural Las Calas

  • El Arenal, 36
  • San Mateo 35320
  • Gran Canaria, España
  •  +34 928661436
  •  +34 928661736


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