The San Mateo market is one of the best known by residents of Gran Canaria. Here you can discover and purchase a wide variety of fruit and vegetables from the island according to the season. Moreover, here they have yummy souvenirs such as local cheeses, wines and honey. We will let you know below.
San Mateo Market
Below you can check some pictures in order that you can have an idea of what you will find at San Mateo market and town.
Furthermore, you can get to know one of their superfoods as the ‘tuno indio’ or tuno fruit. Here you can also buy other local food as honey, artisan cheeses, aromatic plants, bread, nuts, wines, jam, flowers and other regional products.
It seems that the tuno fruit brings more potassium than the banana or the dates, vitamin E and K, calcium, magnesium and a wide variety of different minerals. You have to taste this fruit! Below you also have an example of an artisan cheese cured with tuno fruit.
Opening hours and tips
The San Mateo Market opens every Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Most of the market stalls are indoor, so that it could be a nice option in case it is a rainy day or even if it is a very hot day. Moreover, please consider that you might not be able to pay with credit card here, so bring some cash with you. Finally, you should know that this market is quite crowded on Sundays. Parking here is a challenge if you do not go early in the morning. We recommend you to get there before 11:30 a.m.
San Mateo village
Once you are here, you can walk around the town on foot and discover the local atmosphere and the most beautiful views and areas. San Mateo is a quite cold area during winter. Let’s say that the temperatures could be between 10 and 16 degrees. So that, we recommend you bringing some winter clothes.
In San Mateo you can also visit a Canarian gofio mill, the essential food for the islanders. In addition, in this same place you can buy it. But what is the gofio? Gofio is a flour made of ground cereals. It can be made from wheat or corn or even from various types of mixed cereals. Normally we take it for breakfast with milk or mixed in the stews. There is also the gofio escaldao that is made by mixing the gofio with the fish or stew broth.
As you may know, the best way to know a place is visiting it by yourself. Have a look at our local guides section and start discovering the real Gran Canaria on your own.