Welcome to San Bartolomé & Around
A couple of kilometres northwest of town, on the Tinajo road, rises the modernistic, white Monumento al Campesino (Peasants’ Monument), erected in 1968 by (surprise, surprise) César Manrique to honour the thankless labour that most islanders had endured for generations. Adjacent stands the Museo del Campesino, which is more a scattering of craft workshops, including weaving and ceramics.
Most people come here to eat at the restaurant – ironic for a monument dedicated to those who habitually endured hunger. The dining room is vast, circular and sunken, complete with tunnel. There is a good wine and rum list and well-prepared local cuisine, accompanied by Canarian music. There's a varied tapas menu, a selection of Canarian stews and some local sweet treats, such as bienmesabe (a gooey, almond-based dessert).
Two kilometres southwest, en route to Yaiza, you'll reach the first of the wineries on this road, Bodegas La Florida. You can taste up to six wines in this beautifully restored farmhouse, dating back 150 years. Vineyard and winery tours (€7 per person including tasting) are also available but should be booked in advance.
Another kilometre further south is the Museo del Vino El Grifo, the oldest winery in the Canary Islands, founded in 1775. There's an interesting museum showcasing old winemaking equipment. Most is from the 19th and 20th centuries, though there are some older pieces. Probably of greater interest is the tasting room where you can sample a range of wines still produced here. Single tasters are €1.50 or choose six samples with a local cheese platter for €6 per person. Bookings are required for tours (€10, including tastings).
Due south, en route to Tías, is Bodegas Vega de Yuco. The terrace here is a lovely spot to sip and admire the landscape and there's a botanical garden to explore once you've sampled the wines.