Why Visit Paço de S. Cipriano?

"Paço de S. Cipriano” - reasons for a visit:

Why visit this Manor House? The reasons are linked with the roots of emotion.....

Whilst staying at the Paço you will be able to experience the atmosphere of a true and authentic Portuguese Manor house.

Sensing Tradition

Tradition and old values have been kept through the centuries in the mansion which has been inhabited by the same family since the 15th century ( 1415). You will have the opportunity to know by the inside what a Portuguese Manor House is like: the Family House , which has been classified as “of public interest"; the outstanding Historical Garden; the 18th century Chapel , which is considered as the most beautiful private chapel in Guimarães; the farm land and the woods. You will also see traces of an old Guest-House where in old times the pious travellers on their way to Santiago de Compostela could stay and have a rest. Here it is easy to spend some days acquainting yourself with history and tradition. The House holds a magnetic attraction for most visitors.

Breathing the atmosphere

You can walk or cycle through the farm land, following a map of routes specially prepared for you, and behold the local flora and fauna, in particular the typical original woods of the North of the country: the most emblematic trees – live oaks and the holly, which no other Portuguese private property possesses. The ecosystem is carefully preserved and a great ecological and natural diversity can be seen as for example the autochthonous cattle.

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The surroundings

Starting from the Paço de S. Cipriano you can visit the rich patrimony of the town of Guimarães.

The Historical Center of Guimarães has been qualified as Word Heritage by UNESCO and is exceedingly well preserved. Guimarães is where our first King, D . Afonso Henriques, was born and we proudly consider it as the “nest of our nationality”. There you can find The Castle within its walls and the Dukes´ Palace, the second most visited monument in the country. ( 6 km) www.guimaraesturismo.com

The Citânia de Briteiros is the biggest and the best preserved pre Romanic village (called castro in Portuguese ), which also is one of the best in all the Iberian Peninsula. Here it is possible to know how life was in the time before Romanization. (a 12 Km) http://citania.csarmento.uminho.pt

The Hill of Penha is a florestal park where lots of enormous and interestingly different-shaped rocks can be viewed. On its top raises the imposing Sanctuary of Penha. You can reach it by the new Cable car, 7 km distance.
The industry around the town of Guimarães is one of the oldest and the most characteristic in Portugal, there existing routes of industrial. Archaeology that can be followed by the visitors - www.rotanoave.com. In some branches of activity there are factories that are leaders in the sector such as Textile, Leathers and Cutlery.You can´t help visiting them! (from 6 to 15 km ) www.lameirinho.pt; www.camport.pt; www.cutipol.pt
As far as Gastronomy is concerned, you can´t forget the spendid confectioner´s , where they can make the local specialties inspired in the old conventual sweets such as the famous “ Toucinho-do-céu “ and the so called “Tortas de Guimarães”; the splendid typical restaurants are also worth trying.

Starting from the Paço it´s easy to visit the Northern Region of Portugal and the town of PORTO, its capital, rich in History, Patrimony and Natural Beauties.

In Porto, whose Historical Centre is also qualified as World Heritage, you can find the cellars of the world-wide appreciated Port wine. (60 km AE ; 6o min. by train , every 2 hours) www.portoturismo.pt
The National Park Peneda-Gerêz is the first and the biggest natural park in Portugal. (60 km AE) www.geira.pt/pnpg.
The Valley of the River Douro, equally classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is the place where grow the vineyards that produce the Port wine and where
you can also visit the splendid Casa de Mateus, a perfect example of the Portuguese Barroque. (100 km AE ) www.douronet.pt; www.casademateus.com
There still exist other Historical Towns and Villages in Minho, such as Braga with a most interesting Historical Centre and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and Sameiro. (20km AE) www.cm-braga.com.pt/turismo Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima, which is considered the oldest village in Portugal. (50 to 80 km AE) www.rtam.pt
And the seacoast is so near! There are lots of magnificent beaches, specially Vila do Conde and Moledo. ( 50 to 80 km AE ) www.infopraias.com

...and that´s because of all this that you won´t ever forget the PAÇO de S. CIPRIANO...It is really worth visiting.






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