Why Visit Paço
de S. Cipriano?
"Paço de S. Cipriano” - reasons for
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.
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.
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.
here to see the Opinions of those who have visited
Starting from the Paço de S. Cipriano
you can visit the rich patrimony of the town of
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
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;
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
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
you can also visit the splendid Casa de Mateus,
a perfect example of the Portuguese Barroque.
(100 km AE ) www.douronet.pt;
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)
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.