Castelo de Paiva
With a very rich history, proven by its heritage, the Castelo de Paiva origins date back to the Roman period, detected by the presence of funeral moments like the call Pia Moorish, Spanish-Roman tomb in Curvite.
In the Middle Ages, Castelo de Paiva belonged to the territory of Anégia, but only in the eleventh century and the reconquest, the region began to shape his true identity, recognized only as “Paiva” in 1850 changed its name to Castelo de Paiva as the earliest minutes of the municipal file.
Noteworthy are the Pacos Gondim, where he lived Martim de Bulhões, who married Maria Teresa Taveira, the Church of the Benedictine Monastery, currently there are no traces, and this union was born Ferdinand Bulhões, later Saint Anthony of Lisbon. At the end of the descendants of Bulhões line, Martinho Pinto de Miranda Montenegro Vasconcelos Bulhões, civil governor and first Castelo de Paiva Conde, whose actions have benefited all the Castelo de Paiva region. In the traditions, intellect and memory of all paivenses is all benevolence that Martin Pinto de Miranda Montenegro Vasconcelos Bulhões held.
Comprising a set of secular buildings with a great cultural and architectural value, the Castelo de Paiva Historic Centre, highlighting the Town Hall, the Parish Church, the Fountain and the chain building, which currently houses the on groundfloor floor the Tourist Office and a promotion room Castelo de Paiva products already on the top floor is the Local Culture Interpretation Centre, which houses temporary exhibitions, business and cultural events. In the heart of the historic center is the statue of Dom Martinho Pinto Lencastre de Bouillon, first count of Castelo de Paiva.
In Castelo de Paiva region also extols Mount St. Dominic, with its natural viewpoint, full of deep valleys, where the rivers Arda and Douro draw your way up in March Also a favorite spot for a picnic, this mount is available several tables and benches, grassy and wooded areas, so that the family moments become perfect.