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The goal of this trip was to relax and I found earlier that I had to get away from the worst tourist traps in order to achieve this. On of the cities you can do that in is Sines only 150 km south of Lisboa.
Sines is also the name of the county located at the very centre of South-western Portuguese coast. Sines (the city) is the capital of the municipality is a small town by the sea, where culture is a priority. It is bordering the sea and the countryside and Sines is the hometown of the navigator Vasco da Gama.
Sines is located in one of the most preserved regions of the European coast.
Among all the reasons to come and visit Sines, the quality of its gastronomy is, without question, one of the main reasons. It is difficult to leave dissatisfied from the countless restaurants of the district, many of them adding to the pure pleasure of the food the pleasure of an astounding view over the sea.
The typical cooking of the district is based in fish and shellfish, ingredients always fresh, coming, largely, from the two fish markets in Sines and Porto Covo. Dishes like açorda de marisco (shellfish panada) and feijoada de búzios (a dish of kidney beans with dog whelks) are also examples of the influence of the inland of Alentejo, resulting in an irresistible combination between the flavours of the coast and the plain. The main strength of Sines' gastronomy is in shellfish, in all the shapes - hot dishes, salads, and delicacies. For dessert you must taste the regional "Vasquinhos”, little cakes made of almonds that have the name of the navigator born here.