Sines again, again
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After a day where I spent a lot of time on the beach I went in for a walk in Sines. The town has a long history going back to Roman times (then called Sinus) and the castle on the cliff which I keep on walking around goes back to 1362 when they started building commissioned by King Pedro.
Until the early 1970s it was a sheltered fishing village with a long history of commercial relations with cities from the Mediterranean. Its large marina, along a breakwater, is the only marina between Setúbal and the Algarve and attracts many boats.
Every Summer, the town hosts the FMM Sines - Festival Músicas do Mundo; which is a world music festival that brings thousands of enthusiasts and musicians from all continents; this year I managed I managed to get the last weekend of it when I arrived to the city.
Even though the north of the district has an important industrial presence, the town itself preserves plenty of historical landmarks and its privileged location, sitting on a cliff in front of a small bay, provides beautiful views to the Atlantic.
Just in front of the castle and overlooking the sea you will find a statue of Vasco da Gama. Sines is the birthplace of Vasco da Gama, who was born at the castle where his father Estêvão da Gama was the local alcalde. After his return from the voyage to India, Vasco da Gama was given feudal rights over Sines. An just for information; an alcalde was, in the absence of a corregidor, the presiding officer (the municipal council) and judge of first instance of a town.
I just really enjoy walking the city and this day I decided to have a coffee and a cake at the local pastelaria; Pastelaria vela D'Ouro which is a great place to taste Portuguese pastry, a cup of coffee. This is the place where people stop after having been to the beach all day and have their cup of coffee just like me.