Ameias (battlements) do Castelo de Sines
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Ameias (battlements) do Castelo de Sines

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Fotografia panorâmica a partir das ameias do castelo de Sines. Podemos ver a bela baía de Sines, a praia Vasco da Gama, o Porto de Sines, o porto de pesca e a vila.

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A: Castelo de Sines

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B: Caravan at Portugal beach

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C: Enjoying the summer sunset

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Enjoying the summer sunset

D: Sunset over the sea

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E: Porto Covo Beach

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F: Porto covo

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G: Ilha do pessegueiro ll

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H: Ilha do Pessegueiro lll

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I: Ilha do Pessegueiro

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J: Ilha do Pessegueiro lV

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