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Town of Sines

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View from castelo de Sines, to the beach and the port. Statue of the sailor, Vasco da Gama.
Sines is a portuguese coastal municipality, and an old fishing village until 1970s, when she became an important industrial center and a large deep-water port.
The coast of Sines have some of the most beautiful small beaches of Portugal.

Vasco da Gama was a great portuguese explorer, and was born in Sines. In the fifteenth century, Vasco da Gama led a fleet of four small ships, from Lisbon to India and proves the possibility of navigate until India.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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