Sines is a lovely little Portuguese coastal town situated between Lisbon and Sagres. It is the perfect place for a short stop or overnight stay when heading south to the lovely beaches of the Algarve or north going back to the capital. Sines is part of the district of Setúbal in the beautiful Portuguese region of Alentejo. What was once only a small fishing village, has become since the 70’s one of biggest sea port on this side of the Atlantic, dominated by various oil refinery and other industrial businesses. It has however still plenty to offer in cultural attractions, with a long history dating back to the Roman times when it was called Sinus. Sines is also famous for being the birth home of one of the greatest Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama, which helped Portugal establish trade routes with India.
Top Sines Attractions
The following are the top 5 key attractions in Sines.
- Sines ancient centre
- Castle of Sines
- Matriz Church of Sines
- Vasco da Gama statue
- Sines old quarter
Sines ancient centre
The ancient centre of Sines is where all the major sites are located including the Matriz Church and the Castle. It sits on a cliff, offering spectacular views of the small sandy bay and the sea.
Castle of Sines
The Castle of Sines was originally built in 1362 to protect the town inhabitants of the pirates. It is said that Vasco da Gama father was the alcalde mayor, responsible for the administrative running of the castle.
Matriz Church of Sines
The Matriz of Sines is a charming little Church with a beautiful front façade located next to the castle. It is known for being the place where Vasco da Gama was christened.
Vasco da Gama statue
In between the Church and the Castle, lies the statue of Vasco da Gama, one of Portugal greatest explorer and perhaps the best known citizen of Sines.
Sines old quarter
The old quarter of Sines, with its narrow streets and older architecture, is the perfect place to wander about and get lost.
The following are some of the best rated 3 and 4 stars hotels in Sines.
Hotel Apartamento Sinerama
Rua Marquês De Pombal, Nº 110, Sines, Sines, Portugal 7520-227 – 3 Stars
Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 105 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. Guests will find non smoking rooms, satellite/cable TV, kitchenette, bathtub waiting in each room. This excellent hotel in Sines also has bar/pub, shops, 24hr room service. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including water sports (non-motorized). With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hotel Apartamento Sinerama.
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Hotel Dom Vasco
Parque 13, Sines, Sines, Portugal 7520 – 4 Stars
All rooms have hair dryer, non smoking rooms, internet access (wireless), air conditioning as well as other amenities. In addition, this property in Sines has restaurant, Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service/dry cleaning, room service. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as kids club, outdoor pool at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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