Gate to the Ocean.
Sines is a Portuguese city of Setúbal District, the Alentejo region and subregion of the Alentejo coast, with about 14 000 inhabitants. It is the largest and the first port area of Portugal and the birthplace of fifteenth-century explorer Vasco da Gama.
Besides the port, Sines also has a small marina although yachts can anchor off the beach which is protected by numerous breakwaters.
However, until the 1970’s Sines was just a small Alentejo fishing village and there are still traces of this heritage in what is a reasonably pleasant town centre. The location is quite pleasant too, sitting on a cliff overlooking a small sandy bay.
The town’s history dates back to Roman times when it was called Sinus. Over the years it established good trading relations with some of the Mediterranean nations and thrived. The towns crowning glory came in 1460 (or 1469) when Portugal’s legendary explorer Vasco da Gama was born in the castle here. He went on to establish trade routes between Portugal and India. The only trace of da Gama in Sines these days is a statue in front of the Parish church.
Sines invites you to experience the best that the sea has to offer, wonderful seafood gastronomy, wonderful boat trips, daring water sports, quiet walks along the sandy beaches and an incredible story that shaped the world.
Good to Know
Distance to Lisbon (by boat)
66 nautical miles
Time from Lisbon (engine boat)
up to 5 hour
Time from Lisbon (sailing boat)
8 to 13 hours
Spots we recommend
Do not miss
Definitively to spend few days on one of our sailing boats, under anchor at the Sines bay. Enjoy the sun and the cleat waters. At the evening, a walk from the bottom to the top of the village during the sunset and a meal of really fresh fish from locals.