Lagos via Sines 37:06:62N 08:40:49W
We had a very pleasant coupe of nights and a day in Sines. As a town it would not win any architectural prizes, but it does have an ancient fort and the beach area adjacent to the small marina is delightful. All the more so as it is a mini oasis, in amongst the oil refinery, container port and the fishing quay. Talking of which, we decided to go in search of a traditional Portuguese restaurant and see if we could get some grilled Sardines for lunch. Well we hit the jack pot! Just near to the main square, adjacent to the primary car park for “down town” Sines we happened upon an unremarkable looking restaurant. What drew us in was the delicious smell of sardines being cooked on a charcoal grill. So we ventured into what can only be described as a very lively, packed, family run restaurant. We had a plate of nine large (9 inch long) sardines each, with a simple olive oil based salad, and boiled potatoes, accompanied by a yummy bottle of house wine. We made it very clear to the waiter how much we had enjoyed this meal. So as a reward, the lady of the house gave us a free pudding. This was Portuguese style treacle tart. We were a little nervous about this at first , but it turned out to be a tasty surprise!!
The following morning, we arose at 0500 to grey skies, no
wind and the prospect of another long day, motoring the 80 nm to
Onwards and up wards…………………………