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Sines, Portugal

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea.

Sines is one of the exclusive tourist destinations located in Europe. It is a municipality in the district of Setubal of Portugal, with a total area of 203.0 square kilometers and a rapidly growing population of 13,531 inhabitants. It is located at the centre of the Alentejo coast and part of the Saint Vincent and Southwest Alentejo Coast Natural Park.
The total area of the municipality is 202.6 square kilometers and total population is 13,613. The town has a long history going back to Roman times. The castle on the cliff was built after King Pedro had reconquered the city from the Moors in 1362. The town has also a very heterogeneous population, since it received a large amount of refugees from the Portuguese overseas colonies in the late 1970s.
Sines is now rapidly expanding by the presence of a gigantic petrochemical complex and a deep-sea terminal for huge tankers up to 500,000 ton along the seawall, stretching 2.4 kilometers into the sea. Every summer, the town hosts the Festival de Musicas do Mundo, a world music festival that brings thousands of enthusiats and musicians from all continents.

Recent investments attracted by the climate, soil, and altitude combination have transformed the Sines area, making it one of Argolis most important regions. Even though Sines meant the partial loss of its tourist profile due to urbanization, some features of its past times of splendor still remain, with hotels and hostelries that are swarmed by thousands of visitors each year.

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