Experience relaxing Salvador: its beaches, monuments, museums, and more!

Spread over cliffs on Brazil’s central-eastern coastline, Salvador (officially Salvador de Bahía) is a city with a magnificent setting combined with an exciting, energetic atmosphere. Explore a picture-perfect historic center, visit eclectic art galleries, relax at beach suburbs and be part of flamboyant festivals. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador was Brazil’s capital for over 200 years. Today, it’s the spiritual home of the country’s Afro-Brazilian culture.

Start your visit in the UNESCO-protected Historic Center, which is laden with colorful colonial mansions and African and Amerindian-influenced architecture. At its heart is Pelourinho, a district dominated by 17th- and 18th-century churches. Among these are Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People and São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador.

Admire the Cathedral of Salvador, browse artisan stalls and watch capoeira performers at the architecturally impressive Terreiro de Jesus square. Find over 200 handicraft shops and sample typical Bahía cuisine, such as acarajé (spiced beans deep fried in palm oil), at Mercado Modelo.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice at Salvador’s galleries and museums. Make time for the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Sacred Art and Museum of Street Art of Salvador. Learn about Brazil’s close ties with African traditions at the Afro-Brazilian Museum.

Miles of beautiful beaches run around the coastline. Much of this is connected by a waterfront promenade. Popular spots include Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach in the neighborhood of Barra, where you’ll find a busy nightlife scene. Catch a boat to the tropical islands of Ilha de Itaparica and Ilha dos Frades.

Be sure to spend some time in the city’s parks. Parque Costa Azul and Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu are just a 30-minute drive from the city center. Attend a soccer match or concert at Fonte Nova Stadium.

Reach Salvador by flying to Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Get around Salvador’s Historic Center on foot and use the metro and public buses to access areas outside of here. Consistently mild temperatures make Salvador a year-round destination. Come in early December for the National Samba Day and stay until February or March for the extravagant Salvador Carnival.

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Beaches, Live Music and Museums

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Where to stay in Salvador

Barra
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Barra

Beaches, Dancing, Live Music

Barra is popular for its beaches, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Farol da Barra Beach or Hill of Christ.

Pelourinho
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Pelourinho

Museums, Monuments, Historical Buildings

The soul of Salvador’s Historic Center is a vibrant district of cobblestone streets framed by ancient churches, colonial mansions, museums and cultural centers.

Flamengo
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Flamengo

Beaches, Swimming, Recreation

Unique features of Flamengo include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Flamengo Beach or Parque das Dunas while you're exploring the area.

Comercio
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Comercio

Marinas, Monuments, Sea

You'll enjoy the museums and monuments in Comercio. You might want to make time for a stop at Mercado Modelo or All Saints Bay.

Top Hotels in Salvador

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ibis Salvador Airport
2.5 out of 5
1a Travessa Luiz Viana Filho 13145, Salvador, BA
¥4,064/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4/5Very Good! (378 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Agricultural Exhibition Park of Salvador and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Itapua Beach. Parque das Dunas ...

4/5Very Good! (378 reviews)

"Great hotel great place nice clean and safe close to the airport guys so friendly and so great time there"…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

ibis Salvador Airport
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Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rodovia BA 099 KM 56, Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, BA
¥26,592/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.5/5Wonderful! (507 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park, Papa-Gente Beach, and Humpback ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (507 reviews)

"I freaking love this hotel! My wife and I are still raving about it and telling all our friends about how they need to visit! We can’t wait to come back! The food was wonderful, the beach was gorgeous, the rooms were confortável and clean! Adorei muito! Entertainment at night and the staff is so ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
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Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho
3 out of 5
Rua Fonte Do Boi 215, Salvador, BA
¥3,297/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4/5Very Good! (447 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Rio Vermelho hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Buracao Beach, Hill of Christ, and Farol da Barra Beach. Paciencia Beach and Amaralina ...

4/5Very Good! (447 reviews)

"I would have wanted a hot pot in the room to make a cup of tea."…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho

Popular things to do in Salvador

Farol da Barra Beach
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Farol da Barra Beach

Swim in refreshing water, visit an historic lighthouse, try water sports and admire the magnificent sunsets at this popular urban beach.

Porto da Barra Beach
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Porto da Barra Beach

Soak up the year-round sun, marvel at glorious sunsets, people watch and visit ancient landmarks at this busy city beach, which overlooks the Bay of All Saints.

Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
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Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

Discover curious Brazilian traditions and experience colorful religious celebrations at this famous church set on a hilltop in the Bonfim neighborhood.

Fonte Nova Stadium
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Fonte Nova Stadium

Attend soccer matches, watch sellout performances by world-famous musicians and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at this 50,000-plus capacity arena.

São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador
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São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador

With gold leaf artwork and decorative azulejo tile murals, the lavishness of this church-convent complex’s décor is in stark contrast to the humbleness of the saint to which the church is dedicated.

Museum of Modern Art of Bahia
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Museum of Modern Art of Bahia

Examine works by world-famous painters, enjoy open-air jazz performances and gaze in awe at striking sunsets when visiting this picturesque museum complex.

Top activities in Salvador

Schooner Island Tour
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Schooner Island Tour

¥5,212

Hop on a schooner to explore the Bay of All Saints, and get a chance to discover the appeal of this popular getaway for Salvador's inhabitants. Go for a swim in the warm waters at Ilha dos Frades before cruising off to the famous island of Itaparica.

Tour To Morro De São Paulo
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Tour To Morro De São Paulo

¥9,042

Morro de São Paulo is one of the main tourist regions in the state of Bahia. The great demand of visitors can be credited to clean sands and warm waters, or perhaps to the presence of mangroves and abundance of Atlantic forest.

Panoramic City Tour
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Panoramic City Tour

¥2,979

The tour begins with the departure from the selected hotels to start visiting some of the most important points of the city of Salvador. Our tour will start at Farol da Barra where we will stop for photos.

Mangue Seco Day Trip: Boat Ride, Sand Dunes and Swimming
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Mangue Seco Day Trip: Boat Ride, Sand Dunes and Swimming

¥8,404

Journey to Mangue Seco, a tiny fisherman village of 200 inhabitants, famous for its natural beauty and deserted strips of sand. Cross a river in a canoe, ride over sand dunes in an off-road buggy, and grab a siesta in a hammock to finish off your tour of one Bahia’s most scenic areas.

Bahia by Night Dinner Show
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Bahia by Night Dinner Show

¥9,893

Lose yourself in a night of magic, mystery, and amusement in Bahia with a show that highlights Brazil's traditional culture and entertainment. Relish a dinner with some of the region's main specialties, and admire the performances with folk elements exploring the country's Afro-Brazilian roots.

Panoramic Tour of Salvador
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Panoramic Tour of Salvador

¥3,617

Discover Salvador’s highlights on this comprehensive tour to the city’s most important landmarks. Soak up the best panoramic views as you visit historical monuments, a market, and the local soccer stadium.

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