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Visit Salvador

This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

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.

Where to stay in Salvador

What an amazing sunset over the Atlantic Ocean in Salvador Bahia 🇧🇷🌴

Rio Vermelho

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Unique features of Rio Vermelho include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Paciencia Beach or Salvador Zoo while you're exploring the area.

Rio Vermelho
Evening view of Church of St. Lazarus (Igreja de São Lázaro e São Roque). Construction completed ca. 1734. The church originally served a lazar house, or quarantined place for people with Hansen's disease

Ondina

3/5(1 area review)

Ondina is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Salvador Zoo and Ondina Beach.

Ondina
Farol da Barra Beach which includes a sunset, general coastal views and a coastal town

Barra

4/5Very Good!(21 area reviews)

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.

Barra
A man fishing in Itapuã,

#waterlust.

Itapua

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

Unique features of Itapua include the beaches and gardens. Make a stop by Itapua Beach or Itapua Lighthouse while you're exploring the area.

Itapua
Pelourinho which includes street scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral

Pelourinho

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area reviews)

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

Pelourinho
Beautiful beach near Salvador airport. #waterlust #bahia #brazil

Vilas do Atlantico

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Vilas do Atlantico. You might want to make time for a stop at Villas Boulevard Shopping Mall or Buraquinho Beach.

Vilas do Atlantico

Top Hotels in Salvador

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho
Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho
3 out of 5
Rua Fonte Do Boi 215, Salvador, BA
¥4,410
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Nestled on the beach, this Rio Vermelho hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Buracao Beach and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Farol da Barra Beach. Paciencia Beach and Amaralina ...

4/5Very Good! (480 reviews)

"The surroundings are nice, very good choice of restaurants, nice evening life especially during the WEs. Internet is bit weak from time to time"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho
ibis Salvador Airport
ibis Salvador Airport
2.5 out of 5
1a Travessa Luiz Viana Filho 13145, Salvador, BA
¥4,882
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

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! (411 reviews)
Super bom.

"Foi ótimo. Só o processo de check-in que demorou 30 minutos, mas estavam um grupo de jogadores juntos e dois atendentes, sendo um deles novato, então não posso ser tão duro. Mas todos muitos simpáticos!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

ibis Salvador Airport
Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rodovia BA 099 KM 56, Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, BA
¥39,677
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

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! (530 reviews)

"The hotel is located at beautiful premises. The staff is very kind. The only suggestions I would make to the hotel are: 1-room service: there is no room service. A lot of guests come with family and children and at least a basic room service (being this an all inclusive hotel, it is a standard I ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive

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.

Flamengo Beach
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Flamengo Beach

Visit this idyllic sun-soaked coastline to swim in pristine waters, spot tropical sea life and explore a nearby ecological reserve. 

Praia do Forte Beach
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Praia do Forte Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Praia do Forte Beach, a popular beach in Mata de Sao Joao. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Mercado Modelo
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Mercado Modelo

Browse hundreds of handicraft and souvenir stalls and then have lunch with impressive views over the Port of Salvador at this century-old marketplace.

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.

Top activities in Salvador

Schooner Island Tour
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Schooner Island Tour

¥4,863

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

¥7,269

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

¥2,378

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.

Praia Do Forte & Guarajuba Beach Day Trip
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Praia Do Forte & Guarajuba Beach Day Trip

¥3,243

We begin our tour leaving from our selected hotels in Salvador to travel toward the north coast of Bahia, where are located some of the most beautiful and charming beaches of Brazil.

Tropical Islands Schooner Ride
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Tropical Islands Schooner Ride

¥3,243

We start with the departure from our selected hotels to participate in an unforgettable tour of the largest, most beautiful and charming Bay in Brazil: the Baía de Todos os Santos. We will sail its calm waters, enjoying the natural landscape, aboard a schooner boat.

Luxury Private Exclusiv Salvador da Bahia SUV City Tour (max 4 pax)
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Luxury Private Exclusiv Salvador da Bahia SUV City Tour (max 4 pax)

¥24,314

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