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.
Beaches, Live Music and Museums
Swim in refreshing water, visit an historic lighthouse, try water sports and admire the magnificent sunsets at this popular urban 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.
Discover curious Brazilian traditions and experience colorful religious celebrations at this famous church set on a hilltop in the Bonfim neighborhood.
Attend soccer matches, watch sellout performances by world-famous musicians and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at this 50,000-plus capacity arena.
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.
Examine works by world-famous painters, enjoy open-air jazz performances and gaze in awe at striking sunsets when visiting this picturesque museum complex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.