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.
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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.
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Ondina is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Salvador Zoo and Ondina Beach.
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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.
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Unique features of Itapua include the beaches and gardens. Make a stop by Itapua Beach or Itapua Lighthouse while you're exploring the area.
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The soul of Salvador’s Historic Center is a vibrant district of cobblestone streets framed by ancient churches, colonial mansions, museums and cultural centers.
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.
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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.
Visit this idyllic sun-soaked coastline to swim in pristine waters, spot tropical sea life and explore a nearby ecological reserve.
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.
Browse hundreds of handicraft and souvenir stalls and then have lunch with impressive views over the Port of Salvador at this century-old marketplace.
Discover curious Brazilian traditions and experience colorful religious celebrations at this famous church set on a hilltop in the Bonfim neighborhood.
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.
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.
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.