Known around the world for its Carnaval festivities, Brasil’s first capital city also features a breathtaking historical center.
Salvador is the capital city of Bahia, a state known for its natural wonders, welcoming people, and deeply-rooted African cultural influences.
The rhythm of Capoeira – a Brazilian dance-like martial art –, the aromas and flavors of local delicacies, the religious syncretism and cultural melting pot are only a few samples of the joie-de- vivre of a people surrounded by natural beauty and who really understand the meaning of the word “alive”. The city is also home to one of the liveliest and most popular Carnaval festivities in the country.
There are over 300 churches in Salvador. One of them is the São Francisco Church, which stands out for its grandeur. Another important city landmark is the Senhor do Bonfim Church, one of the most important symbols of Bahia’s religious syncretism.
In Salvador, Catholicism coexists with African religions, bringing together Iemanjá and Our Lady of Conception, Iansã and Saint Barbara, Our Lord of the Good End and Oxalá.
The African culture is also seen in music and dancing, such as in the art of Capoeira.
African ingredients are also very popular in the cuisine, such as palm oil, coconut milk, ginger and pepper. The acarajé, caruru and vatapá are world-famous typical dishes, served in local Bahia trays.
During the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games, Salvador will host soccer matches at Fonte Nova Arena. Originally built in 1951, the arena was re-open in 2013 with capacity for 50 thousand fans.
Salvador is a great starting point for those looking to venture into Costa dos Coqueiros, Costa do Dendê or Chapada Diamantina. Bahia holds jaw-dropping natural preserves and a wide range of charming bed&breakfast and resorts with excellent infrastructure.
How to get there
Salvador International Airport receives direct international flights to Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Miami and Lisbon. Praça Gago Coutinho, s/n – Salvador – Bahia +55 (71) 3204-1010
The Salvador Bus Terminal is located in the downtown area and operates both intermunicipal and interstate bus lines. Av. Antônio Carlos Magalhães, 4.362 – Pituba +55 (71) 3616-8357 and +55 (71) 3616-8358
The Salvador Port receives cruise ships from several different countries worldwide. Contact cruise companies for more information. Av. França, 1551 – I – Comércio +55 (71) 3320-1299
The Salvador Subway currently features one subway line and operates Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call Center: 0800 071 8020
Official website (only available in Portuguese).
Using taxis to move around the city is cheaper and less stressful. Check out the rates
Tips for the destination
+55 (71) 3103-3103
Bahia Tourist Hotline
- Available 24/7
+55 (71) 3321-2133 / 3321-2463
Tourist Service Center - Pelourinho. Daily 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m
+55 (71) 3204-1444
Tourist Service Center - International Airport. Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m
+55 (71) 3450-3871
Tourist Service Center - Bus Terminal. Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m
The Salvador area code (DDD) is 71.