Go up the hills to Pelô and travel in time on a visit to the ancient mansions that belonged to the rich masters of commerce and sugar
mills. The place tells the story of
Negroes in Brazil.
The courtyard of Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá os one of the oldest candomblé practice sites in Bahia. The religion has African origins and holds a strong influence over the Bahia territory.
This is the most famous church in Bahia. Visitors follow tradition of making a wish and tying a colorful Senhor do Bonfim ribbon
around their wrist.
This was the first lighthouse to be built in the Americas. It sits atop a 37-meter tower. It is one of the symbols of the city and is one of its most visited sites.
Everything about the life and work of the famous write from Bahia, Jorge Amado is in this house. Whoever visits it can watch films and documentaries related
to his work.
The largest free market in Bahia, where the visitor immerses in the Salvador essence and can find religious articles, clay objects and
an immense variety of peppers
Churches, palaces and mansions with impressive antique architecture form the historic center of Salvador. The area was registered as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
If all you want to do is enjoy the sun in complete comfort, what Salvador does not lack are resorts that offer diversified services and conveniences, including the all included system, besides exclusive leisure options such as surfing lessons and access to the best beaches in the city.
The site has more than 200 shops with souvenirs from Salvador and Bahia, most of them handicrafts. The market also houses two famous restaurants serving regional Bahia food.
Capoeira came from black slavery in Brazil, when the slaves created a fighting technique to face the hostility and violence of their masters and the slave hunters . Today, the capoeira is an art recognized worldwide, being one of the strongest and best known Brazilian cultural expressions.
Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance
Dive into the African origins expressed in musical rhythms such as axé (the word means “magical power”), samba-reggae and ijexá, played by percussion bands and African blocks. Try to dance capoeira, a mixture of dance and fight done to the sound of the berimbau, also of African origin.
The Bahia seasoning is unmistakable. The Recôncavo Baiano cuisine, where Salvador is located, is known for its well-peppered dishes based on dendê palm oil, coconut milk and seafood. Abará, acarajé, bobó de camarão, vatapá, crab and beiju are dishes that will win you over with their taste.
São Francisco Church and Convent
The 18th century buildings are part of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World. The architecture is the greatest representative of the baroque style in Bahia; the richness of detail in its panels and the amount of gold in its interior are impressive.
The dyke was built in the 17th and 18th centuries, with the damming of the Urucaia River, to protect the city against potential attacks. Today, the 110 thousand m2 area is the destination to those who want to rest and have fun. The site has decks for fishing, jogging tracks , restaurants and parking area.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in the city, this dark waters lagoon is surrounded by fine white sand and several dunes formed by windblown particles from Itapuã beach. The surrounding vegetation completes the beautiful scenery.
Salvador is one of the oldest cities in Brazil, which is revealed in its grandiose architecture. Walk along the uneven, cobblestone streets, full of alleys, steep hills, colored two-story houses and baroque churches, and see one of the most beautiful heritages in the world.
The lift’s initial function was to connect the Lower Town to the Upper Town of Salvador, but today the equipment is mainly oriented to tourism due to its stunning view of the city, 72 meters high.
Bahia is one of the most musical states in Brazil. The mixture between the black, white and indigenous ethnic groups originated rich musical rhythms and genres, like axé, samba, pagode and the Brazilian popular music (MBP) itself.
The solar is an architectural complex which houses the Modern Art Museum , a pier, a slave quarters and a distillery. It’s a popular tourism site, which also has a sculpture garden and a square where folk and musical performances take place.
Salvador Basilica Cathedral
The current cathedral of Salvador is part of the bygone Jesuit convent and school – the most noticeable in the Brazilian colony times. It was built between 1652 and 1672. Due to its artistic collection, many experts consider it to be the most important religious building from the Colonial Brazil.
Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia Church
The impressive Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia Church, in the Lower City of Salvador, was consecrated in 1765, although its construction has only been concluded in the 19th century. Built in joanino baroque style, the ceiling painting by José Joaquim da Rocha is one of its highlights.
Church and Santa Casa de Misericórdia
This convent-style architectural complex is made up by the church and the administrative and hospital patios. It houses a large collection of paintings, tiles, furniture, among other objects.
Located at the Sé Square, it was built in the 18th century, surrounding a patio. Considered to be one of the best examples of the civil architecture in Colonial times in Brazil, it is located in the historic area of the Pelourinho.
Paço do Saldanha
It is one of the most remarkable palaces built in Colonial Brazil, notably for its façade in hewn stone and a beautiful veranda known as the Saldanha Lookout. Today it houses the Bahia Lyceum of Arts and Crafts.
Paço Municipal (Former Casa de Câmara and Prison)
Built between the 17th and the 18th centuries, the Paço Municipal is the backdrop to the oldest square of Salvador, founded in 1949 and located on the top of the hill in front of the port. With its bell tower, the building inspired other administrative buildings like those in Santo Amaro.
Amado Bahia Solar
Built late in the 19th century in brickwork, access is gained on the side of the solar which is totally surrounded by cast-iron verandas. On the roof and walls you find paintings that are said to be painted by Badaró (the father).
Sete Candeeiros House
The house name is due to the seven oil lamps hung on it during the stay of D. João VI Court in 1808.
São Marcelo Fortress or Mar Fort
The Fort is located in the Todos os Santos Bay and was built on a sand crown, in 1623. The monument was open to visitation after being transformed in the São Marcelo Fort Cultural Center - a space housing rich cultural heritage.
Santa Maria Fort
The Santa Maria Fort is on the Porto da Barra beach, and is native from the port of Salvador.
Carmo Third Order Church and the Order House
It is an architectural complex made up by church and convent. The current building is developed around two buildings. The Church houses the Senhor morto cedar image, sculpted in 1730 by the slave Francisco das Chagas who was considered to be the Aleijadinho of Bahia.
The baianas de acarajé are important characters of the Brazilian culture, but it is in Salvador – capital of the state of Bahia – that they master the scenery formed by public spaces, monuments, streets and squares.
About two million people meet during seven days in a party complete with attractions, lots of music and excitement in the city streets. Choose your trio elétrico, save up your energy to go hours on end and enjoy yourself to the sound of the biggest nationally and internationally known stars of Bahia music.
The sea in Salvador is not only beautiful on the surface. If you dive, you can explore many incredible shipwrecks, such as the Banco da Panela, one of the largest archaeological sites in Brazil. Visibility is very good, up to 20 meters, even in the winter.
Beach Volleyball and Beach Football
Salvador hosts national beach football and volleyball tournaments, which take place on a number of the city’s beaches.
A wide variety of sports can be enjoyed in Savador and the surrounding municipalities. In Costa dos Coqueiros, about 70 km from the capital of Bahia state, golfers will find a pristine 6,300 m course that includes a training area and 18 holes, 30 of which have a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The city of Slavador offers excellent sport fishing options and highly competitive fishing tournaments both in All Saint’s Bay and Reconcavo.
Sailing and Motor Boats
Its extensive coastline means its has great potential for sailing and motorbaoting, with regattas occurring annually.
Porto da Barra Beach
This is where Tomé de Souza, the first Governor-General of Salvador, arrived in 1549. It is a small beach with clear waters and good restaurant facilities. It is considered the best place for sea bathing and has the most beautiful sunset of the city.
Bahia Convention Center
The facility covers an area of 153,000 m² and can hold around 5,000 people in its 17 auditoriums, each of can seat up to 2,000 people. It also has 22 support rooms, as well as a VIP room, foyers, deposits and a communication system. Some of the auditoriums and rooms are adjustable.
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