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If Brazil hits you with culture, Salvador practically wallops. Music is a way of life in this northern city, where syncopated drum-beats pound year-round. Outside the pomp and peacock feathers of Brazil’s largest carnival, the constant sound of life and laughter hangs in the air.
What goes up must come down. Like this elevator, for example. The Jesuits installed this massive lift-to-nowhere around 1610. At that time, a rudimentary rope-and-pulley system hoisted goods and passengers from port to summit. It was renovated decades ago in bold Art Deco style. Today, thousands use the system to commute from Cidade Alta to Comércio and back.Accommodations near Lacerda Elevator
Bahia’s bargain basement. This canary-coloured marketplace holds a trove of objects that cover classic to kitsch in one fell swoop. You’ll find ceramic, glass and wood tchotchkes, street scenes painted in saturated colours, vintage deities, woven baskets and more. Make sure you buy a traditional seafood or fried-rice “acarajé” from a cheery street vendor.Accommodations near Mercado Modelo
One road heads east, the other west. A row of colonial houses seal off a triangular wedge that forms Largo do Pelourinho. The pungent smell of dendê oil wafts from the Bahian restaurants, and Capoeira dancers charge the area with frenetic energy. Yet the cheer shrouds a dark past. Men, women and children were bought and sold here during the slave trade.Accommodations near Pelourinho
Finished in 1723, this church was built by the toil of slaves. However, its real beauty comes from a simple act of defiance. The enslaved African artisans who carved its interior made deliberate distortions to the faces of its cherubs. Oversized and pinched, they look out of place against the unbridled pomp of gilded gold and a gargantuan silver chandelier.Accommodations near San Francisco church
Religious artworks reach for beauty and transcendence. This museum houses a litany of 18th century Catholic works. Sculptures that depict the Pietà – Mary holding the body of Christ – stand alongside flamboyantly framed paintings and religious reliquaries. They’re displayed in a former monastery, where spectral light from tiny windows creates a reverential atmosphere.Accommodations near Museum of Religious Art
Solar do Unhao is quite a complex. Its paths snake around the waterfront and border a series of buildings. Each building reveals a secret about the area’s past – from the sugar mill that was once a bustle of merchant trade, to the “senzala” that once housed slaves. These days, Saturday night concerts cloak the area in a soundscape of bossa nova and jazz.Accommodations near Solar da Unhao
Barra” might not be Portuguese for beautiful, but it might as well be. Locals regard this as one of Brazil’s most picturesque beaches. Its unusually calm waters coupled with Salvador’s temperate climate make this place a coveted spot for waterside relaxation. It’s insanely popular at times, so try and arrive early to find a spot amidst the sun umbrellas.Accommodations near Barra Beach
Barra Lighthouse stands above Santo Antônio da Barra Fort. Its lamp has lit a thousand nights, its purpose to warn off attack and guide merchant ships to port. Journey into the fort’s museum to pore over yellowed charts, maps and other artefacts. Most were recovered from galleons that sunk in Todos os Santos Bay in the days of Portuguese colonial rule. Proper sunken treasure!Accommodations near Barra's Lighthouse
A procession of thousands floods into this tiny neo-classical church. Dressed all in white, the congregation begins to sing, chant and raise their hands to the heavens. The rainbow-coloured ribbons on their wrists flutter as they dance. This regular spectacle is all in honour of Our Lord of Bonfim, who they hope will answer their exuberant prayers with a miracle.Accommodations near Bonfim Church
Let’s set the scene. This is Salvador’s legendary port, where merchant sailors once came to sell their wares. Paths snake all around Itapagipana Peninsula, and palm trees provide shelter from the sweltering sun. Set against the backdrop of Todos os Santos Bay, with Humaitá Lighthouse standing proudly in the distance, it’s one of the most spectacular spots in town.Accommodations near Humaita Point
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The centre’s sun-scorched colonial buildings bugile visitors with their crumbled glory, where 17th century convents stand alongside churches and houses. The “Cruz Caida” monument, which resembles a tumbled crucifix, is the centrepiece of Municipal Square. From here, views stretch over Todos os Santos Bay into a never-ending horizon.Accommodations in Salvador Historic Center
Lover’s Lane has nothing on Itapuã. Here, couples clutch each other beneath the ink-blue sky and walk along Itapuã Beach. Palm trees, pools and wooden jangada (fishermen’s boats) create a romantic vista year-round. Buy a fried treat from a “baiana do acarajé” (traditional vendor) then stroll hand-in-hand with your loved one into the sunset.Accommodations in Itapuã
Rio Vermelho also hosts one curious annual spectacle. On February 2nd, gifts of perfume and flowers are set adrift in the bay for the annual Iemanjá’s Festival. Any other time, it’s an area of high-class bars where the young and fabulous come out to play. On top of that, the beaches here seem to stretch on forever.Accommodations in Rio Vermelho
Vitória connects Barra with the historic centre. This is an old money habitat, where aristocrats live lives of luxury in the area’s colonial mansions, swathed in dramatic colours and geometric patterns. Keep up with the pomp and prestige at the Bahia Art Museum. This whitewashed building holds a rich legacy of Brazilian art, from Carybé to Di Cavalcanti.Accommodations in Vitoria
Manuela thinks it’s never a bad time for a good party, a cold beer or packing her bag to discover a new place.
At first, Borracharia was an auto repair shop by day and a club by night. The repair shop is now closed, but the themed decoration remains. The place is dark, there are tires all around and the DJs play a good mix of hip hop, soul, rock and pop, making it hard to leave before sun rise.Accommodations nearby
Diego loves technology, travelling and is always in search of the perfect burger wherever he goes.
Located in a historical building within the French cultural centre, this cafe has one of the best views in town. It is the perfect place for sampling a gourmet coffee, enjoying a soothing soundtrack under the mango tree or just sitting and relaxing while the sun sets by the sea.Accommodations nearby
Exploring new places, experimenting local cuisines and enjoying the night life are Fabio’s passions.
Rio Vermelho is a bohemian district full of bars and restaurants serving local cuisine. Consider trying Acarajé, a fried ball of black-eyed peas topped with spices and shrimp, served by local women in traditional garb. The famous Regina and Dinha stands prepare the best Acarajé in town!Accommodations nearby
A curious traveller, Andres enjoys getting acquainted with new cultures, cuisines and local arts.
This restaurant should be on every visitor’s itinerary. The chef cooks up the best specimens of Bahian dishes, using the typical and essential Dendê oil. Also, the restaurant ambiance includes details and decorations from African culture that illustrates its influence on Bahia’s roots.Accommodations nearby
Schirlley describes herself as an enthusiastic traveller with a passion for history and gastronomy.
The one thing that’s captivated me since my first visit to Salvador is the Bahia Marina. It has such a beautiful view of the "Baia de Todos os Santos" and you can find delightful restaurants to enjoy a nice meal and watch a spectacular sunset from the bay. Amado restaurant is my top choice.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...What did your kids enjoy the most at the beaches in Salvador?
The friendly people on the beaches and the way the locals mixed to get her with the tourists. They felt safe at all times and especially liked Flamingo beach as they enjoyed playing football on the beach with the locals and playing in the sea with the strong waves. However some caution is needed as the current is quite strong there.
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the people from Salvador so friendly? Share your story.
This is a city with 3 million people from all over the world and many different backgrounds. Travelling alone people just say hi and start to talk. We also muddled through language barriers.See all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What traditional and exciting food is available in Salvador? Give us your insider tips!
there is something here for everyone - whether it is places to visit or food. I'm only in my second of a three week visit and already planning the next.See all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Why do you recommend Salvador for food?
The fish restaurants along the promenade of the farol beach are superb.
Booking.com asked travelers...What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Salvador?
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Take a nap so you can enjoy the music and wear your dancing sneakers.See all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What were the best places for wandering in Salvador's old town?
Pelourinho Solar d'Unhao mercado modelo - good food too
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Salvador that makes history come to life?
Keep an open mind and walk the streets of town
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Salvador?
Walk around Pelourinho several timesSee all 4 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Salvador mean to you?
Tropical beachesSee all 4 answers
Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport is 32 km from the city centre. The safest and most convenient way to reach your destination is by using the taxi service located inside the airport. A trip to the city centre costs BRL 120, while a taxi to Olinda/Rio Vermelho is BRL 89, and a ride to the northern beaches (such as Itapuã) is BRL 50. Shuttle service can also be arranged. A public bus ride into the city costs BRL 3.00, but is not recommended.
There are several buses that run throughout Salvador and make connections to main landmarks. However, taxis remain the most convenient and safest option for tourists. A bus trip costs BRL 3.00 and can be paid in cash with small bills or coins while on board.
It’s possible to rent a car at the airport. However, traffic in Salvador is extremely busy and hectic, especially during rush hours. There aren’t many signs so it can be easy to get lost, and pedestrians tend to cross the street sporadically at their own will. Renting a car is more useful for travellers wanting to explore beaches in other parts of the state, far from the capital.
Taxis are the safest form of transport for tourists in Salvador. Official taxis are white and feature a blue and red stripe on the doors. The normal starting tariff is around BRL 4.00 with a charge of BRL 2.04 per kilometre during week days, and BRL 2.85 from 21:00-6:00 on week nights, as well as after 14:00 on Saturdays, and all day on Sundays, holidays and for trips to the airport. Taxis can easily be hailed from the sidewalk.
The metro in Salvador is extremely limited and currently under construction. There are only 5 stations, and at times the metro is closed for construction. In general it runs Monday-Friday from 8:00-18:00 and 8:00-13:00 on Saturdays. The historic centre is about a 700 metre walk from Campo da Pólvora station.
Salvador’s suburban railway consists of 1 line with 10 stations, and covers 13.5 km in total. It runs between Calçada in Cidade Baixa to Paripe in suburban Salvador. Trains run from 6:00-19:00 with an interval of 40-45 minutes between runs. Train tickets can be purchased for BRL 0.50 and citizens over 60 ride for free.
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