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Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, Brazil. With a charming Old Town (a World Heritage Site), a vibrant musical scene and popular Carnival celebrations, it is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture.


Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital in the heyday of the slave trade. The legacy remains today in its large black population, and the resulting culture in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil; in music, many of the greatest names from the mid-20th century to the present hail from Salvador, such as Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso. In literature, the late Jorge Amado was also from the region. It's a vibrant, exciting city, and its people are quite friendly.


Salvador is on a peninsula on the northeast coast of Brazil which shields the large Baía de Todos os Santos ("All Saints Bay") from the Atlantic Ocean. The city is the third largest... Read more

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia, Brazil. With a charming Old Town (a World Heritage Site), a vibrant musical scene and popular Carnival celebrations, it is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture.


Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital in the heyday of the slave trade. The legacy remains today in its large black population, and the resulting culture in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil; in music, many of the greatest names from the mid-20th century to the present hail from Salvador, such as Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso. In literature, the late Jorge Amado was also from the region. It's a vibrant, exciting city, and its people are quite friendly.


Salvador is on a peninsula on the northeast coast of Brazil which shields the large Baía de Todos os Santos ("All Saints Bay") from the Atlantic Ocean. The city is the third largest in Brazil, sprawling for dozens of kilometers inland from the coast. Most visitors head for the coastal neighborhoods that cluster around where the bay meets the ocean.
Salvador, Brazil has a tropical climate including rainforests and lush vegetation.
A 100m cliff runs along the entire bayshore, dividing the city into Cidade Alta, up on the cliff, and the Cidade Baixa down by the bay. The former features Pelourinho, the old city center that packs historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels, artisanal shops, and music/dance/capoeira academies into a convenient, albeit tourist-swarmed, set of winding cobblestone streets. The latter features a commercial center with lots of bus traffic coming in from all over Salvador.
Outside of this area, there are many beach districts that stretch from the tip of the peninsula northeast along the Atlantic coast. The Barra neighborhood at the tip of the peninsula is the main alternative jumping-off point to Pelourinho, and a little further to the northeast are the hip neighborhoods of Rio Vermelho and Amaralina, which feature a nightlife less geared to the foreign tourism industry. A decent bus ride beyond these is the neighborhood of Itapuã, which has an energetic beach side nightlife and relatively few foreign visitors. Northward from there are kilometers and kilometers of gorgeous beaches, all accessible by bus.
The bayshore coast north beyond Pelourinho features a more tranquil atmosphere and a locally patronized, though less scenic, beach life. The interior of Salvador is where the "new city" has developed, full of residential neighborhoods, shopping megaplexes, and knotted highways, all of which can be quite alienating without actually having a friend to show you around.
Local residents enjoy sharing their exotic dancing and music skills with tourists. Residents are also considered some of the friendliest people on the planet.
Tourists are welcomed with open and friendly arms by the majority of local residents.


People of Salvador, as other people from the state of Bahia, have a reputation of being relaxed, easygoing, and fun-loving, even by Brazilian standards, and of leading a "slow life". It's questionable whether this reputation is true, as the hectic behavior of pedestrians and drivers in traffic does not seem to be typical of "slow" or "relaxed" people. Regardless, few soteropolitanos (natives of Salvador) seem to bother with this reputation, even the bad part of it, and some even make fun of their own supposed laziness. Also, most people in Brazil agree that soteropolitanos are generally friendly and warm people.

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Salvador de Bahia, Brazil: Port Information

Your cruise ship will dock right in downtown. 
The old city center can be easily explored on foot.
Salvador is a common stop on international cruise routes and was once visited by Queen Elizabeth 2 during her sailing career. Note that the docks area can be dangerous. This area is linked to the Pelourinho historic center by the Elevador Lacerda, and to the city by urban buses and executive buses to Iguatemi.

Get around Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

By foot
There are a number of transportation options available in Salvador, including taxis, buses and car rentals. the bus fares are quite affordable, although taxi fares can be quite expensive if one is traveling a long distance.
The old city center can be easily explored on foot. To get between the upper and lower sections, take the Elevador Lacerda or the cable car. The streets between the two are considered dangerous even during the day.

By bus
City buses, as in other Brazilian cities, are constant and confusing. Know your landmarks and neighborhood names.
Any large shopping area will have a complimentary frequented bus stop, and the major intercity terminal, Lapa, is next to Shopping Lapa.
Other major bus terminals include Estação Iguatemi (between the Rodoviaria and Shopping Iguatemi), and Estação Mussurunga (located on the Paralela with buses usually connecting to Praia do Flamengo interior neighborhoods in Salvador).
If you are trying to make your way out of Pelourinho, you can either take the Elevador Lacerda down to the Comercio and find buses for just about every route, or walk to the Praca da Sé bus stop just south of the elevator, which has a much smaller selection of buses passing through, and many options of executive buses.

By metro
Salvador's metro system operates from Lapa (in the city center) to Bom Juá. Campo da Pólvora Station is 700 meters from Historic Center and Acesso Norte Station is near Bela Vista Shopping Mall.
The Line 2 will link the international airport.
Suburban rail service links Calçada in Lower City and the suburban neighborhood Paripe.

By taxi
Salvador cab drivers must be competing with those in Rio for spots on Formula 1 racing teams. They will certainly get you where you're going quicker than the bus! 
Executive taxis (white and blue) don't have meters, and the prices are on a table, it's more expensive than city taxis, but they are much more comfortable, they are in stops in the main shopping malls, the airport, bus station, ferry-boat station, and big hotels. Most of the executive taxis don't have a very good online presence and often English speaking staff are hard to come by.
Salvador Airport Transfer has a website that allows pre-booking prior to arrival in Salvador, and claims to have English speaking staff, should you need to give them a call.

By car
It's not hard to find your way across Salvador avenues, but although people from Bahia have a reputation of being relaxed and easygoing, traffic is aggressive (somewhat like Rio de Janeiro), and you will frequently see drivers attempting dangerous overtakes on you. Pedestrians are also careless and unexpectedly run to cross roads and streets. If you are not used to this type of traffic, consider asking for a private driver, which is possible on many car renting agencies. Renting a car may be a good idea if you plan to visit the beaches from the northern part of Bahia, with more time flexibility than allowed by travel agencies.

By bicycle
The Bicycle sharing system program Bike Salvador offers many bike stations through the city. Cycling is not really a good option to get around in Salvador except the cycleways and pedestrian zones like in Barra and Ribeira areas.
At Sundays and holidays, the Salvador Vai de Bike project offers leisure cycleways like the one in downtown between Campo Grande Square and Historic Center and in the City Park (Parque da Cidade) area.

What to see in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

  • At the center of the Cidade Alta, there are the 2 large squares Praça da Sé and the Terreiro de Jesus which are connected at the corner by the cathedral. The latter is probably the most lively part of town, with food carts and stalls through the day and revelers in the evening hours. The slick, L-shaped Praça da Sé has cool fountains and the fenced-off ruins of the foundations of its namesake church. At the far end of the plaza, the 1874 funicular railway Plano Inclinado Gonçalves used to send 30-passenger cars between Cidade Alta and Cidade Baixa on terrifyingly steep tracks – it's been out of service since 2011, though plans to restore the train are in the works. A colourful intersection of vendors, tourists, capoeiristas and colorful locals, the Terreiro de Jesus is a historic site of religious celebrations and is ringed by four churches, as well as the XIX century Faculdade de Medicina Building. The plaza feeds into the Cruzeiro de São Francisco, named for the cross in the square’s center.
  • Praça Municipal (City Square), Praça Tomé de Souza. Once the political seat of colonial Brazil, it is now a lively place to people-watch and see panoramic views over the bay. Overlooking the plaza, note the impressive Palácio Rio Branco, reconstructed in 1919; the original 1549 structure housed the offices of Tomé de Souza, Brazil’s first governor general.  
  • Largo do Pelourinho — A fairly small triangular plaza, is among the oldest parts of town. You can guess from its name meaning "plaza of the pillory" what went on around there.
  • Mercado Modelo — The city's main market located in the lower town is and a good place for crafts and other souvenirs. In the adjacent square, you can often see young men performing capoeira, the famous martial arts dance which originates from the area.
  • Solar do Unhão — The best place in Salvador to watch the sunset. It is an old style house located at the Baía de Todos os Santos. Inside there is a small museum (Museu de Arte Moderna) with local art pieces. Sometimes on Saturday evening, there is a jazz concert.
  • Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra (Farol da Barra for the lighthouse), Largo do Farol da Barra - Barra BA, Brasil, +55 71 3264-3296, is Bahia’s oldest fort was built in 1698. In addition to having superb views, the fort houses an excellent nautical museum, with relics and displays from the days of Portuguese seafaring. As you catch the sunset here – from the grassy ledge behind the fort or from the museum’s gorgeous terrace café – realize that Salvador’s peninsula is the only location in Brazil where the sun appears to set over the ocean.  
  • Elevador Lacerda, Rua da Conceição da Praia, Salvador, Bahia, Brasil (near the Comércio), +55 71 3103-3103. 7 am-11 pm, extended hours summer weekends & Carnaval. The beautifully restored, art deco Elevador Lacerda connects the Cidade Alta with Comércio via 4 elevators traveling 72 m in about 30 sec. The Jesuits installed the 1st manual rope-and-pulley elevator around 1610 to transport goods and passengers from the port to the settlement. In 1868 an iron structure with clanking steam elevators was inaugurated, replaced by an electric system in 1928. Facing the elevator are the impressive arches of the Câmara Municipal, the XVII century city hall, which occasionally puts on cultural exhibitions. 
Religious sites
  • Convento de Igreja de São Francisco — is a very important colonial monument in Brazil. The current church was built between 1708-1723, but the interior was decorated by several artists during a great part of the XVIII century. Most decoration of the church and convent were finished by 1755. All surfaces inside - walls, pillars, vaults, and ceilings - are covered by golden sculptured gilt woodwork and paintings. The decoration of the church is considered one of the most complete and imposing in Portuguese-Brazilian Baroque gilt woodwork art (talha dourada), being a perfect example of the "golden church" (igreja dourada). 
  • Igreja do Nosso Senhor do Bonfim — A small church located in a neighborhood to the north is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in all of Brazil. The colorful votive ribbons or fitas of Bonfim are an easily recognizable item throughout Brazil and even beyond. Children outside the church will (for a small fee) tie them around your wrist and tell you to make a wish for each one. If the ribbon wears off naturally, the wish will come true; if you cut it off before then, it won't. You can get to Bonfim by city bus in about 15 minutes.
  • Igreja da Ordem Terceira de Sao Francisco (The Church of the Third Order of St. Francis), Rua São Francisco, Salvador. 8 am-5 pm. It is a Catholic church nominated for the election of the 7 Wonders of Brazil. The facade was covered with mortar in the late XVIII century and only in the early twentieth century, during services in the electric grid, was rediscovered its underlying decor. It wasn’t seen until a workman installing wiring in the 1930s serendipitously discovered the beautiful, baroque sandstone facade (the only one of its kind in Brazil). The church was designed by Gabriel Ribeiro. The ceiling is decorated with paintings by Franco Velasco in 1831. 
  • Museu da Cidade (Cidade museum), Largo do Pelourinho, 3 - Pelourinho, Salvador - BA, 40026-280, Brazil, +55 3321 1967, 9 am-6 pm Mon & Wed-Fri, 1-5 pm Sat, 9 am-1 pm Sun. Rather like the city itself, Museu da Cidade contains an eclectic assortment of the old and the modern, the sacred and the profane. Exhibits include Candomblé orixá costumes, the personal effects of the poet Castro Alves (author of Návio Negreiro, or Slave Ship, and one of the first public figures to protest slavery), and traditional rag dolls enacting quotidian colonial life, as well as paintings and sculptures. 
  • Museu da Misericórdia, Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil ‎, +55 71 3322 7355, 10 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, 1-5 pm Sun. The Museu da Misericórdia is housed in a marvelous 17th-century edifice, this one serving as Brazil’s first hospital. Visits here include a guided tour (in Portuguese) that allows a glimpse of fine period furnishings, portraits and assorted finery dating back four centuries. You’ll also see the attached Igreja da Misericórdia, with its azulejos and a sacristy featuring impressive 18th-century woodwork. 
  • Museu Afro-Brasileiro, M-F 9 am-6 pm, Sa Su 10 am-5 pm — A museum that documents the slave trade and subsequent development of the city. 
  • Museu de Arte da Bahia (Art Museum of Bahia), 7 de Setembro 2340. 1-7 pm Tue-Fri, 2-7 pm Sat & Sun. Set in an attractive neocolonial building, the Museu de Arte da Bahia showcases works from Bahian artists, with paintings by José Teófilo de Jesus (1758–1817) and drawings by Argentine artist Carybé. 
  • Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology), Faculdade de Medicina, Terreiro de Jesus, 10 am-5 pm Mon-Fri. Below the Museu Afro-Brasileiro, the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia exhibits indigenous Brazilian pottery, bows and arrows, masks and feather headpieces. Also tucked between the building’s arching stone foundations is 19th-century glass and porcelain found during the excavations for the metro. 
  • Museu Náutico da Bahia (Nautical Museum of Bahia), Largo do Farol da Barra, +55 3264 3296, 8:30 am-7 pm Tue-Sun, daily Jan & Jul. In addition to having superb views, the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra contains this excellent nautical museum, with relics and displays from the days of Portuguese seafaring, plus fascinating exhibits on the slave trade. All information is offered in both Portuguese and English – a rarity in Bahia. Sunset is delightful at the museum’s gorgeous terrace café. 
  • Museu de Arte Moderna (Museum of Modern Art), Contorno s/n, +55 3117 6139, 1-7 pm Tue-Fri & Sun, to 9 pm Sat. Museu de Arte Moderna has a changing display of avant-garde exhibits and erratic opening times. A fine restaurant and an art workshop occupy the former storehouse. The hillside sculpture garden is a pleasant place to take a breath and enjoy the fine bay views. Take a taxi there, as it is off bus routes and the desolate walk is known for tourist muggings. 
  • Museu Carlos Costa Pinto, 7 de Setembro 2490, 2:30-7 pm Mon & Wed-Sat. This lovely two-story mansion houses some of Salvador’s finest decorative art, from the collection of the patrician couple Carlos de Aguiar Costa Pinto and his wife Margarida, both born in Bahia in the late 19th century. Displays highlight gold, crystal, porcelain and silver pieces, as well as beautifully carved coral jewelry and tortoiseshell fans. Don't miss the outdoor cafe. 
Beach and Parks
  • Abaeté Park — A protected state park around the lake with the same name. The lake is famous because of the stark contrast between the dark water and the very white sand dunes. There is an entertainment area with a lot of bars and live music.
  • Praia Porto da Barra (Porto da Barra beach), Praia Porto da Barra, Salvador, Bahia (near Avenida Oceânica and Avenida Sete de Setembro). Praia Porto da Barra beach is rather like the Pelourinho: small, picturesque, usually crowded, loaded with vendors selling everything imaginable, and roughly half those present are foreigners. The bay's waters are clear and calm, and the people-watching is fantastic. To the left of the lighthouse, Praia do Farol da Barra has a beach break popular with surfers. Barra's waterfront is lined with bars and restaurants and is well lit at night, but it gets a bit sleazy in the later hours.  

What to do in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

You'll find a huge variety of things to do in Salvador. Some of the popular activities include:
  • Day tour of Salvador.
  • Salvador Parks.
  • Salvador golf courses.
  • Salvador music festivals.
  • Surf trips.
A good brazil tour guide in Salvador, known as a guia de Salvador, will be able to show you around lots of the attractions and activities if you want to explore on your own. A good option to get a general idea and find your way around in the city is the "Salvador Bus", an open-top tour bus passing by the main points of interest and offering an explanation on the way.

One of the main attractions in Salvador is carnaval. Salvador's giant Carnival, the biggest of the world, according to the Guinness book of records, lasts for one week and is extremely popular with Brazilians and tourists alike. In 2016, the event happens on February 4th - 10th and consists of parades, live entertainment, music, dancers and vendors. The main parades follow three circuits: one in the historic center Pelourinho (with mainly traditional groups in costumes), one on Campo Grande, where most bands play samba and in recent years the most popular one in Barra / Ondina, where modern Brazilian Axé music mixes with percussion and all kinds of rhythms and styles, and the bands parade between "Camarote" boxes on one side and the beach on the other. Options to participate are either by watching from the camarote boxes or purchasing an "abadá" shirt to join a group that accompanies one of the bands throughout the parade. One can expect to have a lot of fun if they vacation in Salvador, Brazil during Carnival. Salvador also has many other attractions that tourists will find enjoyable. these include golf courses, museums, and even an old 17th-century fort. Anyone wishing to visit Salvador Brazil will find their trip to be entertaining, fun and full of wonderful memories.

Go to the beach
Visiting a Salvador beach is a highlight for many tourists. One of the main central Salvador beaches is Porto de Barra. It was originally the site of the first settlement of European newcomers to Bahia. It can get very crowded on weekends. The northeast region of Salvador concentrates most beaches with good water quality. Flamengo and Stella Maris are the most popular beaches among tourists and upper-class locals. They have excellent tourist infrastructure and rough waters excellent for surfing. Jaguaribe, Piatã and Itapoã, with calmer waters, are mostly frequented by locals and can become quite crowded at weekends. They are a good option with you want to mix with the local population but don't bring anything besides your clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and some cash, as muggings are quite common.
The other beaches of Salvador aren't suited for bathing, but still can be good for walking, cycling, or taking pictures. Farol da Barra has a beautiful view (especially during the sunset), but it's difficult to walk due to the rocks. "Farol" means lighthouse, and this beach is known for its lighthouse as well as being popular with surfers. A much safer choice is nearby Plakaford. Here the calm waters and soft sandy beaches are welcoming for families and children. In the city south, there is an array of beautiful beaches that include Tinhare and Boipeba.

What to eat and drink in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil


Bahian restaurants are considered to be among the best in Brazil. The majority of Bahia restaurants offer South American cuisine but there a few that offer other specialties. For example, the Maria Mato Mouro located at Rua 3A Ordem de Sao Francisco, Pelourinho serves a wide range of seafood dishes from all over the world although most are from South America. One of the most popular dishes is the grilled bahia fish badejo. This restaurant is open daily from noon until 1 am. The Terreiro de Jesus is a great place to sample the local cuisine from street stalls, served by Afro-Brazilian baianas in their traditional white dresses. A must try dish is the Abara. This is a wrap with bean paste, dende oil, and onions all cooked in a banana leaf with spices for flavor. if you prefer western food then you will find many fast-food places like Burger King, McDonald's, Subway or Pizza Hut. You also will find casual dinner chains like Outback Steakhouse.
Be sure to try acarajé, small fritters made from black-eyed peas and onions fried in palm oil slathered with spicy vatapá (shrimp paste). These are sold by Baianas on the street.
Here is a list of restaurants to try:
  • Acarajé da Cira, Largo de Itapuã, 3249-4170. Fresh acarajé daily from 10 AM-11 PM. There is also another location on the Largo da Mariquita in Rio Vermelho.
  • Acarajé da Dica, Rua J, Castro Rabelo, Pelourinho. Open T-Sa 3 PM-11 PM, Su 10 AM-1 AM.
  • Health Valley Brasil, Rua Direita da Piedade (in the city center). Vegetarian restaurant run by Chinese (as is the case for more and more restaurants in Salvador now). Serving typical dishes based around ginger. Very popular with the local alternative crowd. Buffet including fruit juice and dessert.
  • Quiosque de Amaralina, Ave Otávio Mangabeira, Amaralina. Serving acarajé near the beach from 4 PM to midnight.
  • Bistrô PortoSol, (on a cross-street near Porto da Barra). Small, cozy Austrian-Hungarian restaurant run by an Austrian and his wife. Simple accommodations decorated with posters of classic Hollywood movies. Quite delicious.
  • Companhia da Pizza, Rio Vermelho (on a cross-street near the Pestana Bahia and Blue Tree Towers hotels). One of the city's most popular pizza restaurants.
  • La Figa, Rua das Laranjeiras 17, Pelourinho (near Terreiro de Jesus). The new owner changed the name in June 2007 (It was previously known as La Lupa), but the high quality, good service and good atmosphere remain the same.
  • Maria Mata Mouro, Pelourinho (near São Francisco church). Small, with only twelve tables but the service is great. Try the shrimp.
  • Meridiano, Ave Tancredo Neves (in front of the Casa do Comércio building). Gourmet cuisine at moderate prices. Excellent service.
  • São Salvador, (on the grounds of the Salvador Trade Center). Buffet with a refined atmosphere.
  • Panela da Bahia, Pelourinho, Rua Frei Vicente, 7. Bahian food and drinks with exotic flavors at very reasonable prices. Try the Moqueca de camarao com banana. It is exquisite. 
  • Hostel galeria 13, Pelourinho, Rua da ordem terceira no 23. The new European owner offers Pelourinho a much-needed variety of international dishes & Spanish tapas. The menu includes a great selection of vegetarian meals from around the world. You can enjoy your meal in the unique Morrocan chill out room or in their patio garden. They also offer those great juices with a touch of ginger 'refreshing', or maybe a caipirinha with watermelon. The quantities are very generous an the prices are extremely fair.
  • Amado, Ave Contorno. Contemporary cuisine.
  • Barbacoa, Ave Tancredo Neves. Fine meat dishes and some of Salvador's best feijoada in a refined atmosphere.
  • Boi Preto, Boca do Rio (in front of Aeroclube Plaza Show near the Convention Center). One of the best churrascarias in town. Full buffet and salad bar plus unlimited fine cuts of meat.
  • Casa do Comércio, Ave Tancredo Neves, 11F (in the heart of the financial district). A good place to eat well and take in a panoramic view of Salvador.
  • Marc Le Dantec, Pier Sul Apartment Service, Ondina. The best French restaurant in the city.
  • Mistura, Itapoã. Specializing in fish and international cuisine.
  • Yemanjá, Ave Otávio Mangabeira 9292, Pitubá, 231-5570. Long held nationally and internationally as the standard in typical Bahian cuisine.
  • Ki Mukeka, one of the best typical bahia food.
No trip to a Salvador restaurant is complete without dessert. The Bahia region is famed for its sweet tooth. A Cubana located at Rua Alfredo de Brito 12 is open daily from 8 am until 10 pm. It is an old fashioned ice-cream parlor or sorvetoria with 28 homemade flavors.


  • Beco dos Artistas, near Campo Grande. A dark alley with a diversified crowd and festive local bars that spill out into the street. Particularly popular among young black urban locals, tourists are rarely seen here. But for an LGBT experience that feels very different from major gay cities around the world, bring a local friend and come. The area has various bars and a restaurant. 
  • Bohemia Music Bar, Jardim Brasil. The comfortable atmosphere, live music, and a varied menu make this a popular pick-up spot. The place often checks for IDs at the entrance.
  • Chuleta, Vale do Canela (near the UFBA campus and the neighborhoods of Graça and Vitória). Boteco frequented by university students, famous for its cheap beer and for the meat snack from which the bar takes its name. Open air, plastic tables.
  • Largo de Santana, Rio Vermelho. This busy street has various bars and restaurants, and some of the best acarajé in town.
  • Mercado do Peixe, Rio Vermelho (at the seaside in front of the Blue Tree Towers Hotel). One of the best after-hours spots, Mercado do Peixe is a real Salvador institution. During the day it is, as its name suggests, a traditional seafood market.
  • Sankofa African Bar e Restaurante, Rua Frei Vicente, No 7, Pelourinho. In the middle of the Pelourinho. Live bands (salsa, samba, reggae, zouk, semba) and DJ's spinning African, Brasilian and world music. Tasty African dishes and drinks are also offered. African flags, maps, and artworks adorn the walls. The top floor has a projection system showing films and documentaries.
  • Hostel Galeria 13, Pelourinho, Rua da ordem terceira no 23. The new native English speaking owner has traveled & worked in many famous bars & clubs around the world you will get a chance to check out his knowledge of drinks. They offer great juices with a touch of ginger 'refreshing', or maybe a caipirinha or roska with water melon already being boasted the best in Brasil, a big Claim take him up on it. You can enjoy your drinks in the garden or the most original spot in Pelourinho, the Morrocan "chill out" room.
  • Bar Zulu,Pelourinho,Rua das laranjeiras no 15. tel 87843172. A very international bar & vegetarian restaurant. A mix of staff from all over the world brings you a cool corner bar with terrace & individual bar tables in every window, great for people watching. The bar offers the most original menu in The "Pelo", Spanish tapas, salads, sandwiches, international dishes & a vast choice of great veggie dishes from around the world. The bar has a feel of a trendy Spanish tapas bar with some of the friendliest girls serving with a smile. Try there house special Caipirinha "zumarangi" strawberry & passion fruit. The owner promises they will soon be providing a sports tv, so a great spot for catching European footie

Shopping in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador shopping is the bargain hunters paradise. There is nothing that you cannot find in a mall. If you plan to buy popular art, crafts and clothing, check the small stores at the Old Town or head to the Mercado Modelo (Model Market). Locals like to shop at American-style shopping malls.
  • Shopping da Bahia (formerly Shopping Iguatemi)
  • Salvador Shopping
  • Shopping Barra
  • Shopping Itaigara
  • Shopping Center Lapa
  • Shopping Piedade
  • Bahia Outlet Center
  • Salvador Norte Shopping
  • Shopping Bela Vista
The first thing that anyone wanting to shop in Salvador should know is that it is essential to barter. very few vendors will stick to their given price. If pushed they will always go lower. If you are looking for souvenirs you may want to check out Litoral Norte located at Rua Gregorio de Matos 30. They sell t-shirts and other items. If you want local art you should visit Pelourhino. There are many galleries that double as stores. Galeria 13 at Rua Santa Isabel 13 displays work by local artists.

Safety in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador is notorious for street crime, and for a tourist that wanders carelessly in the streets, the likelihood of a mugging or armed robbery is considerably higher than in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Salvador recognizes the importance of tourism to the city economy, so most important tourist sites such as Pelourinho and Mercado Modelo, as well as main popular festivals like the Carnival, are usually heavily guarded.

If you are moving on foot, by bicycle, or by bus, it's best to go out during the day. Avoid bringing anything valuable, just enough to enjoy your day. The Flamengo and Stella Maris beaches are among the safest places to go during the day, and they are the best option if you just want to enjoy a good beach without much local culture. In other places, try to stay at areas guarded by police.

As a general rule, be suspicious if people approach you directly in a friendly way as they may want money or to sell you something.

Stay at reasonably crowded places. If you don't see other tourists where you are, you should take extra caution.
  • Some areas, which are strongly frequented by foreigners, can become dangerous, i.e. the Barra harbour area.
  • The long sloping road leading from the old town to the harbor should be avoided even during the day. ALWAYS take the elevator.
  • If you are staying in the touristic Barra area, beware of the favela near Shopping Barra. The area just to the east toward the beach can be dangerous as well.
  • Beware of vehicular traffic. Crossing the streets is always dangerous even when using a pedestrian crosswalk with the traffic light red for cars. As one member of Supergrass band once said: "In Brazil green means go, and red means go faster!" Start the crossing ONLY when vehicles have already stopped.
  • Never agree to share a taxi with other random people, especially if they approach you. Most likely it's just a trap to rob you!
  • Watch out for children in Pelourinho, especially on Tuesdays at the Geronimo Concert at the old church - they are reaching out for any low pockets in cargo pants!
When Shopping always check the price first. Always ask for a Coupon Fiscal it ensures that the company or individual you are purchasing from pays the proper tax. Be particularly aware of Banca and Kiosks on the street as they may charge you more for being an estrangeiro (foreigner).

Language spoken in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Bahians, like all Brazilians, speak Portuguese. The accent, however, is different from that of other regions of the country. Today due to tourism expansion there are some people who speak English in touristic areas and hotels, but since it is not widely spoken, if you do not speak Portuguese you would be wise to bring a small travel dictionary.


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Sao Francisco Church and Convent, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Average: 10 (10 votes)

The São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador (Portuguese: Convento e Igreja de São Francisco) is located in the historical centre of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, Brazil. The convent and its church are very important colonial monuments in Brazil. The friars of the Franciscan Order arrived in Salvador in 1587 and soon built a convent and...
Bay of All Saints, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Average: 9.1 (10 votes)

The Bay of All Saints (Portuguese: Baía de Todos os Santos), also known as All Saints' Bay and Todos os Santos Bay, is the principal bay of the Brazilian state of Bahia, to which it gave its name. Todos os Santos Bay sits on the eastern coast of Brazil, surrounding part of Bahia's capital Salvador and opening to the Atlantic Ocean. It covers 1,223...
Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Salvador, Brazil
Average: 9.7 (10 votes)

The Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Portuguese: Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim) is the most famous of the Catholic churches of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, Brazil. It was built in the 18th century on a hill in the Itapagipe Peninsula, in the lower town of Salvador. The church is the subject of intense religious devotion by the people of...
Barra (neighborhood), Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Average: 9 (10 votes)

Barra is a neighborhood located in the south zone of the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Barra is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city, and is also one of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists, with many attractions, like Farol da Barra Lighthouse, Morro do Cristo Hill, Farol da Barra Beach, and Porto da Barra Beach. Barra...
Historic Center (Salvador), Brazil
Average: 9.7 (10 votes)

The Historic Center (US) or Centre (UK; Portuguese: Centro Historico) of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, also known as the Pelourinho (Portuguese for "Pillory") or Pelo, is a historic neighborhood in western Salvador, Bahia. It was the city's center during the Portuguese colonial period and was named for the whipping post in its central plaza where...
Ondina, Salvador, Brazil
Average: 9 (10 votes)

Ondina is a neighborhood located in the southern zone of Salvador, Bahia. Carnival ends here, several kilometers up from Barra. Ondina has a nice urban beach and some of the big, standard-style hotels (Othon Palace, Portobello, etc.). Features It is characterized by luxurious shelter, in addition to the campus of the Federal University of...
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Average: 9.3 (10 votes)

The Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, also known as Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, is a football-specific stadium located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and has a maximum capacity of 55,000 people. The stadium was built in place of the older Estádio Fonte Nova. The stadium was first used for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and...
Porto da Barra Beach, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Average: 9 (11 votes)

Porto da Barra Beach is located in Barra neighborhood in the city of Salvador, Brazil. It is located at the entrance of the Baía de Todos os Santos, with a small, white colonial fort at one end and a whitewashed church sitting up on a hill at the other. As the beach is in a bay, the water is calm (given that it is right in the heart of Brazil's...
Ladeira da Preguica, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Average: 9.3 (10 votes)

The Ladeira da Preguiça (steep street of Laziness), located at the traditional Dois de Julho neighbourhood in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, is an important way from a historical and cultural perspective. History The Ladeira da Preguiça was one of the first three slopes built in Salvador (probably, at the 17th century), just after the opening of the...
Cathedral of Salvador, Brazil
Average: 8.8 (10 votes)

The Cathedral Basilica of Salvador (Catedral Basílica de Salvador), officially dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ and named Primatial Cathedral Basilica of the Transfiguration of the Lord is the seat of the Archbishop of the city of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, in Brazil. The Archbishop of Salvador is also ex officio Primate of Brazil...

Latest travel blogs about Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Brazil. Salvador. Upper city. Streets. P3

This is Praca Castro Avec Square, where the monument to Castro Alves is located.  City on the one side. An interesting triangle building, City on the other side. And we go there! In the middle of the street you see an ancient non-working clock. And his beautiful building...

We have already seen the lower city when we were on the Praca Tome de Sousa Square. On the left there is a Lacerde Elevator , connecting upper and lower cities. Modelo Market is straightway, and San Marcelo Fort is afar. It is high time to see the lower city. This is the upper deck of Lacerde...
Our route leads us down from the Largo do Pelourinho Square. Blue Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos is left behind. On the top there are towers of Do Carmo Church. Do Carmo Church was founded in 1585. And, as you see, there are a great number of stairs in front of it. Nearby is located...
So, we're on the Largo do Pelourinho Square . On the right you can see the Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos.  On the left Elvis Presley waves us from the balcony :) On the back you can see towers of Do Carmo Church. First of all, we drank a glass of juice. This is a City Museum. A...
We came from there (there is a Cathedral over there). Now we lead to Pelourinho district. Let's turn here and pass by the San Francisco Monastery . Church of Terseira de Sao Francisco is nearby. It was built in 1703. Such a marvelous carving on the Portugal sandstone. We go ahead. If...
Sao Francisco Church and Monastery are known to be the most luxuriously decorated buildings in whole Brazil. Due to a legend it took 1000 kg of gold to decorate the Church. Let's have a look! The entrance is on the left. This is an entrance to the gallery. In the gallery and the inner yard you...
Salvador is the city where major part of population is Afro American people. They are descendants of former slaves, who were brought here from Africa. Despite hundreds years of slavery, planting of Catholicizm, they didn't forget their gods and built their churches. But here are a lot of Catholic...