Salvador is one of the most visited capitals of the Northeast.
Among the most visited sights of Salvador, are the traditional and beautiful Old Town with the magic Pelourinho, the Mercado Modelo, Lacerda Elevator and the Lighthouse Bar.
The beach around Salvador has peculiar characteristics and attract the attention of tourists. From Praia da Ribeira, located in Cidade Baixa to Itapua Beach, at the end of the waterfront, all of them has natural beauties that deserve to be visited.
Salvador has so many beauties and attractions, that to know and enjoy every one of them you need to stay more days. And not to mention food and the joy of the people of Bahia that is contagious t . So if you plan to travel to Salvador now or later, meet some of Salvador hotels and enjoy all that the city offers.
Places to visit
Salvador’s Cidade Alta (Upper Town), Was the governmental and residential center when the city was the capital of the colony of Brazil, sits on an escarpment 85 meters above the shore. At its heart, in the district known as Pelourinho, is the finest ensemble of 17th- and 18th-century colonial buildings in Latin America, so outstanding that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Rua Gregório de Matos are the Museu da Cidade (City Museum), with life-size Candomblé figures used in ceremonial dances, and the Abelardo Rodrigues Museum,containing sacred art and folk art, housed in a 1701 mansion. Prédio do Senac is a school of gastronomy where you can sample typical Bahian dishes; in the evenings you can often find dance performances and other folk events here. Also in the Pelourinho quarter is the Casa de Benin, devoted to the culture of the old kingdom of Benin (now southern Nigeria), from which most of the slaves were shipped to Bahia.
In a city known for its strikingly ornate churches, São Francisco stands out as the most highly decorated, its interior awash in gold-covered wood carving. The church mingles Mannerist and Baroque styles and was built between 1708 and 1750. The ceiling is painted in scenes and themes associated with the Virgin Mary, and the choir combines elaborate wood carving with tiled pictures.
Elevador Lacerda (Elevator to Upper Town)
The upper and lower towns are linked by steep streets and a number of lifts, including the Plano Inclinado de Gonçalves (a funicular) and the Elevador Lacerda, a dramatic free-standing elevator that has become a landmark of Salvador. Built in 1930, the Art Deco elevator links Praça Cairu in the harbor area with Praça Tomé de Souza in the historic old town. From the terrace formed by the upper plaza, Praça Tomé de Souza, there is a superb view of the lower town and the harbor. On Praça Tomé de Souza are a number of 17th-century buildings, including striking whitePalácio Rio Branco, one of Brazil’s most historic palaces and formerly the seat of the Bahian government.
Salvador is an area in Brazil deeply influenced by its African roots, and no doubt you will discover its treasures on your journey to its beaches (“praias”). The best beaches within the Salvador region of Brazil are those that lay farthest east and north of the mouth of the bay.
The first beach north of the city on the Bahia de os Santos is clean and wide, boasting calm waters and golden sand. This beach attracts many local families on the weekends.
Praia da Barra
This popular beach in Barra is conveniently accessed from the hotel districts Ondina and Rio Vermelho. Although beautiful, this spot is not recommended for swimming due to its dangerous rocky outcroppings along the shore. Pollution is also unfortunately a problem along Avenida Oceanica in Barra.
One of the nicest beaches along Avenida Oceanica is this long strand popular with surfers and the young crowd. Numerous shaded kiosks offer up seafood, beer and cocktails. Located south of Parque metropolitan de Pituacu.
If you’re curious how the locals live, visit this beach on a Sunday, when it will be teeming with families, teens, and vendors. Known as the “working-class beach” in the area, Boa Viagem offers great people-watching opportunities from a stone seawall, as well as frequent pickup soccer games on the sand.
Praia de Amaralina
This beach is an epicenter for excellent food, surfing, and windsurfing. Praia dos Artistas A great, safe beach for swimmers, especially children.
Located in an artist village, this beach has an eclectic atmosphere and its waters are dark with fine white sand. Be sure to sample one of the many tasty food kiosks, especially the “acaraje”, a spicy fried-bean snack. There are plenty nearby venues for live music. This area was once a whale cemetery; bones are still commonly found. Located 10 miles northeast of downtown Itapua.
Praia do Forte
This is a must-do day trip just north of Salvador, known as a well-developed fishing village turned resort and host to the country’s largest endangered sea turtle preservation project. Go September through March to witness green and hawksbill turtles build nests and lay eggs on the shore. Full moon tours are available as the turtles usually do their egg laying around midnight, particularly during a full moon.