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It lies 11 miles southeast of Itaparica and 660 miles east of Brasilia, the national capital.
Want to start your getaway with a bang? A famed attraction, Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra should be at the top of your schedule.
Project Tamar Turtle Sanctuary and Rolf Aquatic Park are lovely places to have some quality time with the kids. The Plano Inclinado Gonçalves and the Circuito de Cinema - Sala de Arte are also worth a visit if the little ones still have energy to burn.
You'll have a blast investigating the native and exotic creatures at the Salvador Zoo. If your time is limited, find the information desk and grab a map so you can quickly find the park's key exhibits.
Pack a few snacks and relax for while in the quiet, green surroundings of Costa Azul Park and Metropolitan Park of Abaeté. Pituacu Metropolitan Park and Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu are two more pleasant spots to while away the afternoon and catch up on some reading.
Dique do Tororo and Dique de Tororo are fantastic for scenic walks and bird-watching.
Be sure to take an afternoon to check out the picturesque stretches of surrounding coast, such as Porto da Barra Beach and Praia do Forte Beach. You could also test out the water temperature at Farol da Barra Beach and Boa Viagem Beach.
Need some time away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Head on over to Sapiranga Ecological Reserve and Abaete Lagoon. Timeantube Lagoon and Tamar Project are also popular with nature-loving locals.
See the world in a new light with a visit to one of the area's wonderfully curated cultural institutions. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the varied collections at the Museu Náutico da Bahia and the Ruy Barbosa House. The Santa Casa da Misericordia museum and the Museum of Religious Art are also worth a visit.
Stories of this region's maritime past are imbedded on the collection of vessel fragments on display at the Nautical Museum of Bahia.
The natural world contains more treasures than we could hope to see in just one lifetime. Luckily, institutions such as the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia and the Museu Afro-Brasileiro make it easy for us by putting them all in one location. The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also houses an excellent collection of specimens.
Want to check out some art? You'll find galleries of all sizes here. Start your explorations of this creative destination with a stop at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Sacred Art. If you have time afterwards, the Museu de Arte da Bahia and the Museu Carlos Costa Pinto are also well worth checking out.
How can you possibly prepare for the ever-changing future if you don't understand the past? Head down to the Afro Brazilian Museum!
To discover more about the area's rich and colorful past, make sure you visit its historic sites. Commence your history tour at the Federal University of Bahia or the Hippie Village. More stories from the days of old are waiting for you at Solar do Unhão and Câmara Municipal.
Impressive historic fortifications, Sao Lourenco Fort and Sao Marcelo Fort allow us a fascinating insight into the area's military history. Many tourists are also impressed with the towering walls of Our Lady of Monte Serrat Fort and Sao Diogo Fort.
Boasting ornate architecture and sprawling gardens, the grand palaces here are an impressive sight. You'll feel like you've stumbled into the pages of a fairytale upon entering Rio Blanco Palace and Palácio Rio Branco.
Hop into the pages of a medieval tale and have a close look at the awesome architecture of Tower House of Garcia d'Avila.
The area's spiritual side can be found at Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador. You could also check for tours at Sao Francisco Church and Cathedral of Salvador.
Before you pack your suitcase and make your way home, make sure you see a few of Salvador's other attractions. Bahia Marina and All Saints Bay might be just what the doctor ordered. If you have more time to spare, also visit the Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado and the Bahia State Central Public Library.
This Mata de Sao Joao resort is on the beach, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sapiranga Ecological Reserve and Timeantube Lagoon. Humpback Whale Institute and Reserva de Sapiranga are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Salvador, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Salvador Shopping Mall, Costa Azul Park and Iguatemi Shopping Mall. Bahia Convention Center and Garden of Allah are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao resort is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sapiranga Ecological Reserve and Timeantube Lagoon. Humpback Whale Institute and Reserva de Sapiranga are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This family-friendly Salvador hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ondina Beach, Jesus da Barra and Farol da Barra Beach. Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra and Porto da Barra Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Costa do Sauipe resort is within a 5-minute walk of Vila Nova da Praia and Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres Chapel. Praia da Barra em Sauipe and Praca de Meio Dia are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Salvador, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Metropolitan Park of Abaeté and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Abaete Lagoon. Agricultural Exhibition Park of Salvador and Dom Bosco Theater are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Salvador, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Castro Alves Theater, Museum of Modern Art and Porto da Barra Beach. Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra and Jesus da Barra are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Salvador, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castro Alves Theater and Museum of Modern Art. Fonte Nova Stadium and Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador are also within 1 mile (2 km).