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It is roughly 660 miles east of Brasilia, the national capital. It's also approximately 11 miles southeast of Itaparica.
Want to start your trip with a bang? A renowned sight, Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra is something you won't want to miss.
Project Tamar Turtle Sanctuary and Rolf Aquatic Park are nice places to have some time with your kids. Want more? The Plano Inclinado Gon\u00E7alves and the Circuito de Cinema - Sala de Arte are also highly recommended by parents.
The Salvador Zoo is a great place to bring your group for a fascinating afternoon among exotic critters. If you don't have much time, be sure to take a map so you don't miss any of the key exhibits.
For fresh air and relaxation, pack a picnic and find a shady corner at one of the area's leafy urban parks, such as Dique do Tororo or Sapiranga Ecological Reserve. There's also plenty of room to relax at Costa Azul Park and Abaete Lagoon.
Gaze out over the reflective water, do some bird-watching and check for water-based activities at Dique de Tororo and Lake of Alegria.
If you feel like strolling along a shoreline, watching the seabirds or just relaxing by the water's edge, make your way to Porto da Barra Beach or Praia do Forte Beach. You could also test the water temperature out at Farol da Barra Beach and Boa Viagem Beach.
Take a deep breath and admire the natural world at Timeantube Lagoon and Tamar Project. Your mind and body will also thank you for a visit to Reserva de Sapiranga.
Spend a day or two exploring some of the delightful exhibition spaces nearby. The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Sacred Art offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Equally rewarding are the Fundacao Casa de Jorge Amado and the Afro Brazilian Museum.
Examine old watercraft models and nautical artifacts as you wander through the exhibition spaces at the Nautical Museum of Bahia.
The natural world offers more riches than just one person could hope to see in a lifetime. Luckily, places such as the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia and the Museu Afro-Brasileiro do us a favor by housing them all in one location. The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology also houses a terrific collection.
Are you an art aficionado? There are galleries of all sizes here. Start your tour of this creative destination at the Museu de Arte da Bahia and the Museu Carlos Costa Pinto. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left, wind up your afternoon at the Museu de Arte Moderna and the Museu da Cidade.
The Federal University of Bahia and Sao Lourenco Fort are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not a passionate history buff. When it comes to days of old, the stories are countless. Tower House of Garcia d'Avila and Sao Marcelo Fort are two more great places to check out.
You'll get a sense of Salvador's military past by heading out and exploring Our Lady of Monte Serrat Fort and Sao Diogo Fort.
Boasting striking architecture and manicured gardens, the palatial abodes here will leave you green with envy. You'll feel as though you've found your way into a fairytale upon entering the sumptuous interior of Rio Blanco Palace and Pal\u00E1cio Rio Branco.
Discover the region's spiritual side and take some time to reflect at Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and Sao Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador. If you want to explore more religious sites, check for tours at Sao Francisco Church and Cathedral of Salvador.
Before you pack your suitcase and head home, make sure you visit a few of the area's lesser-known attractions. Bahia Marina and All Saints Bay might catch your interest. If you have more time to spare, also visit the Bahia State Central Public Library and the Humpback Whale Institute.
You won't have any troubles finding the perfect short or long stay accommodation in Salvador. Expedia's lodging guide offers 126 options in this highly regarded destination.
Kick-start the search for the ideal Salvador accommodation by checking out the services at the lovely Aram Yami Hotel, at Rua Direita de Santo Ant\u00F4nio, 132, and the Monte Pascoal Praia Hotel, at Av. Oce\u00E2nica, 591. The Porto Salvador Hotel, at Rua Barao de Itapoan, 60, and the Laranjeiras Hostel, at Rua da Ordem Terceira, 13 - Pelourinho are two cheaper offerings that you may find worth investigating if you're traveling on a tight budget.
Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra is a must-see for visitors to Salvador, and staying in the vicinity is a good way to ensure you get the chance to fully appreciate it. The Hotel Sol Barra can be found just 0.5 miles away. Another close option is the Grande Hotel da Barra.
Nestled on the beach, this Rio Vermelho hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Paciencia Beach and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Jesus da Barra. Amaralina Beach and Salvador Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 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).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Metropolitan Park of Abaeté, Abaete Lagoon and Itapua Beach. Dom Bosco Theater and Armação Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Flamengo hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vinicius de Moraes Square, Jaguaribe Beach and Itapua Lighthouse. Flamengo Beach and Itapua Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Salvador, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Metropolitan Park of Abaeté, Abaete Lagoon and Itapua Beach. Dom Bosco Theater and Armação Beach 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 steps away from Vila Nova da Praia and Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres Chapel. Praca de Meio Dia and Praia da Barra em Sauipe are also within 9 mi (15 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).