Salvador

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Salvador which includes a square or plaza, outdoor eating and an administrative building

This energetic coastal city has a grandiose old town, superb art museums, pristine beaches and glitzy festivals, which celebrate its Afro-Brazilian roots.

Spread over cliffs on Brazil’s central-eastern coastline, Salvador (officially Salvador de Bahía) is a city with a magnificent setting combined with an exciting, energetic atmosphere. Explore a picture-perfect historic center, visit eclectic art galleries, relax at beach suburbs and be part of flamboyant festivals. Founded by the Portuguese in 1549, Salvador was Brazil’s capital for over 200 years. Today, it’s the spiritual home of the country’s Afro-Brazilian culture.

Start your visit in the UNESCO-protected Historic Center, which is laden with colorful colonial mansions and African and Amerindian-influenced architecture. At its heart is Pelourinho, a district dominated by 17th- and 18th-century churches. Among these are Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People and São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador.

Admire the Cathedral of Salvador, browse artisan stalls and watch capoeira performers at the architecturally impressive Terreiro de Jesus square. Find over 200 handicraft shops and sample typical Bahía cuisine, such as acarajé (spiced beans deep fried in palm oil), at Mercado Modelo.

Art lovers are spoiled for choice at Salvador’s galleries and museums. Make time for the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Sacred Art and Museum of Street Art of Salvador. Learn about Brazil’s close ties with African traditions at the Afro-Brazilian Museum.

Miles of beautiful beaches run around the coastline. Much of this is connected by a waterfront promenade. Popular spots include Farol da Barra Beach and Porto da Barra Beach in the neighborhood of Barra, where you’ll find a busy nightlife scene. Catch a boat to the tropical islands of Ilha de Itaparica and Ilha dos Frades.

Be sure to spend some time in the city’s parks. Parque Costa Azul and Parque Metropolitano de Pituaçu are just a 30-minute drive from the city center. Attend a soccer match or concert at Fonte Nova Stadium.

Reach Salvador by flying to Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport. Get around Salvador’s Historic Center on foot and use the metro and public buses to access areas outside of here. Consistently mild temperatures make Salvador a year-round destination. Come in early December for the National Samba Day and stay until February or March for the extravagant Salvador Carnival.

Where to stay in Salvador

Wish Hotel da Bahia
Wish Hotel da Bahia
5 out of 5
Avenida Sete de Setembro, 1537, Salvador, Bahia
The price is £64 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Located in Salvador Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castro Alves Theater, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, and Solar do Unhão. Bahia Marina ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (766 reviews)
"Hotel room was amazing, food was good, and staff was very attentive and caring."

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2021

Wish Hotel da Bahia
Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive
Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Rodovia BA 099, Km 56, Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, BA
Nestled on the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park, Papa-Gente Beach and Praia do Forte Beach. Humpback ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (612 reviews)
"The hotel is fantastic ! The food, oh my Gosh ! The food is so good and so fresh, the staff is attentive and kind. We played tennis every day, some courts needs attention ( net was broken and bathroom was dirty). the special restaurants were awesome, we bought 2 bottles of wine with reasonable prices, ..."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

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Iberostar Selection Praia do Forte All Inclusive
Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Rodovia BA 099 KM 56, Praia do Forte, Mata de Sao Joao, BA
Nestled on the beach, this Mata de Sao Joao resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Klaus Peters Municipal Natural Park, Papa-Gente Beach and Praia do Forte Beach. Humpback ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (692 reviews)
Overall Okay
"Beautiful property located at the beautiful Praia do Forte Beach. Nice rooms but the food at all Iberostar hotel around the world is mediocre. Drinks were not premium but were OK. Great service and excellent customer service. overall, I had a good stay but I would not return.."

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2021

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Iberostar Bahia Hotel All Inclusive
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Stellamares Apartamentos
Stellamares Apartamentos
2 out of 5
Avenida General Severino Filho 700, Salvador
The price is £19 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Located in Itapua, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Stella Maris beach, Vinicius de Moraes Square and Itapua Lighthouse. Itapua Beach and ...
2.9/5 (19 reviews)
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"A limpeza do local precaria inclusive da piscina que passou a maior parte do tempo cheia ,o tempo que ficou disponivel estava suja , as condiçoes de limpeza da cozinha precaria , inclusive do quarto , resumindo , mim decepcionei com a opção."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Stellamares Apartamentos
Casa 7 Quartos pé na Areia em Guarajuba - BA
Casa 7 Quartos pé na Areia em Guarajuba - BA
Aratubaia Quadra 1, lote 5, Condomínio, Paraíso Praia de Guarajuba, Camacari, BA
Nestled on the beach, this Canto do Mar holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia do Genipabu and Guarajuba Beach. Barra do Jacuipe Beach and Itacrimirim Beach ...
Casa 7 Quartos pé na Areia em Guarajuba - BA
Salvador Business Flat
Salvador Business Flat
3.5 out of 5
Rua Alceu Amoroso Lima 440, Caminho das Árvores, Salvador, BA
The price is £29 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Located in Caminho das Arvores, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Salvador Shopping Mall, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fonte Nova Stadium and São Francisco ...
3.7/5 Good! (201 reviews)
"Elevators are slow and hotel is outdated .........."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Salvador Business Flat
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