Fabulous historic legacy, Bahian cuisine and vibrant arts scene
With its easy-going and welcoming people it is not surprising that Salvador claims the reputation as Brazil’s “capital of happiness”!
Its position on the Northeast coast is ideal for a few days of immersion in urban Brazil before heading off to relax on the world class beaches of Bahia or walking in the Chapada Diamantina.
As the first capital of Brazil, Salvador is steeped in history and contains some of Brazil’s finest architecture, one of the highlights being the breathtaking baroque Convent and Church of Sao Francisco in the historic Pelourinho district, itself a World Heritage site containing almost eight hundred 17th century buildings. But the city also offers a balance between the old and the new, which together makes it one of the most diverse and interesting places in Brazil.
Apart from the architecture, visitors should go to the Museu Afro-Brasiliero which documents the impact of the slave trade and the development of the culture of the large black population in Bahia, including the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé which is unique to this part of Brazil.
Then to sample the best of Bahian cuisine head to the Pelourinho or Barra districts to dine on a mocequa or one of the many other delicious local specialities which are often best sampled in unpretentious small family run restaurants, or alternatively treat yourself to a fine dining experience at one of the city’s top class restaurants – whichever your preference we can guide you in the right direction.
The music variety takes in small bands playing outside cafes, highly gymnastic Capoeira shows (lessons can be arranged!) or nightclubs until the early hours. At one of the many religious festivals you will also come across local samba displays, mesmerizing drumming bands and spectacular street capoeira displays.
Some visitors have found walking round the city after dark an intimidating experience, but the taxis are safe and a major programme to improve security has recently been implemented. At the end of the day, Salvador is an appealing city with a beating heart.
To spend some time in one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture and enjoy an urban experience steeped in history, give us a call or send us a message.
Places we love to stay
Fera Palace Hotel
The attention to detail in the design here, along with exceptional service make this a fantastic hotel option in Salvador.View details about Fera Palace Hotel
A beautifully restored colonial town house which is now a fine boutique hotel next to the Sao Francisco Church and Convent in the heart of the Pelourinho.View details about Villa Bahia
Zank Boutique Hotel
Well appointed boutique hotel overlooking the Atlantic Coast in one of Salvador’s prime residential districts.View details about Zank Boutique Hotel
Delightfully restored home in the old town with excellent views of the city from its position on top of a hill.View details about Aram Yami