savior held the title of the country's first capital for 200 years and can be considered the historic cradle of Brazil. The city is home to several churches, forts and hundreds of 17th and 18th century mansions that house museums and souvenir shops, spread mainly in Pelourinho, a neighborhood and historic center of the city, located in an area known as Cidade Alta, one of the main tourist attractions. destination postcards.

The mixture of cultures, beliefs and races, together with the fun calendar of popular festivals, attract thousands of tourists, making the Bahian capital one of the most visited destinations in the country.

The tourist who chooses savior You can go to the beach in the morning, take a walk to the Historic Center in the afternoon, have dinner in one of the city's good restaurants and go dancing at rehearsals for carnival groups or to the sound of other musical styles. Other leisure options are theaters, such as Castro Alves, Jorge Amado and Vila Velha. You can still go to Farol da Barra to see the sunset or to Baía de Todos os Santos, favorite places for tourists and residents of Salvador. The Mercado Modelo is the point chosen by many tourists to buy souvenirs from the destination, including lace, regional spices, berimbaus and all kinds of handicrafts produced in the state.

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The liveliest city in Brazil manages to transform everything into a party, it has the feast of flavors, the Bahian board, the open rehearsals of the blocos, the Candomblé and Christian devotion feast, capoeira, the sunset party at Farol da Barra, handicrafts, architectural heritage, regattas, there are so many celebrations, that it is possible to hear the expression “when the Bahian is not at a party, it is because he is getting ready for the next one”.

It's not just the landscapes that will make you fall in love with savior, gastronomy is another strong point of Bahian culture. In addition to the traditional acarajés, the typical recipes of this region of Brazil, such as bobó, moqueca, vatapá and caruru, are considered gastronomic relics of the Bahia.

What to do in Salvador

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Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Historic Center of Salvador it is full of slopes with colorful historic mansions. The square is home to several restaurants, shops and bars that are located inside the colonial buildings. One way to reach the place is taking the Elevador Lacerda, another postcard of the city, which connects the lower city to the upper city.


Always full on weekends beach do Farol da Barra is the busiest in the capital. During low tides, some natural pools are formed, perfect for children. Take advantage of the proximity to other coastal attractions in the region and take a walk to Porto da Barra, another very popular beach among the residents of the Bahian capital. Other nearby options are Praia de Ondina, Praia do Buracão and Praia da Paciência.

Immortalized by Vinícius de Moraes to beach of Itapuã is one of the most famous of savior and very busy, the postcard is formed by the lighthouse, the green waters of the coast and the extensive coconut grove that accompanies the strip of sand.

Neighboring Itapuã and Stella Maris, Praia do Flamengo is a calm place suitable for those who want to rest. Its coconut trees, along the edge, provide a very beautiful landscape.

Church of Our Lord of Bonfim

Famous for being the setting for the traditional celebration of the “washing of Bonfim, the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim is the most famous in the city. The building has a beautiful decoration in neoclassical style and its facade is covered with Portuguese tiles from the 19th century.

Church and Convent of San Francisco

One of the main constructions of Baroque architecture, the church is located in Pelourinho and has about 800 kg of gold decorating its interior.

Jorge Amado House Foundation

The residence of Casal Jorge Amado and Zélia Gattai has become a memorial open to visitors and managed by the city of Salvador. The space displays several videos, sound effects and interactive photographs and keeps the furniture and fixtures that were restored and the ashes of the two writers that were deposited in the mansion's garden.

Solar do Unhão

The place is ideal for those looking to take a cultural tour in Salvador. Built in the 17th century, it houses the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia and brings together more than 2,000 works by Brazilian painters, including Tarsila do Amaral, Di Cavalcanti and Candido Portinari.

Model market

Built in 1861, Mercado Modelo is located in Cidade Baixa and has several stalls that offer a multitude of typical products from the region.

Fort Mont Serrat

A great way to admire the Bay of All Saints is to visit Fort Mont Serrat. Built in 1687 and 1742, the building underwent several renovations after the invasions of opponents.

Barra Lighthouse

The Farol da Barra, built in 1698, is located in the Santo Antônio da Barra Fort and is open to visitors. From the top of its 22 meters high you will have a beautiful view of the Bay of All Saints. Inside the fort, the visitor will also be able to visit the Nautical Museum of Bahia, which houses a representative collection of the entire maritime history of the first Brazilian capital.

Red River

Considered one of the most popular neighborhoods in Salvador, Rio Vermelho has a huge variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The concentration usually takes place in Praça da Dinha and in the old Fish Market, a space that was revitalized and today houses several gastronomic options with live music.

Other tourist attractions in Salvador:

  • Friars Island
  • Morro do Cristo
  • Point of Humaita
  • Castro Alves Theater
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Blacks
  • Palacete das Artes Rodin Bahia
  • Bahia Museum of Art
  • Carlos Costa Pinto Museum

How to get to Salvador

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By airplane

Salvador International Airport is modern and receives daily flights from the main capitals of Brazil.

By car

From victory: 1,165 km on the BR-101
From Aracaju: 316 km via BA-099 and SE-100
From Minas Gerais: 1,400 km with access BR-101 after Feira de Santana

By bus

The city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. For up-to-date information on which companies operate to Salvador, it is worth calling the bus station in the capital of Bahia.
Salvador bus station
Tel: (71) 3450-0333

Best time to visit Salvador

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The Bahian capital receives sunshine almost every day of the year and its thermometer is always between 24ºC and 27ºC. Summer is the hottest and busiest time in the city, so if you plan to visit Salvador between December and February, plan everything in advance – from ticket purchase to accommodation. The time of year when it rains the most is from April to July.

New Year's Eve is another time when the city receives many tourists. The turn of the year in Salvador is the most sought after among cities in the Brazilian northeast. The celebrations usually take place at various points along the coast, but the highlight is the fireworks that take place at Praia do Farol da Barra.

The capital also has several traditional festivals that attract tourists on different dates of the year, such as Lavagem do Senhor do Bonfim, the Festa de Iemanjá and the Festa de Santa Bárbara.

Where to stay in Salvador

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Like any big capital, Salvador has a lot to offer and choosing a neighborhood to stay in can seem difficult during planning. If you want to know the main attractions of the city, choose a neighborhood like the neighborhoods of Barra, Rio Vermelho and Ondina, if your footprint is to know the history of the state, don't hesitate to look for a charming inn in Pelourinho. If your idea is to relax and stay in a quieter corner of the Bahian capital, choose neighborhoods like Flamengo and Itapuã.

A great option in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, one of the most bohemian and well located in the city, is the Mercure Rio Vermelho. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, infinity pool, business center, gym and parking. If you are looking for options in the Barra neighborhood, our tips are the Grande Hotel da Barra it's the The Hotel.

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