Hostel Solar dos Romanos

Rua Portas do Carmo no 14, Salvador, State of Bahia, 40026-290, Brazil
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First time in Brazil

by darlic

I am thinking of coming to Salvador during January, via Rio de Janeiro if that's a good idea.
I am planning this break following the breakdown of a 26 year marriage so want lots of advice including is this a good location if on your own.
I would want to plan everything without the help of a travel agent so advise on flights accommodation etc would be great.
I assume the climate is hot and sunny in January,is it expensive? my only other experiance ousite europe was India where I have spent a great deal of time recently.
Any help and tips would be greatly appreciated.

Re: First time in Brazil

by bahiana77

Here are some resources to start with.

best info on sights, music, food, etc. in Salvador, including accomodation:

Most tourist infrastructure is found inthe Colonial historic district of Pelourinho and the lively urban beach neighborhood of Barra.

domestic flights:

flights UK to Fortaleza (north of Salvador):

companies that offer/offered direct UK to Salvador
Many of these folks stay at the all-inclusive Iberostar about 2 hours north of Salvador in the somewhat isolated (from the nightlife and music in the city itself) village of Praia do Forte. There are also resorts at Praia do Sauipe nearby.
Otherwise, to meet other English speakers, stay at a hostel where there might be lots of other single travellers. Most Brazilians do not speak any English, so at least, bring a phrasebook.

weather (temp. and precip. by month)

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Boa viajem.

Re: First time in Brazil

by grovier

Hi! I went 3 times in Brazil and each travel was done directly by myself...
The flight -as the first answer tell you- is quite easy to find,even if its a bit late for attractive prices-less than a month before traveling..- There are many options as a pass for inside flights...If you have to get in Rio, stay 3 days there...But Salvador is very interesting and different from all other main towns of Brazil.All the surroundings are very nice and some get unbreathless ( Itaparica, Morro de Sao Paulo, Praia do Forte) so spend there 576 days...
Prices are for an European quite cheap...
Have a nice trip...

Travel Tips for Salvador da Bahia

Praia da Forte

by Andreas_Fran

Some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Salvador on Bahia's Miracle Coast is the resort town/fishing village of Praia do Forte. Upon entering the village the fishing village aspect will not be immediately apparent, though it will become so when one reaches the beach at the end of the esplanade and sees the fishing boats moored out there in the water.
The esplanade is a recent phenomenon, having replaced the dirt street which was the village's principal thoroughfare until several years ago. During this transition simple houses were transformed into restaurants and crafts shops -- many of excellent quality -- and Praia do Forte has become a Bahian Carmel-by-the-Sea/ecological reserve, a place which has retained "reality" in the sense that it is not only tourists who spend time here, but Salvador residents as well.


by acemj

Fitas are ribbons that you will surely receive from children around the churches of Salvador. They will be holding a whole bunch of colorful fitas and will come up to you and start to wrap the ribbon around your wrist. With the first knot, they'll tell you to make a wish (I wish this kid would go away). Then, the kid will wrap the ribbon around your wrist again and tell you to make another wish (I wish this kid had some decent shoes on her feet). Finally, the kid will tie the third and final knot around your wrist and tell you to make a last wish (I wish I had more money to give you). Then, the kid will kiss your hand (at least mine did) and will say bless you and tell you to keep the fita on until it falls off naturally and your wishes will all come true. I bought all of her fitas and said a prayer for her.

Water Park

by andal13

Salvador da Bahia has a Water Park, "Wet'n' Wild" where you can enjoy a wet and wild day!

Salvador de Bahía tiene un parque acuático, el "Wet'n'Wild" ("mojado y salvaje"), en donde puedes disfrutar un día mojado y salvaje.


by martinelli about Extudo

Meeting point of artists from Salvador, Extudo has a very special relation with books. The walls are decorated with magnified book covers and all the items in the menu are named after books or movies. The food is excellent! I recommend: Os Camaroes de Maldoror (The Shrimps of Maldoror), O Queijo da Mulher Aranha (The Cheese of the Spider Woman) and A Pata da Gazela (embeded crab with tartar sauce... mmm!) Free.

Comida Bahiana - Only in Bahia

by scarm about Dona Chika Ka - in the heart of pelourinho

I like to eat at Dona Chica-Ka, a restaurant on the second floor near the center of Pelourinho. The food is traditional Bahiana food, derived from African traditions, with some colonial Brasilian thrown in. Rich in Dende (local palm oil), coconut milk, shrimp, and manioc (yucca)flour (farinha or farofa).

The building is an old house, and since the restaurant is on the second floor, it affords a birds eye view of the happeninigs in the street below. For those that want a brief respite from the rif-raf at street level, this is just the place. Be prepared to spend at least two hours here. I am not kidding, as this is Bahia, and time seems to stand still, and so does the waitstaff when you are anxious to get back on the street.


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