Villa Bahia

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Largo do Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco, no 16/18, Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Costs 88% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Staying in Barra

by chillmode

This is my first trip to Brazil. I have been in Salvador for 5 days in Barra. If any one wants to meet up for a drink or check out some sights let me know. Obrigado

Re: Staying in Barra

by bahiana77

So tell us how you are liking it and what you have done so far.

Re: Staying in Barra

by WHLTravelBrazil

Salvador is a special city, trust it. In only one place you can see history, beaches and try amazing food.

Re: Staying in Barra

by chillmode

I enjoy Salvador. When I arrived I experienced a big cultural adjustment. The weather is tropical. It rains a lot.The most important advice I could give anyone is to learn portuguese. Most of the residents in Salvador do not speak any english. It will be easier for people to take advange of you when spending money if you do not speak any portuguese. The more portuguese you speak the better. Some times employees at night clubs and other establishments will not give you back your change when you buy things. I have been spending a lot of my time at Barra and Porto da Barra at the beach. Pelourinho has been the highlight of my trip. Walking and partying in the streets listening to music and drum beats. Pelourinho is rich in culture. I having a great time.

Re: Staying in Barra

by bahiana77

Next time, go see my graying-blond dredlocked friend Paulista, who rents chairs at the base of the double staircase at Porto da Barra ------ the guy with the ear-to-ear grin.

Consider your lost change a contribution to the local economy, or part of the gringo tax.

The rain will lessen and the ensaios will start very soon.

Get off the tourist path a tiny bit.....
Go to Itaparica by ferry for a day on the beach there. Take the bus that runs down the orla (seafront)to Itapoa and walk on the beach to the farol (lighthouse)to hang out and even have a moqueca. Go to listen to music at Casa da Mae or hang out on the praca in Rio Vermelho. Walk out the street connecting Pelourinho to the Largo do Santo Antônio to the oratorio Cruz do Pascoal and the bar there. Explore the busy shopping street you pass when you take the bus from Barra to Pelourinho.

Where have you ended up staying? Have you started the teaching job yet? Where/which school/organization? Where are you studying Portuguese? (The more you can speak, the more local friends you'll make.)
Keep us posted.

Travel Tips for Salvador da Bahia

Tropicalia - Libertarian par Excellence

by mircaskirca

Tropicalia was a movement that shook Brazilian popular music and culture in the late 1960s. It manifested itself in music, theatre, poetry and plastic arts, however it's associated almost exclusively with the movement's musical expression that combined North American rock, psychedelic, avantgarde music, funk and soul with Brazilian and other latin american styles. Leaders were Bahian singer-songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil and other musicians associated with the movement Gal Costa, Tom Ze and Os Mutantes. The 1968 collaboration album Tropicalia: ou Panis et Circenses is considered the musical manifesto and the songs Alegria, Alegria (Joy, Joy) by Caetano and Domingo no Parque (Sunday in the Park) by Gilberto Gil the milestones of the new movement.

Tropicalia was a passionate and inteligently articulated response to military dictatorship which had taken over the country in 1964 and the ultimate counter-cultural statement - a true revolution that re-defined Brazilian art and re-shaped Brazilian identity. In part, tropicalia was also a reaction to the perceived stodginess of bossa nova music, which had been the dominant pop style since the late 1950s. Tropicalia and bossa nova have both come to be referred to as part of MPB, Musica Popular Brasileira.

This revolucionary artistic movement lasted for a little more than a year and ended up being repressed by the military government. Its end began with the imprisonment of Gil and Caetano in December 1968. Ironically, Gilberto Gil, one of the prime architects of Tropicalia and one-time thorn in the side of then military regime, is now minister of culture in the government of president Lula. In the joyously anarchic spirit of Tropicalia, Gil juggles his music career and politics with some style, regularly getting his guitar out and singing songs in the middle of government meetings.

Copoeira at Farol Da Barra

by Kittelite

It is well known that the capoeira groups are performing their sport outside the lighthouse in Barra, and the photo proves that it is for everybody to learn. I watched this little group with big interest one morning. These disabled kids were having a great time together, and it was obvious that they were taken very seriously by the grownups who were their teachers.

Turtles and a Quaint Town

by NedHopkins

Praia do Forte is about two hours, by road, north of Salvador. It is home to Projeto Tamar, the world's leading effort to save the various endangered species of sea turtle.

The Project's grounds are small but fascinating. The part of the town adjacent to the grounds is filled with restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops (some with interesting items).

Unfortunately, the company I went with -- AdVal Turismo -- gave us barely an hour at the Project.

We were then taken to a nearby beach, at Guarajuba, for lunch (not included) and a three-hour stay. The beach was fine, but no better than 10,000 others in Brazil. For the R$40 (less than US$14) AdVal charged, I'd rather have spent the entire time in Praia do Forte.

Gettin' hungry yet?

by acemj about Bompreco

There was a grocery store right behind my hotel in Barra, so I figured there was no need for me to overpay by using the refrigerator in my hotel room. Instead, I grabbed a few drinks and snacks here and paid a lot less.

The Best Ice Cream in the City

by mircaskirca about Sorveteria da Ribeira

It has been considered the best ice cream in the city for more than 70 years. People come even from Itapoa to another point of the city to taste a great variety of flavours, from nuts and chocolate to all imaginable fruits from the Amazon region. They have a reputation for the ice cream being made from natural fruit.

A beautiful view of the sea of Ribeira and the low price bring the visitors back. About 800 people come daily on weekends.

It's open daily from 10am to 10:30pm. They offer 52 sorts of ice creams and a lot of them launched themselves. Some of their specialities are the flavours of mangaba, jaca, carambola and tapioca.

My favourites were tapioca and cupuacu. Ah, yummy!!!


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 Villa Bahia

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Address: Largo do Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco, no 16/18, Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil