Amazing colonial city, with lots to see
Banks, Making calls, frequent theft and pickpockets, Beware of cute kids on the streets. Cold showers. Toilets. Wait a long time for EVERYTHING. Don't *** off police carry ID
Bahia more Holidays, than days
Located right in the heard of the historic center of Pelourinho, the cluster of buildings sharing São Francisco's (St Francis) name are lovely pieces of architecture, history and culture.If you are walking the historic area, you will likely pass by here many times. It is worth the few minutes to go inside.The original church was built in 1587, but...more
The Igreja (church) Nosso Senhor do Bonfim is a very famous church within Brazil. The 18th century church is not as grandiose as the rumors I heard about it, but the interior of the church is still very impressive near the altar areas. The outside of the church is rather simple, but has the typical two tower symmetrical shape.It is located on the...more
This museum focuses on the sacred art and local history. Abelardo Rodrigues, who the museum is named after, has amassed the largest private collection of religious art in Brazil. There are just short of a thousand pieces on display.The main entry level of the museum has temporary displays which change throughout the weeks. They typically have local...more
The Fallen Cross Monument is an outdoor monument in the plaza between the elevator and the Placa da Se.The original Cathedral da Se was the first Holy See Cathedral in South America. Although it was a valuable and historical pieces, built in 1553, it was ultimately demolished in 1933.The monument is built near the still-visible ruins of the...more
The Casa do Comercio (or Commercial Trade House) is in the center of Pituba. It was built in the late 1980's, so it relatively modern, but has a rather unique style.There may not be the biggest draw for most people, but for those who like architecture and oddities, it is worth a visit. Visits for public are possible and there is a Bahia style...more
Salvador is constructed in a typical Portuguese way with a lower and an upper area. The Upper city is built on a hill about 70 metres above the lower City. A pedestrian lift was built in 1873 to make it easier for the people to move between the two areas. They called it Lacerda Elevator, and it became the main gate between the upper and the lower...more
Clean, nice hotel. Not very charming if you're looking for a more family owned pousada. But I do...more
Stay was during carnival.....good location if you want to party all night! If you dont, you will not...more
Large selection of hotels and ‘pousadas’ everywhere in Brazil, I am Brazilian and this is where I...more
There are many restaurants in the historic center, but when walking around I found many of them to focus on the tourists and offered more expensive menus while compensating on decorations and not food quality. Soteropolitano was somewhere in the middle. The prices were slightly less than the average tourist trap restaurant. The decorations were...more
Odoyá is right in the middle of the historic center of Pelourinho. Because of that, it is a bit touristy and possibly a bit overpriced, but it was a decent place nonetheless. The service was about average for restaurants in the area.There are many tables inside with air conditioning and a half dozen or more outside with umbrellas. In all the days...more
Terrace is great but if you want aircon there is a large indoor seating area. Lots of parties relaxing in the outdoor ambience. You don't have to eat a belt busting meal - there are quite a few small options. However the pasta with seafood is a huge amount of seafood.No menus in English when we were there.Never been embarrassed by a drink but their...more
O Cravinho is a local's landmark, right in the center of the historic area. The bar is relatively small, but that doesn't stop people since the crowd easily overflows into the large plaza of the Terreiro de Jesus.There are lots of tables on the sidewalks, but people who come late usually just stand about. It is locals place to come and meet...more
It is listed and advertised as the Traditional House of Forro. While it was pretty busy when we were there, it was by no means traditional. Doors open earlier, but the crowd does not arrive until ~10pm.The did play forro music and the dance floor was full of locals dancing to the rhythms, but it did not last long. Maybe it is because we arrived...more
Many nightclubs and dance venues in Brazil have live music. You'll find clubs with DJ's also, but the live music venues are tons of fun! Casual....A lot of people wear jeans and the ladies almost always wear heels. However, there really is no standard and I didn't see any enforced dress code. It's all up to you!more
Not only is it a noteworthy landmark, but it is a fully functional form of public transit. It was the first of its kind in Brazil, which started in 1873.The Elevador Lacerda spans the 85 m (279 ft) vertical cliff between:- Praça Visconde de Cayru at the bottom of Cidade Baixa. Just opposite the Mercado Modelo- Praça Thomé de Souza at the top of...more
The Axe (yellow exterior) and Costa Verde (white w. green lettering) "ONIBUS" bus line can take you up along the coast for a seaside misty ride. Making stops along all beaches North and South in Salvador. The ride will cost you 2reais (currency). The bus can be boarded at nearly all locations between Praca De Se, in Pelourhino, Porto Do Barra, and...more
Buses are expensive and take more than a day.Check this airlines out before getting a bus ticket: GOL (www.voegol.com.br), TAM (www.tam.com.br), BRA (www.voebra.com.br)If you still want to take a bus, these are your options:To Sao Paulo >>Sao Geraldo (tel. (71) 3450-4488 - www.saogeraldo.com.br)It takes 32 hours and costs about R$ 240.To Rio...more
I guess I could have written this as a restaurant tip, but these can be found just about everywhere, from street vendors to 5-star restaurants. It is part of the culture, something that must be tasted to get a full appreciation of the area.If nothing else, anyone who finds themselves in Salvador (or Bahia in general) should try the local foods....more
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The city has been in constant repair mode to bring back some of the original luster to the old Baroque neighborhoods. However, there is still a very visible line of what is nice and what is not.Much of the city and even the back streets in the historic area are very run down and not so safe in the dark hours. There are police present 24-hours a day...more
Don't stay at Barra Guest Hostel at Rua Recife,234 Barra - The English owner RUSSELL JAMES CHAMBERS and CRIS - his lady - take guests to Pelourinho where they are robbed. Then if you ask for help, very strangely CRIS SAYS NO, it's not the hostel problem and wants to leave you behind - strange, isn't it?? After a scandal that CRIS made in the middle...more
The North-eastern part of Brazil is the most impoverished regions in the country. Many of Salvador’s residents are poor and the city suffers from high levels of unemployment and crime. You should exercise caution when moving around at nights.A street child throw a big stone against me and hit my earlobe when I was eating in an outdoor restaurant in...more
Beware...While this church is beautiful and has a great history many people will stand outside and try to get you to buy things from them. There are also a lot of disabled and ill standing around asking for money.
Don't give them money! If you give one money you must give them all money.
I know it can be heart wrenching, but don't do it!
When visiting Salvador tourists always go to the Mercado Modelo for sihtseeing and shopping. What they miss is to see the foundations of this old building. At the main entrance you take a left and take the stairs down to get to the lower part. You can take a walk to the right side and get up again by the other stairs.
Bahia is home to Capoeira. As your days start speeding by during your visit you'll notice that, every other person is sporting these athletic uniform with the name of a group, or carrying a Berimbau, gathering in circles beating a pandeiro or drum, moving rhythmically and singing and if you get a chance to peep within the circle you'll discover ... CAPOEIRA!
Hear, see, sing, play, and try out Capoeira. An old brasilian form of, acrobatic, kicking, feet sweeping, head-butting, elbow-shoving, opponent passing, diversion, dance, martial arts involving music dance and participation from everyone including the audience.
It was created by enslaved Africans brought into Bahia. No one is too old or young to "jogar" (play) in the Roda (circle). What i just described is practiced with technique and sequences in, by Angola, Regional, Abada, or the Rua (street) capoeristas.
I had the honor of studying for 6 months at the Associacao de capoiera Mestre Bimba, under Mestre Bamba in Pelourihno. Please try it out while in bahia. There are many other schools as well. Walk along the streets of Pelourihno with your head cocked to the side so when you hear a berimbau look for a school or a capoeirista. If not watch a live full show. you can catch a daily one in Pelourihno in the Praca every day for free ask for Mestre JA MORREU or Mestre Bentihnoman whom does volunteer work with children at the Forte do Capoiera, (Capoiera Fort in Santo Antonio) . In Mercado Modelo the old African market which still has its original slave transporting cave underground intact and open for viewing. I believe Mestre Hulk leads the roda there, (you gotta love these names).
Or catch one at the Associacao do Capoeira Mestre Bimba (ask for Buda he speaks several languages or Dalva) which goes on tuesdays, thursdays and fridays, with a full capoiera, maculule and samba do roda to blow you away...Ginga!!!
Equipment: Yourself, some loose attire, a something to whipe the prespiration you'll aquire from either the sport itself, or the hot instructor.
Salvador is the capital city in the state of Bahia and the fourth largest city in Brazil with a population of 3 mill. people. It is also the center of the Afro culture in Brazil. Salvador was the major port of African slave trade in Brazil during 17th and 18th centuries. Just like it is in Lisbon and Maputo. The Upper city is built on a hill about...more