The lighthouse in Salvador is sitting very pretty on a little cape just where the beaches begin.
It plays an important part in the history of salvador and you hear it mentioned in songs very often.
Lighthouse in portugese is "farol" by the way.
The beaches in Salvador are not as pretty as in many other places in Brazil, but they are very lively and a nice place to hang out and watch the local life.
They are also very good for catching a game of football late in the afternoon aswell as one of the many tasty bahian snacks.
I know it is hard to leave your family and friends during this time of year but, spending one Christmas and New Years in Salvador Bahia is worth it.
This holiday is big in any part of Brazil. In Salvador there is a free concert at the Light house with approx. 500,000 people. I lived in Salvador for 1 year and the New Years party is one of the best parties outside of Carnival. Dressing in white will assure you good luck, good fortune and of course more wealth in the new year.
After the fireworks at midnight, everyone goes to the beach where they have a table reserved to drink, eat, take a swim and dance in the sand until dawn.
Of course, you have to go to a beach in Salvador.
Personally, the beach right at Salvador is not to my liking, too narrow and surrounded by too many touristy restaurants and bars.
Take the bus towards the airport and keep a look-out to your right. The bus travels along the coastline and as you start seeing nice beaches, let the driver know that you want to get off at a great beach and let him recommend you one.
It is very tempting to jump right off, but wait longer and the beaches get better and better.
It's impossible to stay in Brasil without spend some time on the beachs: you can choose quite, desert palce, but all the brasilian love to stay on beaches with 'barracas' ( beach bar) drinking fruit shakes (vitaminas) or "bem gelada cerveja", eating fish or shrimps, playing beachvolley, football, fishing, doing capoeira, surf, windsurf or kitesurf......sport is a way of life, like music that you can listen everywhere.
The beaches of Salvador da Bahia (especially at the islands) are excellent classrooms if you want to learn biology: alive crabs, starfishes, sea snails, can be seen through clear water.
Las playas de Salvador de Bahía (especialmente en las islas) son excelentes aulas si deseas aprender Biología: cangrejos vivos, caracoles marinos, estrellas de mar, pueden verse a través de las aguas transparentes.
Salvador da Bahia has several nice beach, like Itapoã, Piâtá, Ondinha, Barra, Amaralina...
passar uma tarde em Itapoã
ao sol que arde em Itapoã
ouvindo o mar de Itapoã
falar de amor em Itapoã..."
Toquinho e Vinícius
spend the afternoon at Itapoa
the burning sun at Itapoa
hearing the sea at Itapoa
talking about love at Itapoa...")
The picture shows Piâtá beach, not Itapoã, but I do not know any song about that beach!
Salvador de Bahía tiene numerosas playas lindas, como Itapoã, Piâtá, Ondinha, Barra, Amaralina...
pasar la tarde en Itapoã
al sol que arde en Itapoã
oyendo el mar de Itapoã
hablar de amor en Itapoã..."
La foto muestra la playa de Piâtá, no Itapoã, pero no sé ninguna canción que hable de esa playa!
BEACHES - II
Jaguaribe was the surfers' spot of the early 90's. Maybe that's why it's so dear to me. In my teens, in love with anything that was able to stand on his feet on a board... *lol*. Still Jaguaribe is absolutelly beautiful. The shore is much wider, there are people playing sports there, surfing, etc. Not as good for swimming (given the number of boards on water), but excellent for bading, eating and doing what bahians love doing at the beach: PLAYING DOMINO!
BEACHES - III
The name of this beach is latin and means 'Star of the Sea' - the name in portuguese of the starfish. This beach is absolutelly dazzling and the most surfable in Salvador. White sand, wonderful sunset, troubled water - we like it wild, we like it rough!
BEACH. You can find almost all kinds of beaches in Salvador. Actually, Salvador is almost an island. It is a triangle attached to the country by one of its sides - the other too are baded by the Atlantic.
* Porto da barra, if you want family, peace and quiet environment. It has no waves...
* Jaguaribe, if you want to see people and sunbade, more than swimming. Surfing spot, so be careful with the sea - the streams are strong and you might just as well be carried away or hit by a board!
* Flamengo, is the best of all beaches in my opinion. Good sand, good sea, not too crowded. And it has the best beach hut in Salvador. Just to give you an example the food and drinks there are cheaper than in the other huts, the decoration is fine and every time I go there I watch the moon rise from the sea by the sound of Billie Holiday...
* Farol da Barra, for those who are getting started on surfing. Jogging and other sports are also welcome. Also if you like to dive there's an old ship wreck not far from the light house that attracts people from all over the country to come visit. There's 2 or 3 diving resources rentals in Barra.
Visit Largo da Santana in Rio Vermelho. Here you can sample acarajé by Dinha and have a beer or two. Acarajé is black eyed pea dough fried in palm oil, they call it azeite de dendé. It´s tasty but potent so don´t eat too much.
The beautiful old buildings make this place special. You can see the artisanal fishing boats along the beach too. Sometimes in the afternoon and early evening there are rodas de capoeira in the square. This is less of a touristy location than Pelourinho and you get a good feel of the artist population of Salvador.
and more precisely Aleluja beach..very lively and popular with locals..guess a bit too crowded on Sundays.
BEACHES, BEACHES, BEACHES...There are fabulous beaches in Salvador..excellent to relax, watching the blue sea while eating fresh fish and drinking coconut water...absolutely wonderful!!