Farol da Barra, Salvador da Bahia
Perched proudly at the end of the Barra peninsula and housed inside an ancient Portuguese fort, Barra Lighthouse (Farol da Barra) is a prime spot to view the spectacular sunsets and views across All Saints Bay (Todos os Santos).
Explore inside the lighthouse and you’ll find a small museum filled with maps, charts and artifacts – many of which were recovered from sunken European galleons that plied the seas transporting goods and slaves during the colonial days.
Admire the splendid fort (Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra), built in 1534 to defend the capital from indigenous and Dutch advances, then lie back against its old stone walls to take in the sunset over the bay.
The next beach after Porto da Barra is Farol da Barra. It's shalow water is good for swimming, but at a distance from the shore, the sea is strong and good for surfing. It is also home to one of the city landmarks, Farol da Barra (Barra lighthouse). The sunset at Farol da Barra beach is a favourite postcard icon of the city.
You won't see many foreigner visitors; it's a traditional site. Barracas are more standard Bahian issue - tropical-looking thatched huts. There you find baianas (native women in their white dresses) cooking specialities from Bahia, as acaraje, abara, vatapa, bolinho de tapioca and cocada.
The end of the beach closest to the lighthouse is rocky, with protected pools making it a good place for kids to safely play in the water. The far end of the beach is usually surfer territory.
Farol da Barra is also where the main New Year celebration in Salvador takes place.
At the end of the Barra peninsula one can visit the lighthouse that offers a 270 degree view over the bay. If you visit here for sunset you will see that this is the only place in Brazil where the sun sets over the ocean!!
Enough of walking around zombielike in the harsh heat of the day , from 16th century church to 17th century church...? Now you're starving and thirsty and you want to rest in the shade..... Go and have lunch at the open air Cantina da Lua near Terreiro de Jesus and diagonally across from Igreja da Ordem Terceira de Sào Domingos. On the first picture we slowly gather at the right place planning to pig out as much as possible. On pic # 2 it's like : "After the Deluge"....The table looks like a battle field.... After hanging around for quite a while , pic # 3 shows our group at dusk near the Elevador Lacerdo ( 1872 and refurbished 1930 ) , with the Bahia De Todos Os Santos ( Bay Of All The Saints) in the background and the Cidade Baixa below. Driving along the Bay / Ocean Boulevard , we come to the point where the Bay ends and the Atlantic starts , there is this beautifully lit lighthouse which is more tourist attraction because of it being built on top of a fortress ( pic # 4 ) and finally , before heading back to the hotel THE typical brazilian refreshment - very tasty and healthy - coconut water , served in it's natural cask at shacks along the Ocean Boulevard. ( pic # 5 )
This lighthouse was built in 1598 and is one of the best turist spots in Salvador. You can also find a Nautic museum inside the bulding...very interesting with some letters from Europe to the first inhabitants of our contry.
Don't forget your camera!
This is the Lighthouse in Barra. The beaches around the Lighthouse are clean and beautiful. The Lighthouse is now a museum, which was closed for the 3 years that I was living there. It costs 3 Reais to get in and the view is worth it times a thousand.
First of all, in Brazil the word Barra is pronounced like the Spanish word Baja (Bah-ha). Since my hotel had a view of the lighthouse, I decided to pay it a visit. Barra is a cool area since it's one of the few spots in the world that you can sit on a beautiful cliff overlooking a beautiful bay on one side and a beautiful ocean on the other. All this while sitting next to a beautiful lighthouse and watching a beautiful sunrise over the ocean AND a beautiful sunset over the bay in the evening. Sounds beautiful, huh? Well, as you can tell by my pictures, the sun was hiding, so I guess I'll have to come back someday!!
The fort was constructed in 1534 and the lighthouse is inside with the museum inside of the lighthouse. It wasn't overly impressive, but the views over the bay were nice, despite the cloudy skies.
Wonderful view of the city! The nautic museum is in there. You cannot go up to where the light is, but you can go to the fort under it and have a cup of coffee or a cold beer. The Cafe is not very good, but the view is wonderful!
One of the best spots to see the sunset is behind Farol da Barra, sitting there between the fort and the sea... it's wondeful! You simply can't hear the buzz from the city because the wind is very strong and carries the noise away.
There are also notable examples of colonial secular architecture, including the Barra lighthouse at the Atlantic tip of the peninsula and many 17th-century forts.