Fun things to do in Salvador da Bahia

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    Historical city center

    by draguza Written Mar 16, 2014

    The historical centre of Salvador, frequently called the Pelourinho, is renowned for its Portuguese colonial architecture with historical monuments dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Founded in 1549 as Brazil’s first capital, and the seat of the Portuguese government for more than two centuries, today Salvador de Bahia is a metropolis with over three million inhabitants. The oldest section of the city, the Centro Antigo, houses 80,000 residents. At its core is the colonial-era Centro Histórico, which is composed of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century houses and churches.

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    Terreiro do Jesus

    by draguza Written Mar 15, 2014

    One of the top attractions in Salvador, Terreiro de Jesus condenses Bahia's melding of religions and cultures in its name, history and uses. The square in the Graça district, lined with colonial houses, is the site of the Afro-Brazilian Museum, of a 17th century Jesuit church - the city's Cathedral Basilica - and churches dedicated to St. Dominic and St. Peter.

    However, the square is also a capoeira central. Local groups of capoeira de rua (street capoeira) practice to the sound of the berimbau. Some have regular appointed times - Friday nights have traditionally been a time for capoeira gatherings on the square.

    A striking attraction of the square is the 19th-century cast iron fountain with a Carrara marble base. The fountain is topped by a statue of goddess Ceres, and has representations of two men and two women representing major Bahia rivers (Jequitinhonha, Paraguaçu, Pardo and São Francisco).

    Next to Terreiro de Jesus, a largo in front of the St. Francis church and convent has a self-standing cross (cruzeiro) dating back to the early 19th century.

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    Aeroclube Plaza Show

    by sunlovey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This place reminded me of Orlando?Ultra colorful and lively, it's like an outdoor entertainment center and mall rolled into one. But the locals seemed to flock to it. Featuring restaurants, food and drink kiosks, tons of shops, bars, a night club, a miniature golf course, go carts, bungee jumping, you name it...

    Doesn't feel like Salvador there. But it's something different to do, especially if you're traveling with kids.

    This is also where Fashion Club is located... a nightclub some of the concierges at our hotel told me about. Didn't venture out to it though.

    Sorry I didn't take pictures, like I said, it looked and felt like Orlando so I didn't see it necessary.

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    Local Radio Station 104 FM

    by msp_ssa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you've returned from Salvador or are thinking about going I'd recommend tuning into this local radio station, 104FM. They play a very high percentage of Brazilian artists and have a good mix of music. I find myself making tentative plans to move back to Brazil everytime I tune in this station, which is pretty frequent these days.

    Sometimes the feed is down or has a lot of static, but when it's up, it's pretty clear. If it happens to be down you can try PiatãFM. The quality of their feed isn't as good though. Mas, da prá matar uma saudade...

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    Terreiro de Jesus

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 27, 2011

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    Terreiro de Jesus is a beautiful square in Salvador, and is a good place to start a sightseeing-tour of the old city.

    The square is surrounded by the 17th century Catedral Basílica, the neoclassical Antiga Faculdade de Medicina (which now houses the Afro-Brazilian Museum), and a couple of old churches (Igreja São Pedro dos Clerigos and Igreja de Ordem Terceiro de São Domingos de Gusmão).

    When standing on the square looking at Igreja São Pedro dos Clerigos you’ll see that the church only has one finished spire. If the other was built, the church would have to pay tax as a finished building!

    At the center of the square, there is a large iron fountain of French origin from 1855. The fountain represents Ceres - the goddess of the agriculture. It is also here capoeira demonstrations take place throughout the day (remember to give tip if you take pictures…).

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  • Wonderful sunset at Solar do Unhão

    by LisaMor Written Jul 28, 2009

    Solar do Unhão is an old building which has been converted into a heritage site and museum.

    This eighteenth century structure is built around a cental stone courtyard. Apart from just wandering around and investigating the various buildings, you can visit the modern art gallery in the main building showcasing works by Portinari and Di Cavalcanti. To the right, a path will take you to a garden where sculptures by Caribé and Mario Cravo are on display. A small building beside the gardens houses the rest of the collection. Although the collection is small, expect some breathtaking views of the ocean.

    In the external area, there's a deck with a restaurant where you can watch one of the most stunning sunset of Brazil, at the seaside, smelling and felling the see breeze.

    Take a look at the website www.salvador-bahia.tur.br to have more informations about this wonderful place.

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    Medical Library

    by MikeAtSea Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    Salvador was home to the first medical school in Brazil in the 19th century. The medical library which is adjacent to the former school is in urgent need to be renovated. However the facade and the statues guarding the entrance still show the splendor of the past.

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    Visit a Favela

    by Zarasher Updated Feb 14, 2007

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    I dont know if this is something I would reccommend everybody to do... but I certainly was curious... hearing so much about Favela conditions... danger etc...

    I was scared when I first got there because of everything I had heard... but when I got there it really was fine... Yes it is poor and the conditions are somewhat shabby... but they are just people living not robbers... drug dealers etc... they have eating and drinking places... beauty salons etc...

    I was fortunate enough to have someone I met take me to their family's home. They were very welcoming and made me feel comfortable. We sat down had cofee and watched a talent show on TV.

    I wouldn't reccommend going in the dark or when it is raining because those slopes are a bi%*h. I was struggling to climb the hills and the lack of drainage makes it all the more worse.

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    Relax!

    by andal13 Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    In Salvador, an hour has 90 minutes... Everybody has time for everything, so leave your stress at home, and relax!!!

    En Slavador, una hora tiene 90 minutos... Todo el mundo tiene tiempo para todo, así que deja tu estrés en casa... ¡y relájate!!!

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    Dique do Tororo

    by martinelli Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dam built by the dutch (NATURALLY!) a long time ago and recently reformed, Dique do Tororo is simply dazzling. In its surroundings you find good restaurants, places to work out at, sidewalk so you can promenade along the lake, benches for those in love, boats, canoes etc...

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    OSBA - Orquestra Sinfonica da...

    by martinelli Written Sep 24, 2002

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    OSBA - Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia (Bahia Sinphonic Orquestra).
    Not only a very good orchestra, but also concerned about bringing culture to one and all. With a policy of letting the elderly attend the concerts for free and always reserving special chairs for those who cannot normally afford to watch a concert, they also play in hospitals, public schools, squares, museums, outdoor stages...

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    Sabor dos Saberes -...

    by martinelli Written Sep 24, 2002

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    Sabor dos Saberes - Livraria/Cafe/Internet
    It's a very very very charming bookstore in the heart of Pelourinho. There you find very good books about arts and life appreciating in all dimensions (sailing, tiles, religion, tourism, photography) and they have cultural events going on every week, usually on monday and wednesday nights. They generally include poetry, fine arts or simply getting people together, always for free. The owner of the bookstore is one of the most important indigesnists in Brazil and also very lovely and kind, as is his wife, who also runs the place. They have the best cappucino in town and you can read the books or draw while you drink it. They also sell paintings and some music, posters, wonderful and rare postcards and some souvenirs.

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    Castro Alves Square

    by martinelli Written Sep 24, 2002

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    Named after the abolicionist bahian poet Castro Alves, who used to go to that square speak out his poems in favour to the end of slavery, this is certainly one of the most beautiful squares in the world. At a time of the year, the sun sets in the hand of the statue, at another, the moon rises from it.

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    Beautiful buildings

    by deeper_blue Written Jan 2, 2013

    The colonial architecture here gives Salvador a really fresh feel about it. The facades are colourful and funky and it's no wonder people here are full of life.

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    Camara Municipal

    by MikeAtSea Written Mar 4, 2007

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    This is the 17th century city hall of Salvador with impressive arches. The city hall on occasions offers cultural exhibitions.

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