Salvador da Bahia Travel Guide

  • Salvador da Bahia
    by Pierangelo
  • Salvador da Bahia
    by Pierangelo
  • Salvador da Bahia
    by MR_Gilbert

Salvador da Bahia Highlights

  • Pro
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    mangueirense says…

     Salvador has wonderful beaches, african culture, tremendous axe music, Carnival on the street and happy people all around 

  • Con
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    Zarasher says…

     People begging, Lack of jobs for local people 

  • In a nutshell
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     Get me, get me outta here, i wanna go back to Salvador Bahia! 

Salvador da Bahia Things to Do

  • Lacerda Elevator

    In 20 seconds, Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) takes you from Praca Tome de Souza in Cidade Alta (the Upper City) to the Praca Cairu in Cidade Baixa (the Lower City). You travel more than 70 meters in one of the tallest public elevators in the world. Some 50.000 passengers make the trip every day (about 120 at a time) using four elevator. It's...

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  • Pelourinho

    The historical centre itself, which revolves around the Pelourinho quarter with its triangular place, is characterized by its fidelity to the 16th-century plan, the density of its monuments, and the homogeneity of its construction on a hilly and picturesque site which embellishes the urban scenery by providing steeply falling and ascending views of...

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  • Churches

    A little away from the center of Salvador is a church called Nosso Senhor do Bomfim. That is a church build by portuguese sailors who survived a tropic storm on the way from Portugal to brazil and they build the church as a thank you for surviving the storm when they got ashore. Actually, the captain dedicated the rest of his life to building the...

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Salvador da Bahia Hotels

Salvador da Bahia Restaurants

  • Sorriso da Dada

    Don't let the exterior appearance deter you from eating at Dada. Once inside, you'll find a cozy room with paintings of the proprietor herself, Dada. She is a warm looking Afro-Brazilian woman usually depicted in traditional clothing and with a bright smile accented by a charming gap between her two front teeth. Too bad I didn't meet her while I...

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  • Yemanja

    This is meant to be the best Bahian seafood restaurant (Yemanje is the sea goddess) but I was slightly dissapointed. The acaraje were the heaviest I ever had in Bahia and the king prawn moqueca was good but nothing exceptional. Bit touristy...

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  • Barravento

    This is, as announced before, the second sea food tip for the phantastic Barravento restaurant which I thoroughly enjoyed. This time around we're having lunch at 4:00PM, I'm not really hungry but with a tremendous appetite, so I order the 2 cheapest seafood items on the menu because all I really want is a good snack and this I got.... First the...

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Salvador da Bahia Nightlife

  • Pelourinho Streets

    The famous brazilian band, olodum, often plays in the old city center of Salvador. Don't miss out on the band that inspired Poul Simon to make the album: rythm of the saints. The band is mostly formed by native youngsters who join the hundreds of musicians that the band consists of at a very young age and then slowly learn how to play the...

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  • Rio Vermelho

    The best hopping area in Salvador da Bahia is Rio Vermelho. Ask for "Mercado do pesce" and then walk around to find out the square you like more. Not far from the street action there are several pubs and clubs to explore. On Thursday-Saturday, from 10pm till late. Every Tuesday in Pelourinho there is the "Terza da Bencao" (Tuesday’s Blessing)....

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  • Aeroclube

    They have a few different things going on at Aeroclube... Its basically a nightclub... mostly very young folk... On Moday Nights they have Rock in Rio... which is the night I went on... unfortunately I got the in the early hours of the monring to it was winding down... I also went on another day where the people were slightly older and Samba music...

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Salvador da Bahia Transportation

  • Taxis

    As mentioned in many reviews, taxi services in Salvador range from mediocre to ripoff. There's many stories around of the tactics Salvador taxi drivers use to make a few extra bucks, from charging extra for air-conditioning and having the radio on, to getting 'lost' and charging extra to find the hapless travellers hotel. If it's any consolation,...

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  • Airport Bus

    Arrived today, asked a taxi and it would be r$100! ($50!) I asked the bus too, it was r$2,80! ($1.40!). So I asked if the bus takes much longer and the answer was no because it's the same route and same traffic! Take the bus, it's right outside the front door of the airport! AND there's a spot for luggage!

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  • Bus - Rodoviaria

    The rodoviaria (bus station) is located about five kilometers from the city center. There are direct buses to Praca de Se, but if you arrive at night it might be safer to take a taxi. From the airport take a 'Commercio'-Bus, it takes almost an hour to the bus station. On the second floor of the rodoviaria you can find the counters of the different...

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Salvador da Bahia Shopping

  • Mercado Modelo

    Mercado Modelo is the former slave market in Salvador and situtated down by the harbour. These days it has turned in to a tourist market but a pretty good one if you ask me. the architecture is still there and you can find some pretty good quality souvenirs if you look around. The place has a couple of good cafes, one of them on the second floor...

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  • Records and Music

    For fans of Brazilian music and vinyl, Bazar Som Tres is the best place I found in Brazil. Sure you can find some record shops in touristy areas, but the selection is limited and the prices are super high. Bazar Som Tres is not in a touristy area. To get there you have to exit the Pelorinho and walk down Ave. Jose Joaquim Seabra, where all the...

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  • Shopping Barra - Mall

    Shopping Barra is a large shopping mall – located within walking distance from Farol da Barra. You’ll find everything you need here: Clothes, shoes, souvenirs, books, CD’s/DVD’s… There is also a cinema and many restaurants and bars. I think this is a great place if you want to buy good quality. Shopping Barra is open 7 days a week.

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Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

  • Bahian dress

    When you enter Pelourinho in Salvador you’ll be met by baiana women wearing traditional Bahian dresses. The outfit of a baiana woman is turban, starched skirts of colourful pattern, shawl over the shoulder - or tied to the breast - and bracelets and necklaces. Today the dress is normally used in religious ceremonies – or by the women you’ll...

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  • Bahian Food

    Bahian cuisine has the influence of Portuguese, African and Indian cultures with a predominance of local exotic ingredients. Is characterized by the generous use of malagueta chili peppers and dende oil extracted from an African palm tree. Several Bahian dishes also contain seafood (usually shrimps), coconut milk, banana and okra. When you are in...

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  • Fitas

    I went to Salvador in 2007 and had my wrist covered in these beautiful Bahia Wish Bracelets. Long story short, I long ago forgot about them and the story behind them until I recently came across them again in an article. I miss Salvador and I miss the great tradition of Brazilian Wish Bracelets! All my wishes came true! Anywho, you can buy them...

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Salvador da Bahia Warnings and Dangers

  • Pelourinho

    I set out on foot for a restaurant about an hour after sunset on Monday, 14 July 2003. I soon got lost. I should have turned around and gone back the way I'd come. Instead I walked on, finding myself on Ave Contorno, the main street leading from Campo Grande in the Upper City to the center of the Lower City. Halfway down I decided to take a...

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  • Thieves

    I am a LOCAL born and raised and I DON'T recommend travelers to come to Salvador. Right now it is quite dangerous to travel here. Even during the day. There are very few policemen on the streets and they are NEVER around when you need them. Check these pictures at the british Journal the DAILYMAIL in MAY of 2013. these pictures talk by themselves....

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  • Carnaval

    Carneval in Salvador is the best party i have ever been to and i would go back any time. I did have a little problem with 2 guys though who beat me up for unknown reasons. Visiting a hospital in brazil was quite interesting though and they stitched me up pretty nicely.

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Salvador da Bahia Tourist Traps

  • Taking photos of capoeira

    If you take photos of people dancing capoeira, you are very likely to have guys asking you to donate money to capoeira schools.These guys are usually drug addicts who have nothing to do with the capoeira guys but are looking for easy money and they can be quite agressive.Ask the dancers before you take a photo to make sure any possible money goes...

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  • Beware of Guides

    As I walked into the tourist area I was met by a man with an official looking shirt and ID badge who said he was a guide and asked if I needed help. I said no, I was just on my way to the Post Office. He offered to show me the way which I declined as it was very easy to find, but he walked with me to the Post Office and waited outside while I...

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  • Pelhourinho in general!

    Most of Pelhourinho is one big tourist trap... Seems like people from all over the city flock to try and get a piece of the pie. It can be quite overwhelming... so make sure you don't spen your whole trip there or you will become jaded! People who come and beg for moeny generally are doing it every day... If you are going to give just give and...

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Salvador da Bahia What to Pack

  • Bring all your bras!

    A light suitcase as the allowance is only 20KG... you don't want the weight of your suitcase taking up half of that! I took with me all kinds of shoes that I didnt need... All that is needed are flip flop... That is all you will find that you will wear. Maybe a pair of heels if you plan on going to clubs and even then you can wear flip...

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  • Casual Casual Casual

    Mosquito Repellent, year roundYour Favorite Shampoo & ConditionerDeoderant (you'll be surprised at how much more you need it) Shorts, Linen Pants (in Dark and Light Colors), Tennis Shoes (cobblestones are NOT friendly to high heels, although we Brasilians wear them without incident) Allergy Meds (this is an tropical country, after all) Bring...

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  • Lots of Sun Block

    small bags, shorts and t-shirts and sandals almost every place you go day or night always casual, shorts and tees. Very hot in dezember, january, march and april the weather is not so hot, but salvador always is warm and suny take the usual medical supplies, tylenol, aspirin, repelent, stomach digestive, lots films

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Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

  • Morro de Sao Paulo

    It takes two hours to get to Morro on the Catamaran from Mercado Modelo... and it really is idyllic heaven. I stayed on the fourth beach which is quiet and ideal fro a relaxing getaway... There is more info on my Morro page.

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  • Linea verde

    The Green Line is one of the few bands left of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil: the development of agriculture, grazing and indiscriminate exploitation of coast have greatly reduced this natural heritage. The Green Line start to the north of Bahia until the border with the state of Sergipe and along the good BR1 you can meet touristic places, more...

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  • Tamar Reserve

    The Tamar reserve is a project that has been going on for many years at the little beach town called Praia do Forte 80 kilometers north of Salvador. The Tamar project protects the giant sea turtles off the brazilian coast and helps them protect their eggs in a way so that more new born turtles survive the first few hours of their life when many...

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Salvador da Bahia Sports & Outdoors

  • Nice crowd

    If you go to sports games on the beach, you might end up getting a good view like i did in Morro de sao paolo :O)It´s certainly a place where the spectators is not your usual aggresive guys trying to pick a fight with the fans from the other team as you can see on the picture :O).

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  • Soccer

    Soccer is king in Brazil, of course. I saw a few games while in Salvador. This stadium is called Fonte Nova. The club team Bahia used to play its home games here. I got to see a Ba-Vi in this stadium, the classic match up of Bahia vs. Vitória.

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  • CHELITO-Fishing, diving, and boating.

    Did you ever experience the colour of the DEEP BLUE SEA? Unbelievable!Go linefishing with a local fisherman, he knows how to find the best spots, he will show you how to fish on a longline, he will let you pull his line if you like, and he will do what he can to make sure you dont feel uncomfortable during the trip. He knows what bait to use, and...

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Salvador da Bahia Favorites

  • African influence

    This part of Brazil is rich in African history. The Portuguese brought over 2 million slaves from Africa in colonial times. The black influence is obvious in Salvador, bright colours everywhere. Rich cuisine with lots of beans, plantains and cassava flour.

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  • Praia do Porto da Barra

    Praia do Porto da Barra is the closest beach to the centre of town. The beach is really popular among the locals and can be very crowded (especially on Sundays), but is a fun place to hang out.It not the biggest beach in the world, but it’s sandy and the water is clear and calm.The beach is loaded with vendors selling anything you can think about...

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  • Lot´s of tourist police.

    Pelourinho used to be a very dangorous place but today it has become a very safe place as the place is swarming with tourist police who are there only to make sure nothing happens to the visitng tourists.They are almost on every street corner and are very easy to recognise if you need help.

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Comments (2)

  • Oct 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I am a LOCAL born and raised and Salvador and I GUARANTEE that the city is NOT prepared to receive tourists, and that its dirty and without structure. I DON'T recommend travelers to come to Salvador. Right now is quite dangerous to travel here. Even during the day.

  • Oct 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I AM A LOCAL citizen and i DONT recommend tourists to come to SALVADOR DA BAHIA. The city is very dirty, dangerous and offers no structure for tourism. Burglars and Drug dealers make dummies out the local police and there are lots of other dangers.

    Check this link at de DAILYMAIL journal. The images talk by themselves.

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article...

 
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