Salvador da Bahia Travel Guide

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

Salvador da Bahia Things to Do

  • Pelourinho

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Beaches

    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.

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Salvador da Bahia Hotels

Salvador da Bahia Restaurants

  • Barravento

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Yemanja

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Sorriso da Dada

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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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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  • French Quartier - French Quarter

    Nice ambient, high level food and live music too. French Quartier is the best option in Salvador da Bahia if you like blues and jazz live show. Unhappily the menu' is a bit expensive, but you can snach inside and stay all night just having your bear...Perfect to impress your girlfriend. From Monday to Saturday starting at 5pm. Average age 30-50,...

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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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  • Ferry Boat

    If you plan to go to the island of Itaparica, i recommend to go to Mar Grande. As i see it this island is overexposed, and less than interresting! Many talk about those beautiful beaches and the fantastic waters, but i think they are quite muddy, and the water is unclear. The restaurants are expensive, and all places but Mar Grande seem desserted....

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  • Elevator Lacerdo

    Salvador is devided in to a new part of town by the harbour and an old part situated on a hill. To get from one side to the other you need to take an old elevator. It's possible to go by road aswell, but it takes much longer and it's not a very safe road. The elevator costs next to nothing and it's quite interesting. It was build in the 1930´s and...

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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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  • Street Vendors

    If you get off the beaten path, you may find a busy street where vendors set up on the sidewalks. All manor of goods may be found here, including many books, or leather goods, or even mobile phone masks. If you buy anything, it should be because you like it. I am not here to tell you what appeals to you.

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Salvador da Bahia Local Customs

  • 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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  • Capoeira

    Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. But capoiera is much more; it is a ritual and a philosophy, a cultural tradition and a way of life. It was invented by African slaves in Brazil over 450 years ago. The African slaves that came to Brazil brought with them their...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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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

  • Bus/kombi travel in Bahia

    Bus travel, taxi and van traveling in Bahia is very good. At high travel times, it can be annoying due to number of passengers but not too bad. Travel here "LIKE YOU BELONG HERE" and usually it will be OK. Behind the rear door but close to it is the best place in the bus, wind/cooling and exit makes the trip easier. Bahia; bolo do mandioca,...

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  • 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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  • 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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