Salvador da Bahia Travel Guide

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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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  • Lacerda Elevator

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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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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  • 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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  • Maria Mata Moros

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Named after literature written by the Brazilian Hilda Histh, about a character, Maria Mata Mouro felt pleasure in what she ate. (I think I've got this right, correct me if I'm wrong!) This place is a darling little gem in the heart of Pelourinho... the atmosphere is charming and quaint, the back garden seating area is lush and romantic, the service...

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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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  • Sankofa African Bar

    Sankofa African Bar is located in the middle of Pelourinho and is a great spot in Salvador for live music - salsa, semba, samba, reggae, MPB etc. There is also DJ music from DJ Sankofa and DJ Vasco spinning out international beats with lots of African and Carribean music. The bar is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of a historic building with...

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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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  • Shopping Barra - Mall

    This mall was a convenient place for me to stop and check out shopping, Salvador style. It's a modern mall with some interesting Brazilian shops that I had never heard of before. On the whole, the clothing seems to be a very high quality here and prices are a lot better than in the States.

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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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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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  • Bahian dress

    All over the older part of Salvador, and especially in Pelorinho, you will see women dressed in the traditional style. Some of these work in the tourist-aimed shops, e.g. crafts, and wear the dress to attract customers, while others pose on street corners and hope to earn money by being photographed. Unlike in Havana, where a similar custom...

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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

  • 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

  • Arena Fonte Nova

    Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador is a newly build football stadium that was made for the 2014 football world cup in Brazil. It both works as a football stadium and as a concert venue, so you might be going there if you have some popular singer in town. I was there myself for two football games during the olympics and I was very impressed with the...

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  • Watching football at Arena Fonte Nova.

    Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador is a newly build football stadium that was made for the 2014 football world cup in Brazil. It both works as a football stadium and as a concert venue, so you might be going there if you have some popular singer in town.I was there myself for two football games during the olympics and I was very impressed with the...

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  • 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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Salvador da Bahia General

  • Hospital Espanhol

    I discovered this hospital when my brazilian friend showed me around Salvador. Then I saw the sign HOSPITAL ESPANHOL and I was curious. I took several pictures of it. I even noticed the spanish herb. It was good to know about its existence, just in case I fell ill in Salvador. The hospital was built in the XIX century, when many spaniards migrated...

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  • Spanish Hospital

    I discovered this hospital when my brazilian friend showed me around Salvador. Then I saw the sign HOSPITAL ESPANHOL and I was curious. I took several pictures of it. I even noticed the spanish herb. It was good to know about its existence, just in case I fell ill in Salvador.The hospital was built in the XIX century, when many spaniards migrated...

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  • 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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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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