Salvador is situated 660 miles (1062 kilometers) east of Brasilia, the national capital, and approximately 750 miles (1207 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
Salvador is home to many fine beaches perfect for long days in the sun. Boa Viagem Beach and Busca Vida are two of the more popular local beachside haunts in this region. Porto da Barra Beach and Flamengo Beach are the other fine coastal destinations in the area.
The Salvador area is well known as a great destination if you love to shop so be sure to get your retail fix while you are here. Snap up a bargain, indulge in quality fashion pieces or just enjoy people watching. In Mercado Modelo and Salvador Shopping Mall there is a great variety of wares to suit all tastes. There is more shopping fun at Alameda do Sol and Iguatemi Shopping Mall.
Imagine how locals defended Salvador, by touring the city’s historic defenses. Some of the most photographed examples here are the Sao Marcelo Fort and the Tower House of Garcia d'Avila.
If you're keen on watching the world go by, be sure to explore these much-loved public squares and spaces in Salvador. The most visited of these spots that visitors should head to are Se Square, Castro Alves Square and Vinicius de Moraes Square.
This city offers lovers of nature plenty of outdoor adventures at its many attractive ecological reserves. Dique do Tororo, Humaita Point and Sapiranga Ecological Reserve are among the more popular of these. All these parks have their own unique array of wildlife and plant life.
If you are looking for a break from the bustling streets in Salvador you'll find cool breezes and fragrant blooms in one or more of its beautiful public parks. On a sunny day, take the whole family to Pituacu Metropolitan Park, Abaete Park or Costa Azul Park, some of the best parks and gardens for those seeking a little relaxation.
Head to Timeantube Lagoon or Abaete Lagoon. These are two places where visitors of Salvador love to come to relax and maybe drop a line in the water. Go for a hike or watch the fisherman and if the day is warm, cool off with a splash in the water.